The 2014 Fiat 500L goes on sale this weekend, and it starts at $19,900 including an $800 destination fee. That’s about even with a 2013 Ford Focus hatchback but less than a Mazda3 hatch, a four-door Volkswagen Golf or a Mini Countryman.
The price gets you a stick-shift 500L Pop, which comes well-equipped. Standard features include chrome door handles, power accessories with remote entry and one-touch windows all around, a tailgate spoiler, manual air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and manual height-adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger. It also includes cruise control and a 5-inch touch-screen stereo with USB/iPod compatibility, steering-wheel audio controls and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.
For $20,995, the 500L Easy adds chrome side mirrors, upgraded seat fabric and padded dashboard trim (versus the exterior-matched trim in the 500L Pop). It also gets 16-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded stereo, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a front center armrest with covered storage underneath. For 2014, a 6.5-inch touch-screen with navigation, rear parking sensors and a backup camera are also included — normally a $1,745 Premier Package, Fiat says. That makes the 500L Easy, well, an easy choice over the Pop.