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2018 FIAT 500l
Select a Different Model (3 Available): Lounge Hatchback
Fair Market Price $ 24635
MPG (EPA) 22 CTY /30 HWY
Safety (IIHS) Good
Horsepower 160@5500
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2018 Fiat 500L MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Unique Italian styling
  • Relatively quiet and comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Poor driving dynamics
  • No driver assist safety features
  • Quirky interior

New for 2018

Fiat updates the 500L's exterior with a new front and rear fascia, new exterior side moldings, new wheel designs, and new daytime running light lens and rear side reflector designs. Inside, the 500L gets a new instrument cluster display, a redesigned center console with relocated cup holders, a new gear shifter, parking brake handle, an additional USB port, LED interior lighting, and a new steering wheel. New standard equipment includes a rearview camera and the Uconnect 4 system with a 7.0-inch center display screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Blue Denim, Arancio Pastello (Pastel Orange), and Bronzo Metallizzato (Metallic Bronze) are new exterior colors.

Vehicle Summary

The 500L is Fiat's largest and most expensive hatchback (besides the pricier 500e), positioned above the 500 and 500X models.

Overview

The 2018 Fiat 500L comes equipped with one powertrain option, a 160-hp, 184-lb-ft of torque 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that routes power to the front wheels and delivers an EPA-rated 22/30 mpg city/highway. In Motor Trend testing, the 500L Trekking hit 60 mph in 8.6 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in a respectable 121 feet.

The base 500L Pop comes standard with 16-inch aluminum wheels, a bright exhaust tip, heated and powered side view mirrors, front and rear one-touch automatic windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, and the previously mentioned Uconnect 4 system with a 7.0-inch center display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The top Lounge model adds dual-zone automatic temperature control, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, chrome exterior mirrors, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, Uconnect 4 with navigation, and a Beats premium audio system.

Safety

In IIHS testing, the 2017 Fiat 500L received the lowest rating of Poor for the small overlap front crash evaluation but received the highest rating of Good in the remaining four crash tests (moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats). The front crash prevention evaluation was not conducted because the Fiat 500L does not have emergency automatic braking or any driver assist safety feature. The 500L comes standard with the previously mentioned rearview camera and is available with rear parking sensors.

What We Think

"Out on the open road, this little engine struggles a bit to hustle the biggest 500 up to speed. For around-town driving, it is just fine, but I am concerned about how it would perform on mountain vacations with the whole family onboard and a cargo compartment filled with weekend gear," we said in a First Drive review of the 2017 Fiat 500L. "The combined result is that the 2017 Fiat 500L doesn't feel like a very sporty car deep down, which may explain why there's no Abarth variant offered and why Fiat has never done one of those "little blue pill" Viagra-gag commercial featuring the 500L. No, if you're into cheeky, boutiquey small four-doors and you need a bit more sport, the Mini Clubman might be a better choice," we concluded.

In 2014 Car of the Year testing we said, "The 500L weebled and wobbled but didn't fall down as editors pushed it through the ride and handling course. 'Drives like it looks — top-heavy, wallowing at times, but also surprisingly stable at higher speeds. '" The judges didn't care for the interior, "The emergency brake hides under the driver's armrest, and the gearshift knob on the manual model is the size of a baseball. The second row folds forward and up to create a useless storage space. The upright driving position and the lack of bolstering make it easy for the driver to slide around the seat." However, the judges agreed that the 500L is driver-friendly, ergonomically sound, and is relatively quiet with a nice ride. "Attempting to sell the 500L here on its practical merits is a waste of energy, just as it would be trying to sell Ram pickups to Europeans."

Cool Fact

When the 500L was first launched, the hatchback utilized a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, now it is just offered with a traditional six-speed automatic.

