Body lean is excessive, while the high seating position is more akin to an SUV than a mini MPV.Ultimately, it’s a driving experience that won’t be putting a smile on your face.
For the purpose of this comparison, we’re just focusing on the 500L’s petrol engines. There are two – a standard 1.4-litre engine, and 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet engine. The former takes 12.8 seconds to complete the 0-62 dash, while the latter does it in a more encouraging 10.0 seconds.
Neither are what you’d call performative, while running costs are okay at best. The standard 1.4-litre petrol returns 46.3mpg, while the turbocharged T-Jet unit returns 40.9mpg.
Those returns are decent if not spectacular, but depreciation is the real elephant in the room. While the 500’s resale values are good, the 500L will struggle to retain over 30% of its original price after 3 years.
That’s nothing to do with the interior, which is generally good. The seats are comfy, and it’s a wholesome, cosy family car. The suspension cushions you from potential blows meted out by broken roads, while the power steering rewards you with even more comfort.
However, road noise is an issue, especially on the motorway.
The dashboard looks good, and sports the same retro design as the 500. The quality of the plastics used is not as good as rivals, and that does take something away from the vintage feel of the car.
It’s practical, though. Five adults will be able to sit in relative comfort, while the 400-litre boot is a very good size. Its boot floor can be lowered or raised, too. The rear seats are easy to slide back and forth, and the front passenger seat can be folded for more space.
Kia – £14,300 – £30,000
Fiat – £16,000 – £21,300