Do you remember those bite-sized wind-up cars you played with as a child? Or, do you remember those 25 clowns piling into a itty-bitty box on wheels at the circus? Yeah, that’s what the 2014 Fiat 500L reminds me of. In fact, when you look at the 2014 Fiat 500L the last thing that comes to mind is sex appeal.
Slapping an Abarth name on it, adding some sporty flair and a stronger engine does little in the way of making it sexier and more appealing. But that is exactly what Fiat is going for. Fiat is giving it a valiant effort by featuring beautiful women who undress at the sight the Fiat 500 Abarth. “The Italians are coming”? Believe me I am definitely attracted to Italians but this? Not so much.
Nevertheless, if you’re into cute and you’re into small, then this is the car for you. It does offer some utility to owners because you can still strap a kayak or some mountain bikes to the roof but its utility ends there. Also, you might look a little goofy as these items are larger than the car, but it works. If you’re in the market for a compact economy car, you may also want to consider the Mini Cooper Countryman. It’s more stylish and offers more get-up-and-go however you would pay a bit more for it.
The 2014 Fiat 500L features a 1.4-liter four banger that delivers 160 hp and 180 lbs. of torque. Its horsepower is mediocre at best and traveling from 0-60 in 9.1 seconds is not exactly awe-inspiring either. It returns decent fuel economy at an estimated 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, although I would expect higher numbers from such a tiny car.
For 2014, the Fiat 500L is offered in four trim levels- Pop, Easy, Trekking and Lounge. Compared to the entry level 500, you get an additional 2 cubic feet of space and a smaller abundance of hard plastics in the 500L.
The base Pop 500L features standard 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, AC, cruise, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, Bluetooth®, and a 6-speaker sound system with a 5-inch color touchscreen display, an auxiliary input jack and a USB/iPod® interface.
The Easy 500L gets 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and an upgraded audio system. An optional Premier Package will add a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a navigation system and a larger 6.5-inch color touchscreen display. This package is also available on the Trekking and Lounge trim levels.
Stepping up to the Trekking 500L will get you all of the features found on the Easy plus17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, sporty front and rear body panels and a two-tone interior with premium cloth upholstery.
The top-of-the-line Lounge 500L reverts back to the 16-inch alloys but adds chrome exterior mirrors and trim pieces, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Standard safety features across the board include antilock disc brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, stability and traction control, front airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, front-seat side-mounted airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active head restraints for front seat occupants.
Overall, the 2014 Fiat 500L has some nice things to offer but nothing out of the ordinary. It is enjoyable to drive as long as you have the patience for its sluggish throttle response. Despite its tiny exterior dimensions, it still offers plenty of leg room throughout and a quality interior although it feels like you’re sitting in a fishbowl. Either way, check it out for yourself. This is one of those cars that it either works for you or it doesn’t and depending on your tastes, it just may be the perfect fit.
It’s a space saver alright and it’s affordable!
Feels like your sitting in a fish bowl and has a sluggish throttle response.