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2015 FIAT 500L Review

The 2015 Fiat 500L sits at the bottom of our used wagon rankings. Although it has an easy-to-use infotainment system, it trails the competition in performance and interior quality. Also, it has a poor predicted reliability rating. 

Pros & Cons

  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Poor predicted reliability rating
  • Sluggish highway acceleration
  • Low-rent cabin





Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.2
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2015 FIAT 500L Overview

Is the 2015 Fiat 500L a Good Used Wagon?

Despite a few admirable qualities, you shouldn’t buy a used 2015 Fiat 500L. With its poor predicted reliability rating, sleepy highway power, and low-quality cabin, it’s simply not a good used wagon. Many of its rivals also have sharper handling and higher safety scores.

Used 2015 Fiat 500L Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive Fiat 500L has a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration is adequate, but some may find the 500L a bit poky on the highway. The standard six-speed manual transmission and the available six-speed automatic transmission operate smoothly. However, the six-speed dual-clutch automatic – available only in the Pop trim – shifts too slowly. The 500L’s ride is firm yet comfortable. Most rivals have sharper handling, more responsive steering, and better brakes. The 500L has decent fuel economy for the class: 22-25 mpg in the city and 30-32 mpg on the highway.

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The 500L is a four-door wagon that seats five. Its interior feels cheap, and the seats don’t provide good support. Cloth upholstery comes standard. Well-equipped models offer leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The rear seats give two average-size passengers a healthy dose of head- and legroom. There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. The 500L has 21.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which trails the competition. Fold the rear seats, and you’ll have a much more generous 68 cubic feet of space.

Every 500L model comes with Fiat’s easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system, which features a 5-inch touch screen, six speakers, Bluetooth, and USB and auxiliary ports. There are also some notable upgrades to look out for, like dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a six-speaker Beats audio system, and a larger 6.5-inch touch screen.

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Used 2015 Fiat 500L Prices

The price of a used 2015 500L ranges from about $10,800 for a base Pop model with a manual transmission to around $13,900 for an automatic-equipped Lounge model. Prices vary depending on each vehicle’s demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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We researched 24 Fiat 500L reviews and included information on price, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a complete overview of the 2015 500L.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Fiat 500L?

The 2015 Fiat 500L has a predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power, which is well below average for the class.

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How Safe Is the 500L?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 500L the highest score of Good in four out of five crash tests. However, it scored the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front test, which measures a vehicle’s crashworthiness in the event of a collision with an object like a telephone pole or the front corner of another vehicle. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are available in all but the base trim.

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Should I Consider Another Used 500L?

Fiat launched the 500L for the 2014 model year. You can save money by opting for a 2014 500L instead. However, you should know that Fiat introduced a smoother automatic transmission in most trims levels for the 2015 model year, which some shoppers may find more appealing. There were no changes for 2016.

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Which Used Fiat 500L Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Fiat 500L comes in four trim levels: Pop, Easy, Trekking, and Lounge. Although the base model comes with a feature-packed infotainment system, consider the midrange Easy trim or the top-of-the-line Lounge instead. The 500L Easy adds an upgraded audio system and a center armrest with storage. Lounge models are the best equipped, touting leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Considering the 500L’s inferior predicted reliability rating, you may want to shop for a certified pre-owned model. For CPO Fiat vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Fiat warranty page carefully.

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2015 Fiat 500L and Other Wagons to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Fiat 500L or 2015 Fiat 500?

Neither the Fiat 500 hatchback nor the 500L are worth buying, so you should ideally stay away from both. Still, the 500L is the better car of the two. Although the 500 has a lower base price, it falls short of the 500L on utility. It has four seats instead of five, tighter rear seats, and less than half the cargo space of the 500L. Both Fiats have low-grade interiors, but the 500 doesn’t offer the easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system found in the 500L.

Which Is Better: 2015 Fiat 500L or 2015 Kia Soul?

Although the 500L offers slightly more cargo space, the Kia Soul is an all-around better option. Neither car has strong acceleration, but the Soul offers a better balance between ride quality and handling agility. The Soul has a higher-quality interior and more rear-seat legroom than the 500L. Safety and predicted reliability ratings are higher for the Kia as well, rounding out the reasons why it’s the better pick.

Which Is Better: 2015 Fiat 500L or 2015 Mini Countryman?

The Mini Countryman is a subcompact SUV that’s often compared to the 500L because both have quirky exterior designs. The Countryman has less room for cargo and rear-seat passengers than the 500L. However, the fun-to-drive Mini offers engine upgrades for more power and is available with all-wheel drive (the 500L only offers front-wheel drive). Also, the Countryman has higher predicted reliability and safety ratings, making it the more sensible choice of the two.

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