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Although the Fiat 500L shares part of its name with the iconic city car, it’s in no way compact in terms of its dimensions. It’s actually a mini MPV, designed to be slightly taller, yet have enough room for a family of five.
There’s a large range of engines to choose from, including three petrols and three diesels. Which one you should go for will depend on where you spend the majority of your time and how you are buying and running it. There are three trim options, too.
Inside, every 500L offers a decent amount of space and good seat flexibility, making it a particularly practical choice for families. In fact, ‘class-leading’ practicality was one of the reasons why the previous generation 500L sold so well in Europe.
However, this latest model is up against much tougher competition than its predecessor, as people move away from mini MPVs in favour of small SUVs. Of the former, the Ford C-Max is a contender, while examples of latter include the Mini Countryman and Vauxhall Crossland X.
Read on to find out how the 500L stacks up against the competition, which engines and trims make the most sense, and if it deserves a place in your garage.