2019 Fiat 500L

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2019 Fiat 500L Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: October 17, 2019


Fiat 500 looks like a bigger and ballooned 500 which can seat 5. The quality of interiors is questionable still, but storage space inside is ample. The best part about it is its price tag. Despite having a less than average looks, the wagon offers a quality ride.

Fiat 500L comes with a quick shifting 6-speed automatic transmission that has been mounted on a 1.4 L turbo petrol engine that delivers 160 horses and a torque of 184 lb. ft. The Fiat 500L wagon gets a front-wheel-drive system. Unfortunately, there is no AWD option available.

Mini Cooper and Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) competes with the Fiat 500L. Pricing options for the 2019 incarnation of 500L start from $20,995. This makes the ride costlier than that of the Civic Hatchback (LX). Nonetheless, 2019 Fiat 500L outshines the competition in terms of most torque, spacious seating and voluminous cargo capacity.

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Pros

Space inside

Color options

Vast cargo capacity

Price tag

Cons

Quality of cabin

Does not feel quick off the line

Not so ergonomic seats

What's New?

Nothing much has changed from the updates last year.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22160

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

160 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

184 lbs.-ft @ 2500 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

59.1/59.4

dimensions

wheelbase

102.8 in.

length

167 in.

width

70.2 in.

height

65.7 in.

curb weight

3254 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

68 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/30 mpg

highway range

396 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Fiat 500L in Blu Denim color  2019 Fiat 500L in Blue Tornado color  2019 Fiat 500L in Bronze Metallic color  2019 Fiat 500L in Dark Forest Green Metallic color  2019 Fiat 500L in Grigio color
Blu Denim

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Ratings

Features

6.8

Engine And Performance

4.7

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

3.0

5.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Fiat 500L Pop

Pop

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$22,160


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pop 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $22,160 MSRP (22/25/30) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Bianco
  Nero
  Blue Tornado
  Grigio Chiaro
  Rosso
  Grigio Scuro
  Bronzo Metallizato

 2019 Fiat 500L Trekking

Trekking

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$23,575


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Trekking 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,575 MSRP (22/25/30) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Verde Bosco Perla
  Bianco
  Giallo
  Nero
  Arancia Pastello
  Blu Denim
  Rosso
  Grigio Scuro
  Bronzo Metallizato

 2019 Fiat 500L Urbana

Urbana

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$23,920


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Urbana 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,920 MSRP (22/25/30) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive TBD

 2019 Fiat 500L Lounge

Lounge

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$24,570


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lounge 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $24,570 MSRP (22/25/30) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Verde Bosco Perla
  Bianco
  Nero
  Blue Tornado
  Blu Denim
  Rosso
  Grigio Scuro
  Bronzo Metallizato

Expert Review

5.3

Overall Rating


The Fiat 500L is offered with a turbocharged engine that comes mated to a six-speed transmission. The pricing for the base the model starts at $21,750.  The base engine has all the characteristics of a daily commuter. If you are looking to squeeze out more fun out of your 500L then you might be in for a disappointment. It is cozy and comfortable but not fast and furious.


6.8/10
Features

 

4.7/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

3.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 Fiat 500L Features

6.8/10

There are a total of 3 trims available to choose for the 2019 Fiat 500L. The base trim is labelled Pop, then there is Trekking trim and Lounge is the high-end trim. Pricing options for the Pop trim start from $20,995, whereas Trekking trim comes with an opening bid of $22,995. Lounge trim is set with an initial price-tag of $23,695.

Trim

Pop

Trekking

Lounge

MSRP

$20,995

$22,995

$23,695

Key Features

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls

Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off

Air conditioning with micron filter and Automatic

 

Power windows, front 1-touch down; power locks

Front Fog Lamps

Temperature Control (ATC)

 

Premium cloth bucket seats with passenger armrest

Radio: Uconnect 4 Nav w/7" Display

Alpine premium audio system

 

Rear cargo shelf panel

Rear spoiler (manual)

SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone

 

Rearview mirror with microphone

7 BeatsAudio Speakers

Bodyside mouldings with 500 logo

 

Retractable 3-position soft top (Cabrio)

Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity

Bright belt moulding

 

Uconnect 5.0 multimedia centre with 5-inch touchscreen

Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter and Illuminated Entry

heated mirrors

 

radio featuring integrated voice command and Bluetooth streaming audio

Leather-faced seats

Fog lamps

   

SiriusXM satellite radio

   

Overhead passenger-assist handle

   

Heated front seats

Pricing options for Pop, Trekking and Lounge trims start from $20,995, $22,995 and $23,695, respectively. Standard features with the Pop trim are available in the Trekking trim plus some others. Same is true for Trekking and higher Lounge trim.

We Recommend

Trekking trim offers the most value for money. For an additional expense of $2k, you get a number of great features. The list includes front fog lamps and a 7-speaker audio system.

