2020 Fiat 500L

2020 MODEL
$22,500 - $24,570
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2020 Fiat 500L Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 12, 2020
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The Italian little mouse returns for the 2020 model year with almost no change, starting at an affordable price of $22,250. The design of fiat 500L has been derived from the Fiat 500 Topolino and is a large version of its elder sibling 500, a mini car, which has been discontinued for the 2020 model year.

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Pros

Pop fairly inexpensive

Spacious interior and cargo area

Responsive Handling

Cons

Low quality of interiors

Stiff ride and hard seat

Poor overall Drivability

Absconding Active Safety Features

What's New?

Surprisingly Fiat 500L comes with no change for 2020 model year.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22500

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

160 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

184 lbs.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.9/11.9

dimensions

wheelbase

102.8 in.

length

167 in.

width

70.2 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

3254 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

68 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/30/25 mpg

highway range

396 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 Fiat 500L Exterior video

Styles

2020 Fiat 500L in Bianco color 2020 Fiat 500L in Black Clear Coat color 2020 Fiat 500L in Blu Denim color 2020 Fiat 500L in Blue Tornado color
Bianco

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.8

Engine And Performance

4.7

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

3.0

Competition

5.5

5.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Fiat 500L Pop

Pop

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$22,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pop 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $22,500 MSRP (22/25/30) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Fiat 500L Trekking

Trekking

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$23,575


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Trekking 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,575 MSRP (22/25/30) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Fiat 500L Urbana

Urbana

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$24,170


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Urbana 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $24,170 MSRP (22/25/30) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed Automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Fiat 500L Lounge

Lounge

power
160 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$24,570


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lounge 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $24,570 MSRP (22/25/30) 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Overall Rating


Even after 6 years, Fiat 500L couldn’t garner much attention from the US market, translating in the low sales volume of the four-door small station wagon in the USA. The Fiat 500L is proclaimed to be a family car with nimble performance, designed to take both city streets and suburban avenues with sophistication. Surely, we’ll confirm the claims of FCA in the article below.

The “L” in Fiat 500L signifies “Large”, which it clearly justifies. The automaker ensured ample space, both in front and rear along with cargo. The 500L offers four models Pop, Trekking, Urbana and Lounge, with base variant placed at $22,250. The affordable 500L comes with a standard 1.4L I4 Multi-Air turbocharged engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission in forwarding wheel drive. Apart from advanced active safety features, the 500L includes overwhelming convenience features combined with exciting optional packages.

2020 Fiat 500L Wagon Front View
2020 Fiat 500L Wagon Rear View

6.8/10
Features

 

4.7/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

3.0/10
Exterior

 
 

5.5/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Fiat 500L Features

6.8/10

The Fiat 500L manufactured in Serbia is available globally in four trims Pop, Trekking, Urbana and Lounge, all equipped 1.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine powering front-wheel drive through a 6-speed automatic transmission. For all-wheel-drive, aspirants must look towards 500X. The 500L Trekking adds protective cladding at the bottom and reflects a sporty look. With a price difference of only about $3,000 between the Pop and Lounge, a buyer can have a significant upgrade across all trims at value pricing. 

Trims

POP

Trekking

Urbana

Lounge

MSRP (FWD)

$22,500

$23,825

$24,420

$24,645

Key Features

3-Rear Seat Head Restraints

Add/Upgrade from pervious trim

Add/Upgrade from pervious trim

Add/Upgrade from pervious trim

 

Passenger Height Adjuster Seat

Rear 60 / 40 Fold, Slide, and Recline Seat

Heated Front Seats

2-Way Power Lumbar Adjustable Driver Seat

 

Premium Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats

Rear Armrest with Cupholder Seat

   
 

Rear 60 / 40 Tilt, Tumble & Slide

Sun Visors with Illumination Vanity Mirrors

   
 

Chrome / Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob

Ambient LED Interior Lighting

   

 

Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel      
 

7.0-Inch Touch Screen Display

Beats® Premium Audio System

   
 

Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls

GPS Navigation

   

The Pop exhibits Uconnect 4 with 7-inch display, 6-premium speakers, communication system supporting AndroidAuto, AppleCarplay and Bluetooth integrated with voice command along with seats wrapped in cloth upholstery, Chrome / Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob, driver and passenger height-adjustable seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls. The interior looks conventional and frugal, not reflecting a bold image as the exterior does.

What do we recommend?

