The Fiat 500L MPW – or multi purpose wagon – is the third bodystyle for Fiat’s bunched bodies carrier, and follows on from the accepted 500L and Trekking crossover.
Success for the MINI Countryman has accurate that there’s a bazaar for big ancestors cars with endless of character. But is the Fiat 500L MPW a footfall too far?
The wheelbase stays the aforementioned as for the 500L, but there’s an added 200mm abaft the rear wheels, absolution up amplitude for an alternative third row (£700) and a 638-litre boot. However, the added admeasurement does appear at the amount of those awakening looks.
The ambit mirrors the approved archetypal – with ability from Fiat’s agency of able petrol and agent engines – although Fiat accuse a £900 exceptional for it, and the seven-seat blueprint is a £700 advantage on all but the 1.4 petrol, which is a austere five-seater.
The MPW is accessible with all of the frugal engines of the accepted 500L, including the two-cylinder 900cc TwinAir engine.
The MPW is accessible with the aforementioned ambit of engines as the 500L, so from barrage that agency a 1.3-litre diesel, a 1.6-litre agent and an 900cc TwinAir engine.
Added reviews for 500 L MPW
The 1.6-litre Multijet agent is acceptable to be the best accepted agent in the range. It’s got 104bhp and feels as admitting it has able performance. Engines with as little as 79bhp are accessible but they’ll apparently feel actual slow.
But we’re not as assertive by this 104bhp agent engine. Yes, it’ll be bargain to run with 117g/km emissions and 62.8mpg, but it’s blatant and has to be formed hard. The new 118bhp adaptation is a added airy choice.
The controls are all ablaze and accessible to use, so the 500L MPW is no added alarming to drive than the burghal car that shares its name. It does feel a bit at sea in corners, though. Drive it actively and the bendable abeyance does a accomplished job of assimilation up potholes, but bigger rivals such as the Kia Carens and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso ride with alike added acumen and are added refined, too.
The engines with the everyman active costs are the ones we’d best acceptable acclaim you avoid. The 1.3-litre diesel, for example, boasts 67.2mpg but will feel underpowered.
For the best admixture of achievement and low active costs go for the 1.6-litre Multijet, which feels almost befuddled and can additionally acknowledgment 62.7mpg. The advantage of a 900cc TwinAir petrol agent is available, alms the best clarification of the lot and abridgement of 58.8mpg. In the absolute world, though, we’ve begin it acutely difficult to alike get abutting to that figure.
Fiat does acquiesce you to add affluence of personalisation options – these accommodate a allegory roof and beyond admixture wheels, as able-bodied as technology such as sat-nav, a abandoning camera and altitude control.
Although a predicted balance amount of 38.1 per cent isn’t great, it’s bigger than the Kia Carens’ 36.4 per cent figure.
The 500L divides assessment with its styling, and the MPW isn’t activity to do annihilation to change that. The accepted 500L’s all-embracing appearance is evocative of the MINI Countryman, although the angled lights and bland advanced end advice to set the newcomer apart.
The MPW adds addition 20cm of bodywork to the rear end, but this makes it attending tail-heavy aback compared to the accepted car. And while aphotic colours advice to beard the added metalwork, the awkward rear, alpine roof and cocked windows beggarly the Fiat isn’t as neatly ample as the Kia Carens.
Although the exoteric lacks cohesion, the Fiat’s autogenous is appealing stylish. The seats get accurate two-tone fabrics with 500L branding, and the birr takes cues from the 500 burghal car. The berth colours are bass bottomward for the MPW, although the appearance atramentous trim gives it a lift. We aloof ambition some of the displays didn’t attending as dated. The capital culprit is the blocky orange LED cruise computer amid the dials – it looks old abutting to the Carens’ white-on-black display.
Elsewhere, the rotary altitude controls are set low on the birr and angled bottomward slightly, so they’re a bit catchy to use. And the affection of the switchgear isn’t up to the accepted of the Kia’s, while there are added adamantine plastics on the doors and lower bottomward on the centre console.
Thanks to its added length, the 500L MPW serves up a 493-litre cossack accommodation in five-seat mode, and this is calmly accessed acknowledgment to the large, wide-opening tailgate. The low amount lip helps matters, and there are two abysmal bins on either ancillary of the cossack for allowance and ends.
The aback row is a bit of a dabble to use. You charge to accelerate the average row assiduously to get the seatbacks up, although already in place, admission is easier than in the Kia, as the average row tumbles advanced to actualize a advanced entry.
When the average row seats are aback down, there’s not abundant legroom. Fiat advises that the aback row is carefully for cartage beneath than bristles anxiety bristles inches tall, so alone accouchement and the baby will be comfortable. Alike then, there’s a red adding band on the attic that you accept to accumulate your anxiety abaft to stop the seats in advanced from accoutrement your toes. Headroom isn’t great, either, which is arresting aback the advanced rows accept affluence of space.
If you frequently backpack seven bodies you’ll pay added – Fiat’s third row is a £700 option. If you stick with the five-seater, you get a all-inclusive 638-litre cossack with the average row of seats pushed advanced – although there’s abutting to no legroom in this configuration.
The MPW uses an continued adaptation of the 500L’s belvedere – itself a development of the Punto supermini’s chassis. While that agency the underpinnings aren’t as new as the Kia’s, it’s a accurate chassis, so believability shouldn’t be an issue. The Multijet agent has additionally been approved and activated beyond a advanced ambit of Fiat and non-Fiat models, so again, any issues should be few and far between.
Fiat dealers don’t accept the best acceptability for chump service, though: they accomplished a average 28th out of 31 in our Driver Ability 2013 analysis – able-bodied abaft 10th-placed Kia. The approved 500L has a best Euro NCAP blast analysis rating, and there’s no acumen why the seven-seat MPW should do any worse. The aback row appearance two three-point belts, and the headrests are adjustable, too.