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Fiat 500L (2013 to 2021)

NOTICE: This car is still assessed using our previous Expert Rating Index calculations. We are currently rolling out a completely overhauled Expert Rating Index in early 2024, so this vehicle will be updated shortly.

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Fiat 500L (2013 to 2021)

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    Summary


    The Fiat 500L is a small MPV/estate car that was on sale in the UK from 2013 until 2021.

    Despite the ‘500’ in its name and styling cues borrowed from the smaller Fiat 500, the 500L is actually based on the old Fiat Punto and shares very few components with the 500 – a bit like how the Mini Countryman is an entirely different car to the Mini hatch.

    During its production life, the 500L was facelifted in 2017, with engine and trim changes. Diesel engines were dropped along the way as Fiat phased diesel motors out of all its models, with only petrol power available in its later years.

    Like most of its rivals in the small MPV market (Ford B-Max, Vauxhall Meriva, etc.), the 500L lost popularity in favour of baby SUVs until eventually being discontinued.

    The Fiat 500L received generally average to poor reviews from the UK media over the course of its life. It was rated highly for being distinctively different from anything else remotely close to its price tag, although the styling was quite divisive. It certainly lacked the cuteness of the smaller 500, although it traded that cuteness for much more interior space and practicality.

    The Fiat 500L ended production in 2021, and now has a Used Car Expert Rating of 53%, based on 35 reviews collected from the UK media as of September 2023. There is no replacement model on the horizon.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small MPV
    Engines: petrol
    Price when new: From £18,045 on-road

    Launched: Winter 2012/13
    Last updated: Autumn 2018
    Removed from sale: Autumn 2021


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: November 2012
    Date expired: January 2019
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    Adult protection: 94%
    Child protection: 78%
    Vulnerable road users: 65%
    Safety assist: 71%

    Notes on safety rating

    The Fiat 500L was awarded a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP back when this model was launched in 2012. However, this rating expired in January 2019 as the 500L no longer met the requirements for a five-star car. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

    However, if you are comparing a used Fiat 500L to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    The Fiat 500L was not lab tested by Green NCAP during the course of its production life.

    Reliability rating

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    Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

    All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

    As of September 2023, the Fiat 500L has a slightly better-than-average reliability score of 57%, according to extended warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partners at MotorEasy – albeit based on a relatively small number of claims to date.

    The Fiat 500L also appears to be relatively inexpensive to repair when things go wrong, with an average repair cost of less than £400 to date. That’s good news if you already own a 500L or are considering buying a used one.

    The most common reported problems with the 500L relate to its suspension systems, although the average repair bill is low at little more than £120. However, it’s worth noting that engine repairs are considerably more expensive.

    If you’re looking at a used Fiat 500L, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of the potential problem areas shown above.

    Running cost rating

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    Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

    Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
    Petrol models38 mpgD38 – 39 mpgD – D
    CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
    Petrol models168 g/kmC165 – 174 g/kmC – C
    Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
    All models11A9 – 12A – A

    The Fiat 500L has a mixed bag of scores, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

    Unfortunately, we don’t have any servicing cost data for the 500L, but most Fiat models are very good on servicing and maintenance costs.

    The petrol engine in the 500L wasn’t very good for fuel consumption, especially for a relatively small car. Other alternatives are likely to cost you less in petrol bills each month.

    Similar cars


    If you’re looking at the Fiat 500L, you might also be interested in these alternatives

    BMW 2 Series Active Tourer | Citroën C3 Aircross | Fiat 500X | Hyundai Bayon | Mercedes-Benz B-Class | Mini Clubman | Mini Countryman | Peugeot 2008 | Suzuki S-Cross | Volkswagen Touran | Vauxhall Crossland X

    The Fiat 500L doesn’t have many direct rivals, as most small MPV-style vehicles like the Ford B-Max, Vauxhall Meriva and Citroën C3 Picasso have disappeared from the marketplace in recent years. Most of the above are a similar sort of vehicle, although with quite a wide range of prices and specifications.


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    The Fiat 500L received poor reviews during its life. It lacked the cuteness of the smaller 500, although it offered far more interior space.Fiat 500L (2013 to 2021)