2016 Fiat 500L 1.4T Automatic Review With its mini-minivan-like body program and Fiat 500 city car–inspired mug, the 2016 Fiat 500L is a love-it or hate-it event. And if revenue are anything to go by, Americans fall mostly in the hate-it camping. Last season, Fiat shifted lower than 8000 500Ls off U.S. shop floors—down 37 % from the season before. To put that into viewpoint against the 500L’s nearest opponent, Kia marketed nearly 20 times as many Spirits in 2015. Even the Fiat 500X cross-over SUV, a design that didn’t go on sale until the center of 2015, found more customers than the 500L did last season. Factors aren’t looking up for the 500L this season either, as revenue are down more than Sixty % through May 2016.
Despite unable to get a grip in the U.S., Fiat is constantly on the muck around with the husky-looking 500L that first came to our shoreline about three years ago as a 2014 design. Last season, a new, optionally available six-speed automated gearbox with a conventional twisting ripper modified the first six-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox in all but the platform 500L Pop. A six-speed guide continues to be the common transmitting.
Along with the new automated, the 500L obtained an additional cut level: the Urbana Hiking. Placed above the Hiking in the model’s cut structure (which goes across Pop, Easy, Hiking, Urbana Hiking, and Living room strata), the Urbana would wear the Trekking’s SUV-inspired nasty body program cladding but contributes black-painted tires and black firefox cut to the surface, plus a black or (new for 2016) red ceiling with related reflection hats. Inside, a big piece of piano-black nasty covers much of the sprint, while the leader is covered in black set and the door sections are covered in black leatherette. Involved as well is a BeatsAudio program, an option on all but the platform Pop cut stage.
2016 Fiat 500L 1.4T Automatic Interior
Starting at $24,475, our red-roofed test car go in at a large $29,125 thanks to the improvements of the $3300 Urbana Hiking Selection 3 program (which contains a spectacular sunroof, sun visors with lighted mirror decorative showcases, an auto-dimming rearview reflection, dual-zone automated heating and cooling, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display screen Uconnect infotainment program with routing, power lower back support on the driver’s chair, a rearview camera, and sensible opposite sensors) and the $1350 Aisin-sourced six-speed automated gearbox.
Compared with the dual-clutch device, the 500L’s new automated gearbox does a far better job of meting out the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine’s 160 horse power and 184 lb-ft of twisting. In our hands, the visit to 60 mph came in 8.0 a few moments, and the quarter-mile went by after 16.2 a few moments at 86 mph—gains of 0.9 and 0.7 second in contrast to the last dual-clutch 500L we examined. As fast as possible, though, little modified, as the automated documented a top-gear, 30-to-50-mph time of 4.7 a few moments, or 0.1 second behind that of the dual-clutch 500L. Credit the engine’s enormous turbocompresseur lag while moving and the new transmission’s tired downshifts.
Fuel-economy scores with the new automated fall to 22 mpg city and 30 mpg road from 24/33 mpg with the dual-clutch. We averaged 25 mpg over 1200 miles; over the assessments with the dual-clutch-equipped 500L, we documented different figures of 21 mpg and 27 mpg.
2016 Fiat 500L 1.4T Automatic Features
As those speeding figures recommend, the bug-eyed hatch out is most relaxed at in-town rates of speed, where quick guiding makes directing city roads a wind. On the road, however, the Fiat the requirement for over highway development joint parts like a rock on a still pond. Massaging sodium in this injure are the 500L’s smooth, unsupportive chairs, which left us exhausted after a few hours behind the rim, as well as the straight sitting position that exacerbates the effect of the heavy box’s body program movements. Meanwhile, chintzy internal components, out of alignment items, and numerous rattles are continuous pointers that the 500L is constructed in Serbia at the same manufacturer that birthed the notorious Yugo GV.
Things aren’t much better for rear-seat residents, who discover straight area is affected by the 500L’s declining roofline. Opt for the spectacular sunroof, and any traveler above regular size will have to slump over to avoid grazing the headliner, as the big board of cup decreases back headroom by more than half an inches wide. Legroom in the back is acceptable, although the Kia Spirit offers 2.4 inches wide more area for back bikers to loosen up.
While holding travelers may not be the 500L’s strength, transporting freight is. Open the back hatch out and 22 cubic legs of area is available behind the back chairs. Flip and crash the 60/40-split back regular and 68 cubic legs of application becomes available—besting the Spirit by seven items.
But like a bar customer who’s had one too many, the 500L eventually is more annoying than charming—even with this better-behaved automated gearbox. Which may describe why Americans are rushing to Fiat’s own 500X cross-over and the equally unique Kia Spirit instead.