View Full Version : Motor Trend Car of The Year Contender: 500L

11-10-2013, 04:31 AM
"No vehicle left editors scratching their heads or using the word "bizarre" more often than the Fiat 500L. It performed better than most expected, but that might be because expectations were exceedingly low for this European microvan with a quirky interior. Quirky can mean special in a good way, and sometimes it's a nice way to say something doesn't make sense. In the case of the 500L, quirky means both. "What an odd meatball Fiat has made from the 500," said Loh. "Bigger, some interesting flavor, but mostly odd cuts and gristle." The 500L weebled and wobbled but didn't fall down as editors pushed it through the ride and handling course. "Drives like it looks -- top-heavy, wallowing at times, but also surprisingly stable at higher speeds," said Floyd.

The three-piece windshield makes for both good and confusing visibility, as it's difficult to judge where the front end of the vehicle is. The emergency brake hides under the driver's armrest, and the gearshift knob on the manual model is the size of a baseball. The second row folds forward and up to create a useless storage space. The upright driving position and the lack of bolstering make it easy for the driver to slide around the seat. However, many editors liked the pep of the 160-hp, 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the 500L maintained a relatively quiet and smooth ride. There are some nice features, such as the 500L's telematics setup and even a cool box in the glovebox. The 500L is driver-friendly and ergonomically sound. But does this Eurocentric van have a future in America? "Attempting to sell the 500L here on its practical merits is a waste of energy, just as it would be trying to sell Ram pickups to Europeans," said MacKenzie."

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11-10-2013, 08:18 AM
I am not sure I understood the point, but anyways, I am so glad that people most of the time thinks that the 500L is "ugly", etc, since I don't want to drive something that everyone has, like this /sarcastic start / fantastic beautiful american cars, or the Germany ones, expensive , but the quality so good \sarcastic end .