2019 Fiat 500L Review, Pop, Lounge

Originally introduced in 2014, the 500L is one of the kind in some way. It combines design characteristics of various body styles, including hatchback, wagon, and MPV body styles. Such an interesting design approach may sound interesting but didn’t turn out to be pretty good. Five years later, the 500L is one of the lowest-rated models in the class, due to lots of drawbacks. Still, there are still some pretty strong points. This car is cheap and spacious, and also comes with a fine amount of standard equipment. The 2019 Fiat 500L will come without any bigger change, so we can count on a familiar look and cabin, same engines and pretty much the same organization of equipment groups. The new model is already available on the market and fortunately, it kept pretty much the same price.

2019 Fiat 500L front view

2019 Fiat 500L Redesign

In terms of base design characteristics, the 2019 Fiat 500L definitely keeps the familiar look, introduced in 2014. A combination of wagon and minivan body style makes this car pretty uniquely-looking shape. Of course, the styling language closely resembles the famous 500 model, so you can easily notice the same approach. On the other side, this model is mechanically close to crossovers like 500X and Jeep Renegade. It is a familiar Small US Wide Platform, which makes this car relatively easy to drive. However, its clumsy overall layout makes it completely unexciting to drive. Definitely one of the models with the lowest ride quality on the market.

2019 Fiat 500L side view

2019 Fiat 500L Interior

Once again, expect no changes. The 2019 Fiat 500L interior will continue in the same way and that means you can count on both good and bad things. Considering the size and class, this is one very spacious car. It accommodates up to five people. The second row is particularly spacious, due to a flat floor, which makes this car able to accommodate three adults without bigger problems. The cargo is also pretty amazing. You will hardly find more volume in the class. You can count on 23 cubic feet behind rear seats, while the max capacity goes up 68 cubic feet. All in all, pretty respectable numbers.

On the other side, the interior quality is not that great. Moreover, it is worse than compared to materials you can find in pretty much all competitors. Also, both experts and crowd have agreed that the dashboard styling is not attractive at all, despite it may look at first glance.

2019 Fiat 500L interior

Trim Levels

Trim levels and organization of equipment groups remain pretty much the same. There are three familiar models in the offer. The base one is known as the Pop. It comes with standard features like 16-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, USB ports, six-speaker audio system etc. You can also get optional features like BeatsAudio sound system or navigation.

A mid-range Trekking comes with a fine amount of upgrades. Some of the highlights are things like bigger 17-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, heated front seats, navigation and much more.
Finally, a top-range Lounge trim adds not just more standard equipment, but exclusive visual details as well. You can count on unique wheels, chrome exterior trim and few more things. On the inside, you get a panoramic sunroof, unique color schemes and much more.

2019 Fiat 500L rear view

2019 Fiat 500L Safety

When it comes to safety, the 2019 Fiat 500L won’t offer you spectacular crash test ratings. The biggest issues are with the driver-side small overlap front test, which received the lowest rating of Poor. Things are even worse when it comes to safety features. A rearview camera is standard, while rear parking sensors are the only driver aid you can get. Definitely below any decent standard for a modern car.

2019 Fiat 500L Engine

The powertrain is another good reason why you shouldn’t go for the 2019 Fiat 500L. It comes with only one engine in the offer. It is a 1.4-liter turbo inline-four unit. The engine delivers around 160 horsepower and definitely seems underpowered for a vehicle of this size and weight. It comes in pair with a 6-speed manual gearbox and accelerates very slow when it is packed with five passengers. Things are getting even worse once you see mpg ratings. Many drivers wouldn’t have too many complains about acceleration if fuel economy is good. In this case, you can count on a pretty unpleasant surprise. Fuel economy goes around 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is way too low, considering vehicle’s performances.

2019 Fiat 500L engine

2019 Fiat 500L Release Date and Price

The 2019 Fiat 500L already available on most markets. As you can see, it definitely isn’t an impressive car. However, its price is something that could attract you to buy it. This spacious car starts at 21.500 dollars. On the other side, top-range models go around 24.000 dollars.