The 2013 Fiat 500L is the best proof that the minivan may look attractive and fashionable. Italians must be recognized that, in terms of design, still unsurpassed. High roof makes the atmosphere in the car much more comfortable and less claustrophobic. There is “one hundred and one” storage for small things that really something to be and to become, at the same time are well spaced, and practical luggage compartment of 400 liters with straight sides, and folding rear seat offers plenty of room for bulky items. This is a true family car that does not look boring, and yet it’s more fun to drive than watch.
2013 Fiat 500L – Specs
The engine is proven, reliable 1.4-liter Fire gasoline engine with 16 valves, two overhead camshafts and 95 hp at 5,500 rpm crankshaft. Achieves maximum torque of 127 Nm at 4,500 crankshaft revolutions per minute. In combination with six-speed manual transmission rather lengthy suspension, the new 2013 Fiat 500L with this engine delivers a top speed of 170 km / h, even with winter tires and a “hundred on” speeding up of 12.8 seconds. Average fuel consumption of the test presented is 7.8 liters, although the car is driven and the snow, and the air conditioning worked at least every other day during the test. Factory declares average fuel consumption of only 6.2 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 145 g / km. It is possible to spend so little, but only if you do not rush a lot, that is, to drive 90-100 km / h, of course – in sixth gear. Although at times you feel like a lethargic engine, with it you can get really good average travel speed, but he still does not have reserve power for critical situations. Better and more flexible the turbo diesel common rail MultiJet 85 bhp, Petrol is not elastic, but allows you to maintain a trouble-free cruising speed of 150 km / h, but if you exceed that, the wind noise becomes noticeable, as it is quite tall 500L car.
Independent European Association of Euro NCAP has announced the list of the safest cars in 2012 on the basis of crash safety tests conducted on 36 new models. Cars are divided into seven categories, 2013 Fiat 500L declared, with the Ford B-Max, the most secure in the small MPV. Fiat 500 L was awarded the maximum five stars in adult occupant protection category and scored 94 out of 100 percent. Child Protection has won 78%, which is a good result. Fiat is not “caring” and the pedestrians, because in that category went to 65%, and additional safety equipment (Safety Assist) 71%. The competition offers: C3 – 4 star hotel (81%, 78%, 43%, 40%), Ford B-Max – 5 Stars (92%, 84%, 67%, 71%), Opel Meriva – 5 stars (89 %, 77%, 55%, 86%), Skoda Yeti – 5 Stars (92%, 78%, 46%, 71%). Roomster is tested according to the new nomenclature, and crash test 2006th is, the more lenient criteria, won 5 stars.
The 2013 Fiat 500L has the best passive safety in its class and the soundest body. Active safety is improved with the Meriva, therefore – Electronic stability control can be improved, and now Fiat is on the move. The brakes are superb: the stopping distance at 100 km / h is 36 meters. The brake pedal is very fine and soft, measured and responsive to the touch of the foot (the owner will look Alfi), and ABS is well tuned, is not activated prematurely.
The latest model in its class, the Ford B-Max and Opel Meriva, with similar equipment cost more than the 2013 Fiat 500L. Citroën C3 Picasso, who for three years on the market, offering a much lower level of security, but also comfort. In the back seat Citroën are more than 185 cm have enough place.The 2013 Fiat 500L is much larger than the entire competition. Well-known models of Skoda’s Octavia and Yeti (500L will soon get a 4×4 version, and therefore, the Yeti to be the number one competitor) have a much stiffer suspension, considerably more noise in the passenger compartment and less brakes. While Fiat to 36 meters to stop, is Skoda Yeti takes 37 m, while the Ford B-Max and Meriva spend more than two meters of Italian cars, Roomster even three meters (worst Citroën to 40 m braking).
Roomster is not just those at the speed of 130 km / h, because the passengers forward noise of 73 dB, and the Yeti, and Opel, Citroen and Ford are quieter with 70-72 dB, depending on the choice of engine. In relation to all of them, in Fiat’s as quiet as a “theater” with only 67 dB, which is a result worthy of the Mercedes. As I already wrote, 1 dB gives the feeling of difference in noise of 10%. This means that the 2013 Fiat 500L quieter than Ford or Opel for at least 30%, and the feeling of silence can be confirmed. In it you can see it for yourself if you take the time to walk to the nearest Fiat dealer, test drive is free of charge.
