View Full Version : Lame 500L review

06-19-2013, 09:46 AM
Not much here but another quick review of the 500L on thetruthaboutcars:


I usually enjoy this site's articles but I feel the writer of this one didn't really try that hard...

06-19-2013, 10:46 AM
It has weird references, like my posts, that either you understand or you don't.

This one:
"Is the North Americanized version of the old Multipla, in the same way that Domino’s pizza is the dougy, Americanized version of a thin crust Neapolitan Pizza Margherita."

I don't eat Dominos pizza and never heard of the other pizza thing. This makes no sense to me at all.

Here's another:
"Fiat couldn’t really give us a straight answer as to why they offered both, but using my mother as a sample size of one, it’s because she found the DSG in my Dad’s old Jetta 2.0T a bit odd after driving automatics all her life."

What is a DSG? There are references to both DSG and DCT, but the author doesn't bother to define them for the reader. Usually it would be defined and then abbreviated, like "Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)" and after that the writer can refer to it only as DCT.

It's another reviewer who doesn't know quite what to make of the vehicle. As we've seen in other articles, reviewers are not sure what to compare the 500L to, or what the market is for the vehicle.

Many reviews consist of comparing one car to another: Bigger than, smaller than, faster than, seats more, seats less, mpg, horsepower, torque, etc. If the reviewer can't label the 500L and push it into a box with all the other cars that are just like it, they aren't really sure what to do with it. This is both good and bad for the 500L.

It's bad, because it may not show up on a potential purchaser's radar as being an alternative to other vehicles. On the other hand, the good part is that the vehicle is "free" of those labels and comparisons, so that the vehicle can be anything to anyone.

It could be an alternative to the average notch-back sedan. Seats as many people. It could be a fun, sporty, friendly car. It could be a commuter with passengers. It could be a wagon. It could be road trip car or the taxi cab or the kid/dad/mom car or the minivan. It's the "take the dog to the beach" car. It's the "make a big (costco/warehouse) shopping trip run. It could be for singles, couples, families. Each purchaser gets to decide what kind of vehicle it is, and what it will be used for.

I don't know anything about towing, but I keep seeing that yellow Trekking with this behind it:

Plenty of room in the Trekking to stow life jackets, change of clothing, picnic lunch, for a great day on land and the water.