This is a Fiat 500 with a dollop of attitude thrown in for good measure. For one, the ride height is increased by 25mm. This doesn’t sound much but it actually gives the car added versatility because it’ll cope with rutted country lanes. The addition of traction and hill descent controls mean that it can also face slippery conditions with greater confidence.
Power comes from a 1.4 litre 95bhp petrol engine which gives a 0-60 time of just over 13 seconds. Everything goes via a 6-speed manual gearbox, while economically you won’t be far away from 40 mpg.
As for the bells and whistles, the Fiat 500L Cross comes with all of the essentials like rear parking sensors, air conditioning, DAB radio, Bluetooth, cruise control, powered mirrors, fog lights, and a really smart 7-inch colour touchscreen. This comes fitted with Apple’s CarPlay, which means that you can link your mobile phone to the touch screen and use all of the phone’s gadgets.
The Fiat 500L Cross is a clever example of how to package a car because it has a compact exterior whilst simultaneously managing a seriously roomy interior. It’s like driving a Tardis - far bigger on the inside. The rear seats slide back and forth to give you the choice of extra legroom or more carrying capacity in the boot. There’s loads of room up front too, and all of the seats are super comfy. You can even adjust the base of the boot to either create a hidden underfloor area or a shelf. It’s a hugely versatile vehicle which meets Fiat’s devotee fans and offers them customisation, comfort, and simplicity.
Children love the 500L because it has low window ledges. This also makes it really easy to manoeuvre the car because visibility is terrific.
When it comes to practical motoring, few come better than the Fiat 500L Cross. It’s good to drive, seriously roomy, extremely comfortable, has great visibility, and comes with an above average level of equipment. It will be happy on the school run, going to the shops, taking the family on holiday, or operating as the Monday - Friday commuter mobile. Very versatile!