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7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.2
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2016 FIAT 500L Review

The 2016 Fiat 500L has a tame engine, unimpressive handling, low safety scores, and an interior filled with hard plastics and flimsy control switches. As a result, it ranks in the bottom third of the wagon class.

Pros & Cons

  • High maximum cargo capacity for a wagon
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Underpowered engine
  • Dull handling
  • Lots of cheap interior plastics

2016 FIAT 500L Overview

Is the 2016 Fiat 500L a Good Used Wagon?

The 2016 Fiat 500L is not a good used wagon. It can either haul people or cargo, but it can’t do both simultaneously because there’s very little cargo space behind the back seats. Also, the 500L has few safety features, which makes it difficult to recommend as a family car.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 27 professional evaluations for this 2016 Fiat 500L review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing expensive gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Fiat 500L?

Based on our listings, prices for the 2016 Fiat 500L range from about $7,400 to roughly $13,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location. The average list price is about $10,500.

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How Much Does the 2016 Fiat 500L Cost to Own?

The 2016 Fiat 500L’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be $24,100. That’s about average for a wagon.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 500L?

The 2018 Fiat 500L starts at $20,995, which is much higher than the average list price of a 2016 500L. The new model has exterior and interior styling updates, as well as a standard rearview camera. The 2018 500L doesn’t offer much to justify spending twice as much on it as you would on the 2016 500L.

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You can’t buy a new wagon for the price of a 2016 Fiat 500L.

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Which Model Year of the Fiat 500L Is Best?

The 500L launched in 2014, and there were few changes for 2014 and 2015. You may want to consider shopping for an older model, which offers many of the same benefits for less money.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Fiat 500L?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 500L a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2016 Fiat 500L Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 500L has no open recalls.

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Which Used Fiat 500L Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Fiat 500L comes in five trim levels: Pop, Easy, Trekking, Urbana, and Lounge. The base Pop has a 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system and a six-speed manual transmission. The Easy trim adds a six-speaker stereo system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, and an armrest with storage. The Trekking trim adds distinctive exterior designs, fog lamps, and larger wheels. The Urbana trim includes satellite radio and a Beats audio system. Lastly, the Lounge trim adds with a six-speed automatic transmission, dual-zone automatic temperature control, rear park assist, and a rearview camera.

The Easy trim is the best choice. Its manual transmission makes driving more enjoyable, and it has plenty of features for most drivers. This model is also available with an automatic transmission.

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Certified Pre-Owned Fiat 500L Warranty

You might want to consider the benefits of a certified pre-owned vehicle. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Fiat extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 80,000 miles. There are restrictions related to coverage, so read the Fiat warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the 500L?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Fiat 500L the highest rating of Good in the following crash tests: moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. However, the 500L received the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2016 Fiat 500L.

A rearview camera and rear park assist are available.

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2016 Fiat 500L Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Fiat 500L or 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen?

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has nimble handling, top-notch cabin materials, and commendable safety scores. Its automatic transmission is better than the 500L’s slow-shifting automatic. Both cars have ample rear legroom and similar cargo space. The Volkswagen may have a higher price, but its five-year operating costs are about $1,400 lower than the Fiat’s. The Golf SportWagen is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Fiat 500L or 2016 Honda Fit?

As a subcompact car, the 2016 Honda Fit is smaller than the 500L, but it’s an equally capable cargo hauler. The Fit wins this comparison with better fuel economy, a standard rearview camera, and predicted five-year operating costs that are about $3,200 less than the 500L’s.

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2016 500L Performance

How Does the 2016 Fiat 500L Drive?

The 2016 Fiat 500L rides smoothly and remains composed at high speeds, but it doesn't absorb bumps very smoothly. This Fiat is less nimble than some competitors, and its steering doesn't offer much feedback from the road.

Your only engine choice in the 500L is a 160-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers anemic performance. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available in the base trim, and a conventional six-speed automatic is available in other trims. The manual transmission operates smoothly, and the automatic available in upper trims is responsive, though the base trim's dual-clutch transmission doesn't shift very quickly.

Does the 2016 Fiat 500L Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the six-speed manual transmission, the 2016 500L gets 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. These estimates are a little below average for a wagon. Those numbers drop to 22/30 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission.

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2016 500L Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 500L Seat?

There 2016 500L seats five on cloth upholstery. Available upgraded include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat. The front seats are comfortable, though they’re not very supportive, and there is sufficient space for adults in the rear seats. The 500L's cabin has a stylish design, but lots of hard plastics and flimsy controls make it feel low-rent.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Fiat 500L?

The 500L has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats and a tether anchor on the middle seat.

2016 Fiat 500L Features

The standard Uconnect infotainment system comes with a 5-inch touch screen. The system is responsive and easily connects with your phone. Available features include satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo system, and an upgraded Uconnect system with a 6.5-inch touch screen and navigation.

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2016 Fiat 500L Dimensions

Fiat 500L Cargo Space

The 2016 500L has 22.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats. That is less than what most rival wagons offer. With the rear seats folded, however, cargo capacity increases to 68 cubic feet, which is among the largest in the class.

2016 500L Length and Weight

The 2016 Fiat 500L is 14 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,212 to 3,262 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Fiat 500L Built?

Fiat manufactured the 2016 500L in Serbia.

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