Road test: Fiat 500L

Daljinder Nagra
Road test: Fiat 500L
Road test: Fiat 500L

Aiming to prove that MINI isn't the only company that can stretch an entire model range out of a retro-inspired hatchback, Fiat has launched a larger, crossover version of the popular 500 supermini.
AOL Cars jumped behind the wheel to see if it is a step too far.

What is it?

It's a Fiat 500 that's been at the pies. Designed to appeal to new parents who have outgrown the limited practicality of the hatchback, but don't want the dour image of a regular MPV, Fiat has tried to instill some of the 500's cheeky design into this new model, though the results have been less than successful. Bloated on the outside and having few of the fresh interior design details of its smaller sibling. On the plus there is now room to seat five adults comfortably and the boot will easily swallow enough luggage for a family week away.