2016 Fiat 500L

2016 Fiat 500L
2016 Fiat 500L

2016 Fiat 500L


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 33 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 160 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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FIAT continues to make a statement in the U.S. with its popular 500. The new 500L builds on that popularity, offering fans more flexibility to carry cargo or more people. Competing with cars such as the MINI Cooper Clubman, Kia Soul and Nissan Juke, the 500L holds its own, with capabilities, performance and features that set it apart. For FIAT fans who need something more than the 500 can offer, the 500L is an intelligent choice.

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What's New For 2016

The FIAT 500L is largely unchanged for 2016.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

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Specifications for 2016 Fiat 500L

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • 6 Performance Speakers
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • AM/FM Stereo w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and External Memory Control
    • Radio: Uconnect 5.0
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" Aluminum
    • Tires: P225/45R17 BSW All Season
    • Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents Accents
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Colored Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Colored Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Colored Bodyside Moldings and Metal-Look Bodyside Insert
    • Metal-Look Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Grille w/Metal-Look Bar
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
  • Interior Features
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Rigid Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Uconnect Access Tracker System
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
    • Front Map Lights
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage, Mini Overhead Console, Conversation Mirror and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Interior Trim -inc: Colored Instrument Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Premium Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats (D7)
    • Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Glove Box
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter and Illuminated Entry
    • Interior Lock Disable
    • Compass
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Premium Cloth Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • 6-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.4L I4 MultiAir Turbo
    • Transmission: 6-Speed C635 Manual
    • 50 State Emissions
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.83 Axle Ratio
    • 500CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 150 Amp Alternator
    • 4299# Gvwr
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.4
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 22.4
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 68
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 500
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - EAM
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.4 L/83
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 160 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 184 @ 2500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 102.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 168.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 69.8
    • Height, Overall (in) - 65.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.1
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 98.8
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.7
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.7
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.7
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.6
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 49.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 28
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 33
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 32.3
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - FIAT 500L
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - TQR
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TQR
    • Front Tire Size - P225/45HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/45HR17
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - DE1
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.15
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.12
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.36
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.98
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.76
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.62
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.00
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.83
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Station Wagon
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3212
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 Fiat 500L Photos & Colors


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  • Bianco (White) Blue Tornado Giallo (Yellow) Verde Bosco Perla (Forest Green)
  • Bianco (White)
  • Blue Tornado
  • Giallo (Yellow)
  • Verde Bosco Perla (Forest Green)

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The Fiat 500L is a tall compact car, with the Kia Soul, Honda Fit, and Mini Countryman as its competitors. Beyond the name, it shares very little with the regular Fiat 500 or the 500X crossover. Definitely not spirit. The 500L is 27.7 inches longer and 6 inches wider than the 500 we know and love. They should call it the Fiat 500 Fat. With model names like Pop, Easy, Trekking and Lounge, why not. Fat tells the story of the car just as well.

The high roof gives the 500L very good head and shoulder room for four adults. It’s called a five-seater, but the center rear isn’t realistic for grownups.

It runs about how it looks. Even though its standard engine is the regular 500’s hottest, a turbocharged 1.4-liter making 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, the 500L is slower than the regular 500 with its base engine that only makes 101 horsepower. That’s because of the heft that the 500L carries. The front-wheel-drive 500L uses one of three transmissions: 6-speed dual-clutch, 6-speed manual, or a new 6-speed automatic.

Gas mileage could be better, for such a small engine. EPA gives it 24 miles per gallon City, 33 mpg Highway, 27 mpg Combined with the dual-clutch transmission, and 25/33/28 mpg City/Highway/Combined with the 6-speed manual. The new 6-speed automatic, which we like the most, gets the worst mileage, at 22/30/25 mpg. Meanwhile, the Honda Fit gets 36 mpg. And we can’t think of anything the 500L can do that the Fit can’t, except speak Italian.

The Fiat 500L was introduced as a 2014 model. There are no significant changes for model year 2016.

The feds at NHTSA haven’t crash-tested the 500L. With seven standard airbags and active headrests, the Insurance people at IIHS rate it a Top Safety Pick but not Top Safety Pick+. If a rearview camera were standard, instead of optional, would it have gotten the top rating from IIHS?


The 2016 Fiat 500L Pop ($19,495) includes 15-inch steel wheels, and a six-speaker sound system with UConnect infotainment, a 5.0-inch touch screen with radio voice command, Bluetooth, and media hub with ports.

The Easy ($20,795) adds 16-inch alloy wheels and tinted rear glass, a center console, leather steering wheel and shift knob, and a 520-watt sound system. Trekking models ($21,880) have rugged stuff like 17-inch wheels, foglamps, fender flares, and black-and-brown leather with special bucket seats. Lounge models ($24,795) add the luxury and comfort, in seats and climate control.

There are other trim levels, called Collections, that bundle options.


The 500L looks awkward while missing a few targets. It’s got the nose of a bulldog, ungainly tiered headlamps, a horizontal three-piece grille, and zigzagging roofline like the Mini. We think the squat and playful stance works, but the details bedevil it.


The cabin is less playful, thank you. A lot of big knobs and a small 5.0-inch screen. Limited storage space, with two small gloveboxes split by a shallow tray, and door pockets; that’s about it. The base Pop doesn’t even have a center console, although upward models add it.

The 500L seats aren’t very comfortable, with hard bottom cushions rounded at the front, like European seat, to make the pedals easier to reach. Americans like longer front seats for more support under the thigh.

The second row is better, where there’s adequate legroom and elevated seats. The bottom cushion is just as firm, but the seatbacks recline; on some models they also slide and tumble for carrying cargo. Nothing like the Honda Fit’s Magic Seat, but they’re trying. There is a panel in the cargo floor with rails for storage on two levels.

Overall visibility is great, and sunlight breaks into the cabin through the available double-pane small sunroof. Also available is upgraded infotainment with 6.5-inch screen, an SD card slot, text-message read back, and navigation that’s not worth it. The nav screen is small and the maps difficult to read. Some smartphones are better than some in-car navigation systems, and that’s the case here.

Driving Impressions

The 500L uses a front strut suspension with twist-beams in rear, getting the most out of the conventional design by using Koni shock absorbers specially tuned the keep harsh bumps out of the cabin. It does the job better than the Mini Countryman, and almost as good as the Kia Soul.

It’s quite stable at highway speeds, and the steering is fluid, although the steering wheel is tilted somewhat like a bus, that’s a Fiat thing. We found it hard to see the gauges from the steering-wheel position that wasn’t so flat.

The dual-clutch transmission isn’t impressive, with slow and purposeful shifts (like its cousin the Dodge Dart); not only that, there is no manual control, let alone a sport mode. The 6-speed manual gearbox is better, but the clutch pedal is cramped, at least for a size 12 shoe like we wear. Hill Start Assist is standard, but with fumbling feet you can run out of time. We liked the 6-speed automatic transmission best, for its shift quality.


Don’t buy it just because you like the Fiat 500 but need more space. Fiat built it for those people, but missed.

Sam Moses filed this report.

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