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2014 Fiat 500L Review + Fiat 500 Pop Comparison

by TerriAnn
2014 Fiat 500L Review - Family 4-door hatchback #Cars #Carshopping

Out of all the cars I’ve reviewed thus far, I heard the most “I want that!” exclamations and ride requests from friends for the 2014 Fiat 500L 4-door hatchback. The unique and playful lines definitely make it appealing to both sexes – women think it’s cute and men just want to take it to the beach and chill. Plus, it’s so crazy roomy inside despite it’s misleading exterior.

2014 Fiat 500L Review - Family 4-door hatchback #Cars #CarshoppingOne-week vehicle loan was provided for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

2014 Fiat 500L Review – Getting to Know It Inside and Out

In the 2014 Fiat 500L, doors open wide, there’s plenty of leg room and head room, the panoramic sunroof extends all the way with a mesh screen cover, fabric is easy to clean, there’s a 3-prong outlet, and the Beats audio system plays crystal clear music with good bass depth. To the sides of the headlights, the 500L also had these Bi-Function Halogen Projector Headlamps that basically lit up the corners as you turned – very cool and helpful. Frans thought the placement of the backup camera in one of the 0’s of the 500L was quite clever.

2014 Fiat 500L Review - Family 4-door hatchback - features #Cars #Carshopping

Both front bucket seats allowed you to adjust the seat height to accommodate for all sizes of drivers. The back seats are positioned high so even those with long legs had plenty of space. The second row could also slide forward to create more room in the cargo area. Speaking of which, this had a good amount of space for whatever you need to throw back there. The cargo area was about the size of Speckles crate so she was able to snugly enjoy the back after our excursion to one of our favorite beaches. There’s also a little ledge near each door, making it easy to wipe the dirt off our sandy feet.

2014 Fiat 500L Review - Family 4-door hatchback - back seat / cargo area #Cars #Carshopping

2014 Fiat 500L Review – Visibility and Power

One feature that I just couldn’t get over was the amazing driving visibility in the 500L The windows curved all the way around the car, allowing you to see everything around you. It gave the same open feeling of standing in a room with floor-to-ceiling windows. I loved it!

2014 Fiat 500L Review - Family 4-door hatchback - windows / visability #Cars #Carshopping

The power was sufficient but I found it to be just a bit lacking. Transition between gears wasn’t too smooth but at least the ride was quiet. Handling was very light and sometimes I did feel a bit top heavy on corners. Overall, though, it was enjoyable and easy to drive the 500L. Plus, all the seats were really comfortable.

Fiat 500 Pop VS Fiat 500L

Before I received the Fiat 500L to test drive, I had the 2014 Fiat 500 Pop. These two cars couldn’t be more different! The Fiat Pop felt like a toy city car where as the Fiat 500L was a legit hatchback sedan that holds its own on the road. The layout of the 500L is much easier to adapt to as well, though the aesthetic look of the Pop was very refreshing. Just note that the Pop is pretty much the epitome of cute and some guys will refuse to even sit in it.

2014 Fiat 500L Review - Family 4-door hatchback - Compare with Fiat 500 Pop #Cars #Carshopping

With a base price for the Trekking model of $21,395, I think this is a very decent car for the price. While the ride didn’t ‘wow’ me, the look and feel did. Plus, the sheer amount of visibility made it so easy to drive with confidence. I think this is a great family car that’s stylish, simple, and functional. And, yes, it’s just fun to zip around in this. Just watch out for those seatbelt buckles in the back seat – those do NOT feel nice to accidentally sit on.

If you have time, I’d highly recommend you see the 2014 Fiat 500L in person and give it a spin to see if it’s right for you. You just might be surprised just like I was!

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) June 24, 2014 - 10:02 am

That is a really cute little car. I would LOVE to be riding around in one of those.

Kay Adeola June 24, 2014 - 10:09 am

OMG that is one nice car.We would not be able to have this as our family would not fit in there lol! Maybe as a second car.

Jenn June 24, 2014 - 10:31 am

And it’s so cheery and happy looking! Like it’s glad to give you a ride. LOL

Krystal June 24, 2014 - 11:22 am

I want that! LoL! Really cool car and cute pup too!

Pam June 24, 2014 - 11:41 am

My daughter has been looking into getting a Fiat when her car finally dies. I personally like the 500L better than the Pop, I hope she chooses that one!

Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama June 24, 2014 - 12:02 pm

It’s so much more spacious than it looks. Comfortable for backseat passengers.

Jaime June 24, 2014 - 12:05 pm

This is a super cute car! How practical is it with car seats? 😉 I definitely wouldn’t mind riding around in it!

Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven} June 24, 2014 - 1:43 pm

That looks like one awesome little car! It has more room than I expected it would.

Bekki June 24, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Oh you lucky thing!! Love the car and the color. Looks like a great car to test drive!

