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Fiat 500L MPV - Interior & comfort

Seats are comfortable, but the Fiat 500L is a bit noisy

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The Fiat 500L has been designed to be a comfortable family car, so the suspension deals well with most bumps in the road. Cross models get stiffer springs that make them fidget more over bumpy roads. All 500Ls also come with a power-steering system that can be made lighter with the flick of the switch, making the car easier to manoeuvre at low speeds.

Not so good is the amount of noise that makes its way inside at speed – road, wind and engine roar are high on the motorway, with the Cross model suffering even more due to its chunky tyres.

Fiat 500L dashboard

As with the smaller Fiat 500, the Fiat 500L has a stylish retro interior, but the plastic quality falls way short of rivals such as the superbly built Volkswagen Golf Plus.

All 500L models come with a height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, as well as a height-adjustable driver’s seat, which means most people should be able to get comfortable behind the wheel with ease. The 500L’s raised ride height also gives you a better view of the road ahead than you get in the standard Fiat 500.

Equipment

The Fiat 500L range consists of four trim levels called City Cross, Cross and S-Design, plus a 120th edition for 2019 to celebrate Fiat's 120th birthday.

The City Cross model has a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, air conditioning, cruise control, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, Bluetooth, USB and Aux ports, LED daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Cross model has extras like dual zone climate control and rear elecric windows.

The S-Design model is based on the Cross but essentially represents a styling pack consisting of a bronze paint colour, contrasting black trim, and model-specific alloy wheels, seats and upholstery. The 120th, meanwhile, is based on the 'Urban Look' 500L, and includes a 'tuxedo' black-and-white paint scheme, 16-inch wheels and the seven-inch Uconnect touchscreen.

Options

A key 500L option is automatic emergency braking. The system comes bundled together with automatic lights and windscreen wipers, plus an automatically dimming rear-view mirror that stops you from being dazzled by the lights of the car behind. A Beats Audio hi-fi upgrade is also available.

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