Capacity at Citroën is very small – only 423 kg. Octavia may submit only 444 kg, and the B-Max 480 kg. Load Fiat 503 kg, which is great, but the Astra is here still the best, with 535 kg. When the rear seats down, Roomster and Citroen C3 even offer 1,555 and 1,506 gallons (1,310 l Fiat only), Ford B-Max to 1,430 liters in the middle, and the Astra 1,500 liters of usable space on the top of the class.
Ford and Vauxhall have of direct servo control – the neutral curves lie from the competition and sent the driver plenty of feedback on what is going on under the wheels. They feel good genes from Ford B-Max, because this car uses dynamic platform. Fiat platform is new, used in Turin for the new Punto, but it is primarily set up for comfort. The 2013 Fiat 500L prefers moderate riders who want a quiet, refined ride. On the highway, however, the most comfortable ride Fiat, not only for the best sound insulation and safest brakes (which are especially when braking at high speeds of 160-170 km / h, and that is a very precise dose), but because of calm reliance, that very well isolated from road bumps. The impression is that the 2013 500L is designed to primarily appeal to American buyers, who most of all appreciate the comfort.
In this category, Skoda Roomster and the Yeti is somewhere in the happy middle, while Citroën was the most boring to drive on the highway – not fast, neither of these, nor exaggeration stable. However, customers do not buy minivans and this type of vehicle that you drive on the limit, but have other priorities in the selection, such as security, spaciousness and comfort or ease of driving in the city, and it is the best 2013 Fiat 500L handles the tight streets – not so much for turning diameter of 10.2 m, which is the average class, but because of the parking brake soft and very light steering at speeds appropriate city. In doing so I have to point out that Fiat’s steering wheel is too vague – it is average and offers more feedback from the new Clio IV, who tried to impose a customer with a “sports gene”.
If German journalists have decades declaring VW Golf for the best car in its class (even when it’s not), I ventured to write the most competitive 2013 Fiat 500L minivan at this time, especially because it shows all the relevant measurements.
Version tested had a specific package of equipment that is intended for journalists and buyers are offered four trim levels: Pop, Pop Star, Easy and Lounge. Interestingly, the price of equipment and the Pop Star Easy identical or € 14,990 for the 1.4 version and € 16,900 with the 1.3 Multijet engine.
Pop basic equipment package includes: ABS, ESP, ASR-MSR-Hill Holder, front and side airbags, curtain airbags, body color bumpers, electric front windows, adjustable driver’s seat, height-adjustable steering wheel height and depth, Start-Stop system (standard for 1.3 JTD and TwinAir), central locking with remote unlocking. Price is for version 1.4 of exactly € 13,490.
Pop Star has: body color door mirrors, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, alloy wheels 16-ice, side protection moldings (black chrome). Easy package, rather than climate include: leather steering wheel phone and audio controls, leather shift lever, and 5” Touchscreen Radio + Bluetooth + USB + Aux
Lounge has power windows and rear windows, electric mirror, mirror glass, outside mirror, armrest back, rear parking sensors, electric mirrors with defrost function, parking sensors, alloy wheels 16-wire, glass sunroof, multi-function computer, electro chromatic rear-view mirror, fog lights, rain sensor. With this equipment 2013 Fiat 500L to pay € 16,690.
If you’re Italian or an Italian, this car is a must because this is the best ever Fiat, although produced in Serbia. Serbs, however, has not yet learned that all the benefits of minivans and few people will believe that the 2013 Fiat 500L is far more spacious and comfortable than the Fiat Bravo. Too bad, because this car is good for Serbia’s image is worth far more than our acclaimed athletes. The 2013 Fiat 500L is set for a minivan: a standard Start & Stop system (with engines of 1.3 and MultJet TwinAir), alloy wheels 16 inches, automatic climate control in two zones, high-quality audio device, and a six-speed manual transmission, and good style you get free. Those that design is not of any importance would rather choose Skoda or Astra – never mind that they have more common Start & Stop system, nor the Roomster and Yeti offer far lower level of comfort 2013 Fiat 500 L. It will be many years before customers in Serbia, but also the rest of Europe, Fiat begin to appreciate the extent to which he deserves.
As long as you sound, 2013 Fiat 500L is currently the best model in the class. Euro NCAP has recently been declared the safest car for Fiat, so let me just declare that the German ADAC 500L for the most reliable model in the class, because he was already the best. If you want a plush ride offered by the Mercedes B-Class, but with style, buy 2013 Fiat 500L, as the German designers need several centuries to reach Italian stylists. When the design is concerned, always known to be one of the Italians. For now, the 2013 Fiat 500L is the champion when it comes to safety and design, and i rewarded him for comfort.
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