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2018 FIAT 500L SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter MultiAir
Transmission Name
Transmission, 6 Speed Automatic (F21-250)
Trim
Lounge Hatchback
Class
Compact Passenger Car
Horsepower
160@5500
Standard MPG
22/30
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Dual-Pane Sunroof Package

INCLUDES: Glass Roof; Sunroof, Glass Power; Vanity Mirror, Illuminated Driver; Vanity Mirror, Illuminated Passenger CONTAINED IN: [AZ9] Graphite Edition
$1269 $1395

Graphite Edition

INCLUDES: [GWL] Dual-Pane Sunroof Package; Mirror, Toned Driver; Mirror, Toned Passenger; Roof Color Exterior Mirrors; Roof Color, Grey; Tires, 17"; Wheels, 17" Alloy NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [MXT] Roof - Bianco (White); [MXS] Roof - Nero (Black); [WAG] Wheels, 17" Machined Aluminum (White Pocket)
$1451 $1595

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter MultiAir

Std Std

Transmission, 6 Speed Automatic (F21-250)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Grigio Chiaro (Grahite Metallic)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Blu Denim

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Blue Tornado

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Grigio Scuro (Grey Metallic)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Verde Bosco Perla (Forest Green)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Rosso (Red)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Bronzo Metallizato (Bronze Metallic)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Bianco (White)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Nero (Black)

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Refrigerated Storage Compartment, in Glove Compartment

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Uconnect®, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Cargo Area(1), Front(2)

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.683

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 13.2 Gallon

Std Std

Engine Block Heater

$46 $50

Power Supply, Mains

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Body Side Molding

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Body Side

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Glass Roof

CONTAINED IN: [GWL] Dual-Pane Sunroof Package
Pkg Pkg

Roof - Nero (Black)

INCLUDES: Mirror, Toned Driver; Mirror, Toned Passenger; Roof Color, Black NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AZ9] Graphite Edition; [MXT] Roof - Bianco (White)
$314 $345

Roof - Bianco (White)

INCLUDES: Mirror, Toned Driver; Mirror, Toned Passenger; Roof Color, White NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AZ9] Graphite Edition; [MXS] Roof - Nero (Black)
$314 $345

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Spoiler, Trunk/Hatch

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [GWL] Dual-Pane Sunroof Package
Pkg Pkg

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Roof Color Exterior Mirrors

CONTAINED IN: [AZ9] Graphite Edition
Pkg Pkg

Roof Color, Black

CONTAINED IN: [MXS] Roof - Nero (Black)
Grp Grp

Roof Color, Grey

CONTAINED IN: [AZ9] Graphite Edition
Pkg Pkg

Roof Color, White

CONTAINED IN: [MXT] Roof - Bianco (White)
Grp Grp

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror, Illuminated Driver

CONTAINED IN: [GWL] Dual-Pane Sunroof Package
Pkg Pkg

Vanity Mirror, Illuminated Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [GWL] Dual-Pane Sunroof Package
Pkg Pkg

Vanity Mirror: Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Chrome Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Mirror, Toned Driver

CONTAINED IN: [MXT] Roof - Bianco (White); [MXS] Roof - Nero (Black); [AZ9] Graphite Edition
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Toned Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [MXT] Roof - Bianco (White); [MXS] Roof - Nero (Black); [AZ9] Graphite Edition
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Bianco (White) Paint

N/C N/C

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkView Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Roll Stability Control

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabililty Control, ESP

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Driver Seat, 2-Way Power Bucket; Passenger Seat, Folding Bucket

Std Std

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Carrera Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Seven Beats Speakers Subwoofer and Beats

Std Std

Audio System, Uconnect 5.0 AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Torsion Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, P225/45R17 All Season BSW

Std Std

Spare Tire, Compact

$410 $450

Tires, 17"

CONTAINED IN: [AZ9] Graphite Edition
Pkg Pkg

Wheels, 17" Machined Aluminum (White Pocket)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AZ9] Graphite Edition
$177 $195

Wheels, 17" Alloy

CONTAINED IN: [AZ9] Graphite Edition
Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Poor
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Fiat announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models for eligible Military personnel. 01-02-2020