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Fiat 500L (2013 – 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.

At the end of its production life in 2021, the Fiat 500L had an Expert Rating of 48%, based on 35 reviews collected from the UK media. There is no replacement model on the horizon.

Key specifications


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

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


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Safety rating


No safety rating

The Fiat 500L was crash tested by Euro NCAP way back in 2012 and achieved a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid.

Euro NCAP’s crash testing standards are raised almost every year, and ratings will expire when a vehicle no longer meets the latest standards for that rating. Sometimes a vehicle will be re-tested against the newer standards and awarded a new (usually lower) rating, but this did not happen in the case of the Fiat 500L.

Eco rating


No eco rating

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

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