I recently had a stint in the 2014 Fiat 500L with my family, which includes a 6-foot-2 husband and three growing daughters ages 9, 11 and 13. I wasn’t expecting much more than a fun and novel week driving something instantly recognizable, but the truth is that the 500L is much more functional for families than one would think.
In a world full of large, practical SUVs that start to look and feel the same, I really enjoyed previous weeks in both the Fiat 500c and the 500 Abarth. I was concerned that the 500L would sacrifice the fun factor and uniqueness of the little Fiats, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only does it look great in the flesh, but it also proved to be very practical. While some of its competitors in the “cute little car” market have grown without gaining significant, practical everyday space (Mini Countryman, anyone?), the 500L is an exception.
After loading my three girls in for the first time, I was shocked by the amount of legroom they had: 30.7 inches to be exact. While this was more than enough for my girls and their backpacks, in fairness, this is 3 inches less legroom than in the Mini Countryman. However, the Fiat definitely takes the cute-car cargo-space cake. Its looks are deceiving from the outside, but once you open up the trunk, there’s 23.1 cubic feet of space for your junk behind the back seat, compared to just 16.5 cubic feet in the Countryman.