Fiat 500L MPW (2013 – 2018) Review

Fiat 500L MPW (2013 – 2018) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
Fiat did a reasonable job of giving an MPV some of the design flair of its popular city car, and the Fiat 500L MPW was offered with seven seats, which many buyers will appreciate. But it’s far from the best in its class to drive.

+Available with five or seven seats. Lots of space. Diesel is quiet on the move.

-TwinAir engine is underpowered. Third row of seats only suited to children. No fun to drive.

Insurance Groups are between 8–18
On average it achieves 67% of the official MPG figure

Trying to make an MPV fun is not easy. The Fiat 500L MPW comes closer than many, as it channels some of the Fiat 500 city car’s style into a five-seat or seven-seat people carrier, although the over-inflated looks are an acquired taste. Leftfield rivals are thin on the ground, but the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso ticks that box. Others to consider are the Ford C-MAX and stablemate the Ford S-MAX, plus the solid Volkswagen Touran. Read on for our full Fiat 500L MPW review.

It was only a matter of time until Fiat cashed in on the success of the Fiat 500 with a range of larger models, in much the same way BMW did with the MINI Countryman.

The Fiat 500L is a larger people carrier model, but the biggest member of the family is this – the Fiat 500L MPW.

It’s a sort of halfway house between an estate car and a family MPV, so it ticks a similar box as the Fiat 500L, but is longer and has more interior space.

Five-seat and seven-seat versions are available, both of which come with a practical boot, plus some neat touches and Italian quirks, like the option of an in-built espresso machine.

The middle row is impressively spacious, with more than enough legroom for even the tallest adults.

Sadly the same can’t be said for the rearmost seats, which are really designed for children. As with most seven-seaters, these fold away when you don’t need them, leaving a usefully flat load floor.

The middle row is also mounted on runners, so you can adjust them to balance load space or legroom.

In addition, the boot floor can be set at three different heights, plus the middle row can be tumbled forward completely, making it one of the most versatile MPVs around.

This is illustrated by its capacity, as the Fiat 500L MPW has a maximum of 400 litres more load volume than the shorter Fiat 500L.

Fiat offered five engines, from the 900cc TwinAir petrol to the 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel.

The latter is really the best choice for those covering big mileages thanks to its useful torque and reasonable fuel economy. The petrols are better for shorter runs and offer enough performance for urban driving.

Regardless of engine choice, the Fiat 500L MPW is easy to get to grips with. It’s relaxed and easy to drive, offering a smooth and comfortable ride over most road surfaces.

Unfortunately it doesn’t offer the same nimbleness as the city car that donated its name, but as a family car it’s perfectly competent.

It may not be as well built or as flexible as the larger Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, nor does it offer the same value for money as the likes of a Ford Tourneo Connect.

However, for those used buyers who like the offbeat styling, the Fiat 500L MPW offers sufficient appeal to warrant serious consideration – but only if you really need the extra space over a regular Fiat 500L.

Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar's Fiat 500L review here.

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Buying a used MPV - Which model is best?

"We are interested in buying a used seven-seat MPVv and have seen a 2015 Fiat 500L MPW 1.6 Popstar diesel on offer for 10.5K with around 5500 miles on the clock. They look really different from the norm and my wife and I have have been considering one. However, we tend to keep our cars for a while, my Volkswagen Passat diesel was bought new in 2005 and now has done 188,000 miles and my wife's Almera has 90,000 from new in 2004. I am concerned about the reliability/durability of the Fiat. I have never owned one and always remember them being branded as rusty, unreliable with a less than robust interior. I am sure things have changed but how much? Should we stick to a more 'conventional' option like the Toyota Verso, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, Citroen Picasso or even a Nissan Qashqai +2 if we want decent longevity? However, our budget of circa. £10k will only stretch at best to 2012/2013 models of other 'mainstream' MPVs."
FIAT's 1.6 Multijet diesel doesn't have a brilliant reputation, but unless you do 20k miles a year I wouldn't be looking at diesel anyway. Too many problems with the emissions equipment. The Toyota Verso 1.8i Valvematic Multidrive S is the best Verso. None of the other cars on your list have great records for reliability. See Test of the 500L MPW here: The best compact seven-seater was the Mazda 5 TS2 1.6d or 2.0 petrol, though the PSA/Ford diese engine in that can develop problems.
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Buying a car for commuting and electric wheelchair transport?

"I am looking to buy a medium car that I can use for commuting on country roads (20 miles a day), driving around town, and regular motorway driving. The catch is that my partner uses a powered wheelchair (120 kg) which we would like to be able to take on trips at weekends. The majority of the time I will be the only person in the car, and so I don't want a specific wheelchair accessible vehicle. He would not want to stay in his wheelchair, and would sit in passenger seat. I have been looking at getting a car with a flat loading boot, so that with a ramp I could drive the powered wheelchair into the car. Many of the cars I have been looking at would need the back seats to be folded flat which suits us fine, but my main concern is that a car boot/folded seat would not suppor the weight of the wheelchair. Would appreciate any advice on potentially suitable vehicles? "
The only way you could drive a powered wheelchair into the back of the car is to get a specific 'Wheelchair Adapted Vehicle' (WAV) from someone like I can't think of a single station wagon that would take something the height of a powered wheelchair without disassembling it, though you might get one into a Citroen Berlingo Multispace, Peugeot Partner, Mercedes Citan, Ford Tourneo Connect or Fiat 500L using ramps if you are strong enough to push it in. You would then have to secure it, which is why a specific WAV makes more sense.
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