2014 Fiat 500l
2014 Fiat 500l – BESTTECHCARS.COM – The 2014 Fiat 500L is a four-door crossover that would a captivating alternative from the regular tiny Fiat 500 offering larger passenger and cargo space, good window visibility, full of European characteristic on the exterior and interior. However, it has too many drawbacks such as odd manners from its automated manual transmission, fickle brakes, not fold flat back seats, bumpy ride experience. For 2014, the Fiat 500L is an all-new model.
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The 2014 Fiat 500L is the result of the ultra-compact 500 hatchback that is expanded for North American market. The 500 is originated from Europe, where the cities have narrow streets and shorter distances making small cars become popular daily transportation. The 500L hopefully offer more useful function. It has two more doors, 16-inch steel wheels, 2 feet more overall length and the same interior volume as full-size cars more than the current 500. It is a fully different car from the standard 500 as the compact wagon has similar size with many compact crossovers.
The 2014 Fiat 500L come with high front seats setting allowing the driver and front passenger a better outward view to the road while rear passenger space are spacious than how it looks. The 500L is much wider than the 500 hatchback providing generous shoulder room and hip room. Three children can fit in the rear seat in comfortable manner. The Fiat 500L’s cargo area is spacious with 23.1 cubic feet of capacity behind the back seats while the Fiat 500’s cargo space is only 9.5 cubic feet.
Bigger size means bigger engine so the new 2014 Fiat 500L is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produce 160 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard across the board except the top-trim Lounge. The Lounge model hit 60 mph in 9.3 seconds while the EPA-estimated fuel economy is 25 mpg city and 33 highway. Trips around town are enough for such engine while it offer easy acceleration for carrying the whole family for a weekend road trip. The automated manual transmission will force the 500L engine to its limit as its unresponsive nature and earlier driver’s impatience to shift gear.
The 2014 Fiat 500L will compete closely in terms of interior space and peculiarity with the 2014 Kia Soul, which is a grander car in almost every approach. Another rival is the 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman which is the largest Mini in the lineups offering more refined driving capability, energetic steering and available all-wheel drive. The Nissan Juke or the Kia Sportage will be better alternative to the 500L. The 500L is available in the market with price starting from $24,945.
The 2014 Fiat 500L comes in 4 trim levels, the Pop, the Easy, the Trekking and the Lounge. The base 500L Pop comes standard with remote entry, power windows, cruise control, 6-way manual cloth front seats, steering wheel with mounted audio controls, 5-inch touchscreen display, USB ports, voice command, Bluetooth, reclining 60/40 split-folding back seats. The higher trim levels gets leather-covered steering wheel and gear shift, premium six speakers audio system.