Facts at a glance

Fiat Multi jet
Fiat Multi jet

The 500L for Large is Fiat’s bold answer to customer and dealer demands for a grown up alternative to the small but so successful, 500.

One that does the people and baggage carrying chores with a practical dash of Italian flair - allowing individual personalisation through extensive options that set new benchmarks for the class. Let’s check this car out in 1.3-litre Multijet diesel form.

The 1.3 MultiJet diesel of the version we tried has the least horsepower in the range at 85bhp and that makes it the slowest to whistle up 62mph - that process taking a tardy 14.9 seconds. This model also stumps along at the lowest maximum speed, just a breath beyond 100 mph.

But before you dismiss it on statistical grounds, remember that a 1.3 MultiJet also returns the best combined fuel consumption and lowest emissions of the range.

Of course 500L doesn’t have the cute appeal of the smaller 500s, but what 500L does have in abundance is originality and ingenuity.

For proof, look at the flow of the wraparound windscreen, giving almost 360-degree vision.

500L pricing starts at around the £15,000 mark, but you’ll need at least around £16,500 for one of the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel models.

Air conditioning, a UConnect multimedia system, cruise control, plus power windows and mirrors are standard on all models, as are twin front, side and curtain airbags.

This will appeal to a driver who wants practicality and originality rather than a pretty cuteness.