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New Fiat 500L Overview

Is the Fiat 500L bigger than a battleship? Nope, not quite, but the 'L' stands for 'large'.

By Stephen Turvil
Feb 17, 2012
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Is the Fiat 500L bigger than a battleship? Nope, not quite, but the 'L' stands for 'large' so it is far chunkier than the standard 500. In fact, it measures 414cm by 178cm - whereas its sibling is 354cm by 162cm. The latter is nearer the size of a rowing boat. Furthermore, this Jonny-come-lately is more compact MPV than city car. As such, it has five-doors rather than three, extra cabin space, and boxier looks. It still resembles the familiar 500, albeit one with middle-aged spread. This workhorse is also taller than its baby brother, but – unlike with large ships - there is no need to raise Tower Bridge to squeeze it into London. What a relief.

That is everything we know for now - except that the new Fiat 500L is powered by either a 1.4-litre petrol engine, or a more fuel efficient 1.3-litre diesel. Everything else is 'classified' until nearer its launch in the final quarter of 2012. However, this fashion statement is likely to share its siblings strengths – so we expect it to have a nicely equipped cabin, sensible running costs, and decent performance. We also look forward to the handling, that is likely to be more nippy speedboat than knackered ferry. It might, therefore, be perfect for those who want the feel of a 500 mixed with a boat-load of practical. I wonder if it has an anchor?

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By Stephen Turvil
Feb 17, 2012