Smaller and minivan like body and Fiat 500 municipality vehicle induced containerful, the 2016 Fiat 500L is a love-it or hate-it concern. Last year, Fiat moved fewer than 8000 500Ls off U.S. showroom floors down 37 proportion from the preceding year. To put that into orientation against the 500L’s adjacent opposition, Kia traded nearly 20 times as many Souls in 2015. Even the Fiat 500X crossover SUV, a version that didn’t go on selling until the area of 2015, found more customers than the 500L did last year. Things aren’t looking up for the 500L this year either, as sales are down more than 60 proportion through May 2016. Despite failing to find a foothold in the U.S., Fiat continues to fiddle with the husky looking 500L that first approached about three years ago as a 2014 version.
Last year, a brand-new, elective six-speed automatic transmission with a conventional torque device regenerated the preceding six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in all but the base 500L father. A six-speed manual remains the regular transmission. Along with the brand-new automatic, the 500L earned more stage, the Urbana Trekking.
Put above the Trekking in the version’s series which moves across Pop, Easy, Urbana Trekking and Lounge strata, the Urbana wears the Trekking’s SUV induced solid body cladding but adds black-painted wheels and dark chromium cut to the out, plus a black or (brand-new for 2016) red roof with equaling reflector headdresses. Inside, an enormous block of piano-black plastic spans much of the elegance, while the driving wheel is covered in black leather and the door sheets are lied in black fabric. Also included is a BeatsAudio system, an option on all but the base Pop stage.
Beginning at $24,475, our red roofed experiment vehicle sounded in at a considerable $29,125 thanks to the components of the $3300 Urbana Trekking amass 3 collection (which includes a wide roof, star visors with lightened pride mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview reflector, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch touchscreen Uconnect information and entertainment system with navigation system, energy lumbar assist on the driver’s seat, a rearview camera, and clunky reverse sensors) and the $1350 Aisin-sourced six-speed automatic transmission.
Analyzed with the dual-clutch unit, the 500L’s brand-new automatic transmission does a far good job of meting out the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine’s 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. In our guardianships, the journey to 60 mph arrived in 8.0 seconds, and the quarter-mile passed by after 16.2 seconds at 86 mph, gains of 0.9 and 0.7 second analyzed with the last dual-clutch 500L.
At speed, though, small changed, as the automatic saved a top-gear, 30-to-50 mph moment of 4.7 seconds, or 0.1 second behind that of the dual-clutch 500L. Approval the engine’s large turbo lag while rotating and the brand-new transmission’s dazed downshifts. Fuel-economy appraisals with the brand-new automatic sphere to 22 mpg municipality and 30 mpg highway from 24/33 mpg with the dual-clutch. We totalled 25 mpg over 1200 miles, while with the dual-clutch-equipped 500L, we saved non-identical illustrations of 21 mpg and 27 mpg. As those acceleration figures suggest, the bug-eyed hatchback is most cozy at in-town accelerates, where fast driving makes navigating municipality roads like a breeze.
On the highway, however, the Fiat skips over highway increase joints like a stone on a still lake. guiding compound in this wound are the 500L’s even, unsupportive rooms, which left us devolved after a few hrs behind the wheel, as well as the upright chairing point that exacerbates the phenomenon of the large box’s body motions. Meanwhile, chintzy indoor substances, align parts, and many rattles are regular messages that the 500L is made in Serbia at the same plant that produced the disreputable Yugo GV. Things aren’t much good for breed-seat inhabitants, who find plumb space is agreed by the 500L’s decreasing roofline. Opt for the wide roof, and any traveler above normal dimension will have to incompetent to dodge grazing the headliner, as the enormous sheet of crystalware reduces breed room by more than half an inch. Legroom in the breed is navigable, although the Kia Soul offers 2.4 inches more space for breed motorists to expanse out. While carrying travelers may not be the 500L’s asset, pulling merchandise is. Open the breed hatch and 22 blockish feet of space is accessible behind the breed rooms. Fold and tumble the 60/40-split breed seat and 68 blockish feet of service becomes accessible, beating the Kia Soul by seven cubes. The 500L ultimately is more provoking than pleasing even with this good-behaved automatic transmission. Which may elaborate why users are flocking to Fiat’s own 500X crossover and the comparably unconventional Kia Soul instead.