The Fiat 500L is placed with similar powertrain configuration in all trims and comes loaded with overwhelming standard interior features. It certainly lacks power for how big it is. Also, it doesn't offer thrill drive as proclaimed by the automaker. The best pick would be the Pop, it is best had as cheaply as possible.

2020 Fiat 500L Engine and Performance

4.7/10

The 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine generating 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque powers the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission is the only option available for the 500L. The powertrain has not evolved since ages and produces only adequate power for 500L to be steady in the city and not maneuver on the highway.

2020 Fiat 500L Wagon 1.4L I4 Multi-Air Turbo Engine

Models

Fiat 500L

Toyota C-HR

Kia Soul

MSRP

$22,250

$22,000*

$17,490

Engine

1.4L Inline-4 Multi-Air Turbo

2.0L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder

2.0L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

CVTi-S

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

160@5,500 

144@6,100

147@6,200

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

184@2,500

139@3,900

132@4,500

*Used for MY 2019 for reference purposes

Thanks to the considerable heft, 500L does not respond well to the 1.4L turbocharged engine, otherwise on par with the economy cars. It is neither quick nor efficient. 

How fast is the Fiat 500L? 

For people expecting the 500L to be as quick as its elder sibling, disappointment is on its way. The singular powertrain with 160 hp-setup is inadequate for a fully loaded 500L, the ride is comfortable and feels energetic otherwise. 

2020 Fiat 500L Wagon Side View

Models

Fiat 500L

Toyota CH-R

Kia Soul

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.3

10.1*

8.3

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.2

17.6*

15.1*

Top Speed (MPH) 130 130 128

Engine

1.4L Inline-4 Multi-Air Turbo

2.0L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder

2.0L DOHC Inline 4-cylinder

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1*

6.0

5.9

 The outright height and bulky structure placed with a 1.4L four-cylinder engine are only sufficient for a family ride and inhibit quick maneuvering. 

How do the brakes perform on Fiat 500L? 

The 500L is a front-wheel drive, not quick to respond and lacks stability in an alarming situation. The 500L holds an image of utility car and isn’t confidence-inspiring but is safe enough. 

2020 Fiat 500L Wagon Front Brake is 12* in.

Model

Fiat 500L

Toyota CH-R

Kia Soul

Brake Rotors Front (in)

12*

11.8*

11.0

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

10.4*

11.18

10.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

3254*

3300*

2802

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

119

N/A

The Fiat 500L performs average in this category and reminds that the driver needs to be cautious while riding a fully loaded 500L at higher speeds.

What about the ride quality?

The 500L designed for comfort and space clearly justifies the utility of the small station wagon. Although, 500L ride is smooth but not for long-distance journeys, due to flat and hard seats. 

It is reasonable, but the longer wheelbase and tall stature inhibit 500L from turning rapidly. NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) is quite higher as compared to other small wagons, hatchbacks, and crossovers which offer a more enjoyable ride.

2020 Fiat 500L Fuel Economy

5.0/10

As stated above, with relatively higher curb weight and tall built, the 1.4L turbo isn’t efficient for 500L as it was for a smaller 500. The mpg rating isn’t satisfactory for the Italian wagon as compared to the competitors.

Model

Fiat 500L

Toyota CH-R

Kia Soul

MPG (City)

22

27

25

MPG (Highway)

30

31

31

MPG (Combined)

25

29

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 13.2 13.2 14.3
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 290/396/330 356/409/382 386/472/386

The inexpensive Pop may not remain as pocket-friendly as the buyer would expect when it is on the road. 

2020 Fiat 500L Interior

6.0/10

The 500L is out of the league when it comes to interior space, with it offering a comfortable ride is like a cherry on the cake. Easy in and out access facilitated by bigger doors along with exceptional headroom, legroom and shoulder room, both in front and rear, easily accommodating all five adult passengers. 

2020 Fiat 500L wagon Front Seats

 Though the seats are hard and flat which literally is a pain in the arse. Long family journeys might kill the fun, with tired passengers waiting to jump out of the car.

Model

Fiat 500L

Toyota CH-R

Kia Soul

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

40.7/57.3/40

38.1/49/43.4

39.4/55.5/41.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

38.7/54.6/36.7

38.3/52.5/31.7

39.5/54.7/38.8

How’s the tech inside the cabin of Fiat 500L?

The interior is normally a bright spot for Fiats but how smart is Fiat 500L? The entry-level Pop trim includes a 7.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto capability along with the rear back-up camera and 6-speaker audio system. Moving up the ladder adds a Beats audio system and satellite navigation. 

