500 GOES LARGE From Southend Standard Fiat has its own 'fortune 500', a little family of cars on which present and future hopes of the brand are these days almost exclusively based.
The 500 we all think of is the cheeky little three door citycar that started this model's retro revolution but Fiat always felt that this should be merely the starting rung on an ownership ladder designed to be fine for families as well as fashion conscious urbanistas. A ladder encompassing seven seats and SUVs as well as the model we're going to look at here, the spacious and now coach outlet atlanta lottery much improved 500L. You get an urban confidence with the 500L, something encouraged by the light lock to lock steering. A car you might enjoy on the school run. If not quite so much pushing on beyond the city limits. Here, you might wish that the steering offered you a little more feedback, a pity because in other respects, this is one of the more dynamically able five seat mini MPVs on the market, with a range of willing, torquey engines. Well, most of them are willing and torquey anyway. There's a 120bhp 1.4 litre T Jet petrol unit, but most customers will want one of the two Multijet diesels. There's a 95bhp 1.3 litre unit, which can also be ordered in semi automatic 'Dualogic form. Or a 120bhp 1.6 litre powerplant. If you choose your 500L in 'Cross' form, you even get some mild off road ability, thanks to the inclusion of a 'Mode Selector' with a choice of 'Normal', 'Traction+' and 'Gravity Control' settings. You tend to approach this 500L expecting it to be a pumped up version of the 500 citycar which of course it isn't. To make this model as big as it needed to be fully 60cm longer and 18cm taller than an ordinary 500. Then give the end result a recognisable '500' style twist, hence the familiar wide eyed front end. This improved model has been lightly re styled and now features LED daytime running lights. Plus the revised front bumper and a chromed studded three dimensional lower grille mesh now give the car a more elegant look. Inside, the instrument binnacle you view through the re styled steering wheel has been re designed too. As before, this is one of the most practical models in the compact MPV class. Three adults coach outlet handbags coupons can comfortably sit on the back seat, plus standard models have a 455 litre boot. There's coach outlet elizabeth nj also a 'Wagon' variant with a third seating row if you need it. Has any five seater compact family five door ever offered more scope for buyer personalisation than this one? We doubt it. There are decal packs to suit every taste and a wider range of paint colours than any compact car has ever offered. Whichever shade you choose, you can contrast it with a different finish for the wheels, the door mirrors oh and the roof too. Inside, there's a body coloured painted dashboard offered in five different shades or with beautiful suede trim. You can also specify a two tone steering wheel and there's a choice of red or grey seat inserts. But of course that's just the start. Fiat promises buyers a choice of over 100 unique accessories in a list that goes far beyond the usual bodykit, stereo and towbar coach outlet locations en choices. So your 500L might come with a bespoke PC bag, a steel clothes hook, an iPod holder or even a key in your own personal colour. It could even have a coffee maker. Yes really. We can't imagine that 500L motoring is ever going to cost you very much. The 1.3 litre Multijet diesel manages 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and puts out 107g/km of CO2, figures you can further improve to 70.6mpg and 105g/km by opting to pair this engine with the Dualogic automatic gearbox. There's a Smart Fuel System that does away with a fuel cap and makes it impossible to put petrol into a diesel model or vica versa. And servicing? Well that will be needed on petrol units every 18,000 miles, but you can stretch that to 21,000 miles if you opt for one of the diesels. Not everyone will like the styling approach necessary to achieve this but it's surely one that sets it apart from rivals. A unique look, just as every 500 should have.
Fun, cheeky and cool, this Fiat claims to suit the sort of people looking for a car to be an extension of their personality: a car that reflects their passion for life. We're not sure if any compact people carrier can really do all that but of all those available, there's little doubt that this 500L is the one that gets closest to hitting the mark. It's a sensible family car you can really feel good about.
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