Seat Time: 2014 Fiat 500L Trekking

February 21st, 2014 at 8:00am

2014 Fiat 500L

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Manufacturer: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Make: Fiat
Model: 500L Trekking
Model Range: 4-door hatchback
Competitors: MINI Cooper Countryman, KIA Soul !, Nissan Juke, Scion xB
Trim Levels: Pop, Easy, Lounge, Trekking
Price Range: $19,990 Base; $21,395 Trekking Base; $25,445 As Tested
Made in: Kragujevac, Serbia
Drivetrain: 1.4-Liter I4 MultiAir Turbo engine, 6-Speed EuroTwin Clutch Automatic Transmission, 160hp (engine, transmission made in Italy)
EPA Ratings: 24 city/33 hwy/27 combined

Read on for Chip Drake‘s final impressions of this vehicle

Notable Features:

  • Fiat-500L_Trekking_2014_1600x1200_wallpaper_41The 500L is 27″ longer, 6″ wider and 6″ taller than the 500
  • FIAT says it’s 42 percent larger inside than the original
  • Trekking model has 17-inch wheels, foglights, unique front and rear body panels, two-tone interior trim and premium cloth upholstery

Final Impression:
There are plenty of positives about the 500L Trekking. The car seems enormous inside so there’s no lacking for space with tons of good visibility as well. And let’s not forget the great looking interior — our test car was black with beautiful chocolate trim, even on on the steering wheel. The back seat was very comfortable and the hatch has plenty of cargo space for groceries and other goodies. And finally, besides being fun to drive, the EPA combined was pretty close to the 27mpgs though we even pushed 28/29 after filling up.

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Despite those positives, the 1.4-Liter MultiAir Turbo was a little sluggish going up hills especially with more than one person in the cabin and the Euro Twin Clutch automatic transmission sometimes didn’t seem to find our Reverse slot until we played with the stick a bit. That said, on the freeway the car rode like a much larger vehicle and its seats were much more comfortable than some luxury competitors at twice the cost.

2014 Fiat 500LFinally, this 500L came equipped with an $1,800 Premier Technology Package with Rear Park Assist, a back-up camera, radio, GPS and 6.6-inch touch screen for Chrysler’s outstanding Uconnect system. The only portion of this package that seemd to struggle a bit was the Beats Audio Speaker/Subwoofer system. Given the acoustics of the cabin, sometimes it was hard to hear content (music/talk) through the system especially on the freeway at a high rate of speed.

One Comment to “Seat Time: 2014 Fiat 500L Trekking”

  1. motojerry Says:

    Park assist and backup camera on a box
    that’s all windows? I’m amazed at how afraid
    people are of these simple maneuvers now that
    drivers ed is dead and gone.