2020 Fiat 500L Wagon 7.0-inch touchscreen display

What are the Infotainment Features in the 2020 model year Fiat 500L?

  • Uconnect 7.0-inch touchscreen display
  • GPS Antenna Input
  • Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth
  • Rear Back-Up Camera
  • USB Host Flip
  • Beats Audio System
  • Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto

How much is the Cargo Capacity of Fiat 500L?

For someone buying a station wagon, a question arises that “How 500L copes with people and clutter?”. Clearly, the raison d'être of 500L is its enormous space.

Model

Fiat 500L

Toyota CH-R

Kia Soul

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

22.4

19

24.2

Cargo Capacity (with Rear Seat Down) (ft3)

68

36.4

62.1

The voluminous rear combined with the flexibility of 60/40 seat split which can fold flat and be tumbled, maximizes the cargo volume. This category raises the comparison bar of 500L with an SUV.The 500L scores above average for its competitive and practical boot space.

What are the key interior features in 500L?

  • Heated and Height Adjuster Seats
  • Rounded infotainment Centre
  • Rear 60 / 40 Tilt, Tumble & Slide
2020 Fiat 500L Wagon gear shifter
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2020 Fiat 500L Exterior

3.0/10

The Fiat 500 series is an Italian trademark design. With the Cinquecento influence, the Fiat 500 and 500X are a treat to the eyes but the automaker seems to have saved time and effort while designing the 500L. The 500L simply put is an elongated and bloated version of the mini 500. The tall and bulky body design does not provide for better ground clearance, rather looks oddly proportioned and inhibits the performance. 

2020 Fiat 500L Wagon 3 Quarter View

The 500L design symbolizes space and offers a comfortable ride. It can easily accommodate tall ballers who can use the huge cargo volume for their sports kits. Also, the design accompanies better passenger outward visibility.

Model

Fiat 500L

Toyota CH-R

Kia Soul

Curb Weight (lbs)

3254

3300

2802

Length (in)

167

171.2

165.2

Width (in)

70.2

70.7

70.9

Height (in)

65.3

61.1

63

Ground Clearance (in)

4.7

5.9

6.7

Wheelbase (in)

102.8

103.9

102.4

Trekking model adds rugged-looking styling cues, 17-inch wheels and ambient LED lighting. Moving up to the 500L Lounge showcases unique wheels, power mirrors, and chrome styling pieces instead of plastic or aluminum effect in the lower trims.

Exterior Features

  • Optional 16 or 17-Inch Painted Aluminum Wheels.
  • All glass and great visibility.
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2020 Fiat 500L Safety

The 500L predecessors faired well in the crash tests. The 2020 model comes with six airbags with various electronic aids to prevent an accident in the first place. These include stability control and tire pressure monitoring. The 500L lacks advanced active safety features other than the rear parking sensor.

Safety Features

  • Rear Backup Camera
  • Seven multi-stage Airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display

The 500L doesn’t have complete crash avoidance & mitigation test data due to its low sales volume. The 500L scored “Poor” for small overlap front on the driver’s side and “good” for other crashworthiness traits from IIHS.

2020 Fiat 500L Competition

5.5/10

 Fiat 500L VS Kia Soul

The Kia Soul scores better than the 500L in almost every aspect. The Kia Soul comparatively offers a smooth and comfortable ride. Also, Soul can be optioned with two livelier engines apart from the base engine for someone looking for more power. The KIA is king, with it providing better options and add-ons than 500L. Further, when it comes to safety and reliability Soul beat its rival. Clearly, Kia Soul is the first choice. 

2020 Kia Soul

 Fiat 500L VS Toyota C-HR

The Toyota CH-R for 2020 model year is all the way more stylish than Fiat 500L. Although nothing much has changed in the 2020 model year. The Toyota CH-R surprisingly flaunts cheeky interiors. Anyday, 500L will beat CH-R for better drive, passenger volume and boot space. But the CH-R is pocket-friendly, with better MPG ratings.

2020 Toyota C-HR

2020 Fiat 500L Final Verdict

The 160 hp 1.4-liter turbo-4 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission in a front-wheel-drive performs suboptimally for 500L. It is neither powerful nor efficient. It runs sluggish but offers a responsive driving dynamics combined with uncomparable space within the segment. 

For people looking for inexpensive subcompact SUV with all-wheel drive and much higher safety score, 500X is the solution. With declining sales, FCA must introduce additional advanced active safety features along with incentives across all trims which might land the 500L from the dealers’ store on to the streets.