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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Fiat 500L

£14,375£22,410
7/10
Overall verdict
It’s certainly different. It’s also very practical, with enough charm to appeal.
 

For: 

Usefully more spacious than the regular 500, impressive interior

Against: 

Doesn't drive amazingly well, styling will be an acquired taste

Overview

What is it?

The original Fiat 500 was tiny. The reborn retro-look one is a lot larger, and now there’s this: the grown-up sibling that’s more mini-MPV than city-focused minicar. To put it into context: it’s 500mm longer, more than 200mm wider and 120mm taller than a Fiat Panda. This is the Fiat 500 that dwarfs a Honda Jazz, and that’s one of the biggest superminis on sale. Huh?

Well, there is a plan. This is the car 500 owners will grow into: a Fiat for young mums now encumbered with marauding off spring. Hey, if Mini can get away with the Countryman, a much larger car still, then why shouldn’t Fiat be able to pull this off?

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.4 T-Jet 120 Lounge 5dr
10.2s 155g/km 42.2 120 £18,390
The cheapest
1.4 Pop 5dr
12.8s 143g/km 46.3 95 £14,375
The greenest
1.3 Multijet 95 Lounge 5dr Dualogic
14.8s 104g/km 72.4 95 £20,260
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