Rosey June 24, 2014 - 2:07 pm

I would love the open windows like that too. And you’re right, it does seem like it would be small inside. What a great surprise to see that it’s very roomy. I would be interested in test driving one of these!

Chrystal @ YUM eating June 24, 2014 - 2:53 pm

OH GOSH! I just love these Fiats. I have wanted one since they came back out few years back. They are so stinking cute and I am loving this yellow color! What a great review and photos.

Lori June 24, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Such a cute car! I love the bright yellow too.

Debbie Denny June 24, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Nice car. Love the room in it!

Kathy June 24, 2014 - 6:53 pm

I would love to drive one of those someday. Adorable!

brett June 24, 2014 - 6:57 pm

that’s a darling car. i LOVE the color!

Katy Rawson June 24, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Those Fiats are so darn cute. This is the first time I have seen the interior. I am really surprised at how much leg room they have. I love the style and the way they look on the road. I want one.

Veronicaom June 24, 2014 - 7:40 pm

That car is super cute! I want one. I love the yellow

Colleen June 24, 2014 - 7:50 pm

You get to test drive the coolest cars!

Liz Mays June 24, 2014 - 9:15 pm

I can’t say I’m a super fan of the tiny cars, but wow to that visibility. THAT is crazy impressive.

Felicia June 24, 2014 - 9:57 pm

That car is absolutely adorable! I don’t know if I could get over not sitting up higher, but it is awesome!

Carly from The Puzzled Palate June 24, 2014 - 10:22 pm

I am so jealous that you get to try out all these sweet rides! I love the pint size cars- like the Fiat!

Jenn @ The Rebel Chick June 24, 2014 - 10:31 pm

That looks like a really cute and fun car to drive! It sounds bigger then I might have thought it was.

Trisha June 25, 2014 - 6:03 am

It looks too “young”, like it’s meant for teenagers and young college kids. It sounds like a great car though!

Carly June 25, 2014 - 7:15 am

What a cute car! I love the color!

Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest June 25, 2014 - 7:26 am

Wow that is a nice little car. I like how little it is yet there’s a lot of leg room and space.

Tracey June 25, 2014 - 8:01 am

This is the cutest car ever! Love the bright yellow colour!

Theresa June 25, 2014 - 10:11 am

That is such an adorable little car. I think I would have to go with the yellow if I bought one. So flashy 🙂

Virginia @thatbaldchick June 25, 2014 - 11:07 am

What a cute car! I love the sunny yellow.

Christie June 25, 2014 - 12:05 pm

I’ve always said this is my car! Cute and little like me, LOL

teresa mccluskey June 25, 2014 - 12:37 pm

I love this car! From the color to in the interior! Its the perfect size for me and my family!

Tess June 25, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Nice little car to have. A great choice for my daughter!

Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com June 25, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Oh this car looks not only adorable, spacey and comfortable but super roomy too! Awesome. At this point I would like ANY car. Altho this is too small for my fam, it’s fab!

Alesha @ Full Time Mama June 25, 2014 - 9:37 pm

My husband is about ready to start seriously looking for a new work car. With a family of 6 there’s nothing he can get that’s a good work car (good gas mileage, long lasting engine, etc) that fits us all, but he DOES want to get the best bang for his buck. Plus the car he gets will likely be the kids’ car in a few years when they start driving (ACK!) so we want to get a good one. I’ll have to let him know about this vehicle and have him take a look.

TerriAnn van Gosliga June 25, 2014 - 10:33 pm

I have reviews up for over 25 cars so maybe you’ll be able to find one among those 🙂

Bobbie June 26, 2014 - 9:25 am

I think these cars are too cute. I think it would be an okay option for me now that the kids are older and we don’t need car seats. I love the color too!

Anne - Mommy Has to Work June 26, 2014 - 11:40 am

I love the color!! lol not a great reason to buy a car though.

mommy2jam June 27, 2014 - 12:25 am

I totally could go for a new car right about now. I really enjoyed reading the review about this

vanessa: thequeenofswag June 27, 2014 - 9:27 am

Very cute car. I’ve always wondered about Fiats and if they are good cars or not. Thanks for the review.

Lara June 27, 2014 - 1:30 pm

What a cute car! I love the color and space! You would never guess how spacial it really is! Thanks!

Crystal June 27, 2014 - 11:52 pm

It is such a cute car! I wish it would fit all of my family!

Lauren June 28, 2014 - 1:40 pm

That fiat looks like a sweet ride. I did not know much about them until now!

HilLesha June 29, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Although this car isn’t my style, but it sounds like a really nice and comfortable ride!

Tammy Litke (@threedifferent) June 30, 2014 - 6:15 pm

That is so very cute – and that visibility is incredible. It does look like it would be small on the inside, but it’s kind of like the Tardis right?! Bigger on the inside 🙂

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