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Our Fleet Test Drive: Fiat 500L - 3rd Report

Date: 06 May 2014   |   Author: Guy Bird

For vertically challenged drivers, the 500L's huge tailgate can take a bit of reaching when fully open
Mileage: 5075
P11D price: £18,835
Our average consumption: 43.2mpg
Official combined consumption: 62.8mpg
Forecast CPM: 45.4p

Small MPV-class cars need to do functionality well - especially at the rear - and despite clear aesthetic links to its sister city car, Fiat's designers have made sure the 500L delivers on such practicality in a way owners of the regular 500 could never expect.

The 500L's massive rear opening is a great start, allowing all sorts of things to fit inside. Minimum space with the rear seats up is 343 litres; not huge, but that soon swells to 400 litres by sliding the fore/aft adjustable rear seats forward a tad.

A pull of the handle on the seat shoulder and the 60:40-split rear seats effortlessly tumble forward with the aid of gas struts to tuck in behind the front seats and give more room still.

And tuck the exterior lip-level loading floor downwards a notch and you get a flat floor and a maximum 1310 litres of very usable space that will be a real boon for those who find it unpleasant or physically difficult to wrestle with some other cars' rear-seat systems.

The only downside is that for smaller drivers the huge tailgate can take a bit of reaching when fully open, although the interior handle helps.


  • Characterful, panoramic roof, big boot
  • Slightly plasticky interior in places