Geneva Motor Show: Fiat 500L

Take one Fiat 500, put it in a bowl of Miracle Grow and leave for 2-3 years. Then, when the time is right, reap your crop and find an engorged mini-MPV ready to carry five people in comfort. That's what the Fiat 500L is.

Ok, so it looks like a 500 that needed to be removed from its flat by knocking a wall through and liberally applying a crane but some people (feeders, chubby chasers and the like) rather like its cheeky grin.The 'L' in the name stands for 'large' and shows that the 500L is going for the feel of a small SUV combined with MPV space. It's trying to have its cake and eat it too.

It'll head our way later this year and should come with a raft of small petrol and diesel engines. Let's just hope the TwinAir stays away. Awards or not, it's noisy and quite irritating.

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