2019 Fiat 500L Engine and Performance

4.7/10

“Despite sharing its 160-hp turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four with the hot-rod 500 Abarth, the 500L is sluggish at best; a six-speed automatic is standard, and front-wheel drive is the only setup.” –Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

An intercooled turbo 1.4L provides power and torque to the 2019 Fiat 500L. The turbo engine produces 160 hp of power and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Hardtop 4 Door Cooper and Honda Civic Hatchback come with a 1.5L engine. Mini Cooper gets the least power of 134 hp while Honda Civic Hatchback has the most of 174 hp.

Models

Fiat 500L pop

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

MSRP

$20,995

$21,950

$19,700

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 1.4 L/83

TwinPower Turbo, 1.5-liter, inline 3-cylinder direct-injection

1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged

Transmission

6-speed Automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

160hp

134 hp

174 hp

Torque

184 lb.-ft.

162 lb-ft

167 lb-ft

Ford Focus SE Hatchback offers the least torque of 146 lb.-ft. contrarily, Fiat 500L offers the most torque in the competition. Mini Cooper and Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) relies on a 6-speed manual transmission mode for gear-shifting.

Acceleration

Frankly, 2019 Fiat 500L has a super-sluggish acceleration. The ride takes 8 seconds for shooting to 60 MPH. This is the most time taken for doing so among its class rivals. Honda Civic Hatchback accelerates to 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds.

Models

Fiat 500L pop

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

0-60 MPH

8.0 sec

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile

16.2 sec

NA

15.5 sec

Engine

1.4L

1.5L

1.5L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

5.5

5.4

For covering a quarter-mile, 2019 Fiat 500L takes 16.2 seconds. Honda Civic Hatchback is somewhat faster as it takes 15.5 seconds for the ride to traverse a quarter-mile.

Ride and Handling

The quality of ride with 2019 Fiat 500L is impressive on smooth roads. However, it falls off sharply with the more unevenness your experience on the road. While the handling of the ride is impressive, steering isn’t up to par to a well-weighted build.

In fact, a quick engagement with the ride can give an impression of a sports car until roughness is encountered. 2019 Fiat 500L gets a front-wheel-drive system. An all-wheel-drive can further smoothen the ride quality of 500L, provided if it was available. Yes, that’s unfortunately correct that Fiat 500L has no options for an AWD. For that, you need to look elsewhere.

Braking

Front brake and rear brake for the 2019 Fiat 500L measures 12 and 10.4 inches, respectively. This the most sizes in their respective category in the segment. Overall, the braking system is responsive in the Fiat 500L. In emergency braking scenarios, the ride takes 119 feet for stopping when decelerated from 60 MPH.

Model

Fiat 500L pop

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Brake Front (in.)

12.0

11.0

11.1

Brake Rear (in.)

10.4

10.2

10.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,254

2,750

2,815

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119

116

115

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper comes to a full halt in 116 feet when decelerated continually from 60 MPH. However, it is the Honda Civic Hatchback that requires the least distance of 115 feet for achieving the same.

2019 Fiat 500L Fuel Economy

5.0/10

In cities, 2019 Fiat 500L offers a mileage of 22 mpg. The same on highways is 30 mpg. Overall, the ride offers a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg. Unfortunately, this is the least that one can get into the competition. Ford Focus SE Hatchback offers an impressive 31 mpg. The ride is outshined by Hardtop 4 Door Cooper with a combined fuel economy of 32 mpg.

Model

Fiat 500L pop

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

MPG (city)

22

28

30

MPG (highway)

30

37

39

MPG (combined)

25

32

33

Nonetheless, it is the Honda Civic Hatchback that offers the most combined fuel economy of 33 mpg in the segment. City and highways fuel economy for Honda Civic Hatchback is 30 and 39 mpg, respectively.

2019 Fiat 500L Interior

6.0/10

“But the 500L does have the advantage in interior space and versatility with a taller roof, huge windows, and excellent outward visibility.” –Car and Driver

Seating and Comfort

Like its class rivals, 2019 Fiat 500L is able to accommodate a total of 5 passengers. Headroom and legroom available in the front of the 500L are 40.7 and 40 inches, respectively. While headroom is the most, legroom is the least among the competition. Ford Focus SE Hatchback has the tightest front headroom of 38.3 inches. Honda Civic Hatchback, on the other hand, offers the most front legroom of 42.3 inches.

Model

Fiat 500L pop

Mini Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.7/57.3/40

39.9/51.2/41.4

39.3/57.0/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.7/54.6/36.7

37.5/49.6/32.3

37.4/55.0/36.0

Headroom and legroom available in the rear of the 2019 Fiat 500L are 38.7 and 36.7 inches, respectively. Both are the maximum available in the competition. Honda Civic Hatchback offers the least headroom of 37.4 inches in the back. Hardtop 4 Door Cooper, on the contrary, has the least rear legroom of 32.3 inches.

Infotainment System

The 2019 incarnation of the Fiat 500L comes with a 7-inch infotainment screen. If you don’t wish to use Uconnect via the touchscreen, you can also access it via the physical buttons. The infotainment system, however, doesn’t provide support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for making any ride enticing.

No matter whether you access the infotainment system via the physical buttons or touchscreen, it’s going to feel intuitive and user-friendly. There is an optional infotainment package available that adds a bigger touch display in addition to adding navigation function.

