The 2017 FIAT 500L is a wagon that ranks fairly poorly amongst its competitors. It uses the 4-cylinder turbocharged engine like other FIAT models and makes a modest 160 horsepower. The 500L has seating for up to 5 people and comes as front-wheel drive.

On the plus side the 2017 FIAT 500L comes with a spacious interior and plenty of room for rear passengers. It also features an easy-to-use infotainment system and touch-screen.

The negative aspects of othe 500L include a low predicted reliability rating, poor handling with few driver assist features and an underpowered engine. The number of trims for the 2017 model have been reduced from five to three and they are no longer available with the manual transmission.

Performance

With a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine the FIAT 500L has quick acceleration but struggles at high speeds with only 160 horsepower under the hood. Fuel economy is mediocre with 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The ride quality is decent but you’ll feel the bumps when riding oven uneven roads or paths.

“With just a couple of passengers aboard, accelerating up to highway speeds requires some patience.” – Edmunds.

The 500L comes with front-wheel drive as standard. There’s no option of upgraded to all-wheel drive so you’ll have to look for another make for any off-road driving.

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Interior

The 2017 FIAT 500L seats 5 people and has plenty of room for passengers. Some reviewers have complained that the seating is not all that comfortable and may cause issues for passengers during long drives. The interior cabin is fitted out with hard plastics and low quality materials. It also doesn’t come with smartphone integration.

Price

The FIAT 500L is priced between $20,995 and $23,695. This is cheaper than most other wagons but the 500L suffers with performance. The Subary Outback for example comes with a 175 horsepower engine as standard, which can be upgraded to 256 horsepower.

Alternatives

As mentioned previously the 2017 FIAT 500L ranks poorly amongst its competitors. Some of the best wagons to choose from are the 2017 Audi Allroad, the 2017 Toyota Prius V and the 2017 Subaru Outback.