Ten Second Review
Fiat 500L Trekking Lease Review - The Fiat 500L is never going to be an off-road vehicle, but the closest it comes is the Trekking models within the range. This comes with a unique styling and several notable aids that increase its potential to deal with an off-road situation, while still having all of the practicality of the modern family MPV.
Starting under the hood, you still have all the options of the range, including the standard 1.4 litre petrol and the impressive 900cc TwinAir system, but for once the pick of the lot is the 1.6 Multijet Diesel, which has the pulling power to work with the Trekking systems and is still largely an economical choice, assuming you won’t be spending all of your time in the town. Where the Trekking models do get interesting is with the Traction+ system. This is unique to the Trekking 500L models, and works by distributing the torque and braking between the front wheels in whatever way it feels best. This, when combined with the hefty 17inch wheels and all terrain tyres, gives the car a real grippy feel and is much better on country roads and lanes than most front-wheel drives. This still isn’t a 4x4, but with rollover mitigation and electronic stability control you will never feel more secure driving, which adds to an already extremely comfortable and supportive ride.
In short, the Trekking takes all road surfaces out of the equation. This also makes the car very safe indeed, and supported by up to 9 airbags this gets 5 stars from Euro NCAP for its trouble. Moving onto the rest of the kit, even the basic Trekking models come with air conditioning and CD-MP3, while it is worth looking at some of the extras for things like a Sat-Nav system, which are often included as standard on its competitors. Unlike these models, you have plenty of style inside with a neat finish and two-tone fabric seats, while there is plenty of legroom in the back and enough space for three adults, although this will always be something of a squeeze and is much more suited to three children. It has plenty of family-car appeal, with the boot a particular highlight, being both large and square with plenty of cubby holes and even some bag holder that pop out to help keep the shopping upright. In short this is a great example of familial practicality with one of the best rides in the Fiat 500 range, that will work for you as long as you need it to!
The 500L is a large, solid and practical version of the more petite standard 500 city car. It offers families a practical yet stylish way for small families to transport around kids, bags, pets and everything else that comes with it. With an easy to maintain engine and a solid performing technology base the 500L is a no hassle car that get the job done; a great new market for Fiat to enter!