Interior Features

Seating capacity by the 2019 Fiat 500L is 5. Both front seats, as well as the rear seats, offer plenty of room. However, the front seats miss adequate support. Important interior features available at 2019 Fiat 500L’s disposal includes:

  • Spacious seating
  • LATCH connectors are available
  • Sleek cabin design
  • League-leading cargo capacity

Cargo Capacity

With rear seat up, 2019 Fiat 500L offers a cargo space of 22.4 cubic feet. This is better than the 13.1 cubic feet offered by the Hardtop 4 Door Cooper. Honda Civic Hatchback, nonetheless, offers the better cargo capacity of 25.7 cubic feet, respectively.

Model

Fiat 500L pop

Mini Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)

22.4

13.1

25.7

Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3)

68.0

40.7

46.2

2019 Fiat 500L leads the pack with 68 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seat folded. Honda Civic Hatchback offers the 2nd best of the same in the league with 46.2 cubic feet. Hardtop 4 Door Cooper offers the least cargo space of 40.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

2019 Fiat 500L Exterior

3.0/10

“The 500L serves as the practical wagon in the diminutive Fiat lineup, but it appears more bloated than stylish.” –Car and Driver

Dimension and Weight

Fiat 500L has concise dimensions, leave for its height that is the most among its class rivals. Length, width and height for the 2019 avatar of the Fiat 500L are 167.3, 69.8 and 65.7 inches, respectively. Ford Focus SE Hatchback has the most height of 171.6 inches, while Hardtop 4 Door Cooper has the least of 157.4 inches. Cooper has also the least width of 68 inches while Ford Focus SE Hatchback has the most, 71.8 inches, of it.

Model

Fiat 500L pop

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,254

2,750

2,815

Length(in)

167.3

157.4

177.9

Width(in)

69.8

68.0

70.8

Height(in)

65.7

56.1

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

4.7

5.7

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

102.8

101.1

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

59.1/59.4

59.1/59.1

60.9/61.5

The 2019 incarnation of the Fiat 500L weighs 3254 lbs. All its rivals stay below the 3000 lbs. mark, however. Ford Focus SE Hatchback and Honda Civic Hatchback have curb weights of 2948 and 2815 lbs., respectively. But it is the Hardtop 4 Door Cooper that has the least curb weight of 2750 lbs. in the competition.

Exterior Features


2019 Fiat 500L looks great on the outside. There are some great features that make the ride look pretty. Important exterior feats to the exteriors of the Fiat 500L includes:

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Satin silver door handles
  • Red or black-painted roof
  • Optional matte black side moldings

2019 Fiat 500L Safety

NHTSA ratings aren’t available for the 2019 Fiat 500L. The ride comes with average IIHS ratings, however. While front crash prevention isn’t available small overlap front driver side is rated “Poor.” Nonetheless, other parameters are given a “4-star” rating.

There are some safety and reliability features available with the 2019 Fiat 500L. ABS and driveline traction control are available as standard features. A backup camera is available also a standard reliability measure.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • ParkView Back-Up Camera
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Side Impact Beams

2019 Fiat 500L Competition

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

With an opening bid of $21,950, Hardtop 4 Door Cooper is the most expensive ride in the segment. The ride features a 1.5L TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder direct-injection engine. It is capable of producing 134 hp of power, lowest among the competition, and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. Unlike Fiat 500L, Hardtop 4 Door Cooper relies on a 6-speed manual mode for transmission. The ride shoots to 60 MPH in 7.7 seconds and has a CO2 emission value of 5.5.

With a total curb weight of 2750 lbs., Hardtop 4 Door Cooper is the lightest ride amongst the competition. The ride delivers an excellent combined fuel economy of 32 mpg, 7 mpg more than that of the Fiat 500L. Size-wise, it is the most compact ride among its class rivals with the least length, width as well as height. Nonetheless, the ride offers the best ground clearance of 5.7 inches in the competition. It has the least-in-league wheelbase of 101.1 inches.

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Yet another important competitor to the Fiat 500L is the Civic Hatchback (LX). It has a 1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-valve turbocharged engine complemented by a 6-speed manual transmission. The robust engine produces 174 hp of power, which is, in fact, the maximum power among its class rivals. Moreover, the turbocharged 1.5L engine generates an acceptable 167 lb.-ft. of torque. The ride covers a quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds and hits 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds.

The opening bid for the Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) is $19,700. This makes the ride least expensive among its class rivals. Honda Civic Hatchback leads the pack in terms of combined fuel economy. It offers an impressive mileage of 33 miles per gallon of gas. Ground clearance and wheelbase for the ride is 5.1 and 106.3 inches, respectively. Hatchback offers the best front legroom of 42.3 inches. Also, it offers 46.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the folded rear seat.

2019 Fiat 500L Final Verdict

All in all, 2019 Fiat 500L is an adequate car with ample seating and impressive cargo capacity. However, riding for long with the ride might not be a pleasing experience. Among its several selling points, the intuitive infotainment system outshines all. Frankly, there aren’t many great things to cheer for the 2019 Fiat 500L. However, it sure has a pocket-friendly price tag.