Fiat 500L receives attention

New tech, aesthetics and names for Fiat’s characterful people carrier

The Fiat 500L range has received a range of midlife updates to add appeal and reflect the latest available technologies. Chief among the changes are some refreshed looks, new infotainment options and a new set of names.

New Fiat 500L: range outline

The Fiat 500L is either one of the most diverse and innovatively pitched cars on the market, or it has an identity crisis – because it’s actually made up of three models, all inspired by the popular Fiat 500 hatchback.

The standard 500L, now known as the 500L Urban, is a mini-MPV with five seats.

The 500L Cross costs about £2,000 more and is a toughened-up 500L that sits 25mm higher than the normal model. Note that the 500L Cross was previously known as the Trekking and doesn’t come with four-wheel drive – you’ll need the Fiat 500X, an entirely different car, for that.

New Fiat 500L: changes for 2017

All three versions of the 500L get redesigned grilles and bumpers, along with fresh LED running lights and new fog and reversing lights. Autonomous emergency braking and a reversing camera will also be offered.

Inside, the changes comprise a new steering wheel, revised dashboard dials, a new central armrest, extra interior storage and a new gearlever in a higher, more ergonomically sound position. There are also some new optional extras available through tuning company Mopar, including an anti-allergy filter.

The 500L Cross gets a new mode selector, with Normal, Traction+ and Gravity Control settings. The second of these is for light off-roading duties, while Gravity Control is a hill-descent control system. This model also new side protector designs and fresh front and rear skid plates.

The 500L Urban gets a new paint colour, called Bellagio Blue, as well as extra chrome at the rear. All models are available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity if you go for the seven-inch uConnect infotainment system, while a seven-speaker Beats Audio stereo is also available.

Most Popular

New electric MG4 hatch to start at £25,995
MG4 Front driver side
News
5 Aug 2022

New electric MG4 hatch to start at £25,995

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Renault Clio hybrid
Deals
5 Aug 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

Kia EV4 SUV to take on the Volvo XC40 Recharge
2024 Kia EV4 - front
News
5 Aug 2022

Kia EV4 SUV to take on the Volvo XC40 Recharge

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
20 Jun 2022

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
12 Jul 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
12 Jul 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
24 Jun 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022