Because there is so little daylight between the price of the base Pop and the top-of-the-line Lounge -- if we were writing the check, we'd get the 500L Lounge. The top-trim-level prices are reasonable, especially with sharp discounts often offered by Fiat. And the Lounge comes surprisingly well-equipped, touting a lot of comfort features that enhance the driving (or riding) experience. Find a Fiat 500L for sale
How Much Does a 2020 FIAT 500L Cost?
The 2020 Fiat 500L is available in Pop, Trekking and Lounge trim levels. Prices include the $1,495 factory delivery fee.
Standard equipment on the base Pop ($23,995) includes 16-in alloy wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, height-adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 60/40 split folding and sliding back seats, Bluetooth, a 7-in Uconnect touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, two USB ports, an auxiliary audio jack, a CD player and a 6-speaker sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Trekking ($25,320) adds vaguely more rugged looks plus 17-in wheels, fog lights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a garage door opener, satellite radio and a 9-speaker Beats Audio system upgrade.
Available only with the Trekking is the $595 Urbana Edition, adding some black exterior accents, 17-in black aluminum wheels and black leather seats with copper stitching.
The Lounge ($26,140) trim is pretty much the same as the Trekking regarding feature content, but it ditches the rugged looks for more chrome and body-colored pieces. We suppose it's somewhat more premium in appearance. It does add an auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver's seat power lumbar adjustment, rear park assist and dual-zone auto climate control.
The Popular Equipment package (for Pop and Trekking) adds rear parking sensors, a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, 2-way power driver lumbar support and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Premium package (Pop) includes all of those items, plus a navigation system integrated into the standard Uconnect touchscreen and a 9-speaker Beats audio system. You can also add contrasting black or white roofs to the Trekking and Lounge trims. The Trekking can also be equipped with an Urbana package that adds black wheels and a red roof.
The Fiat 500L has not been rated for crash safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, it has been crash-tested by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, where it received the best possible "Good" marks in all tests, save for the newer, more stringent small-overlap test, where it received the worst possible "Poor" rating.
As for safety features, the 500L offers the basics of safety technology. It does include necessities such as front-side airbags, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control or a backup camera. Rear park assist is optional on the Pop and the Trekking but standard on the Lounge. The 500L is also not available with any of today's increasingly common safety technologies, including forward-collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning or blind spot monitoring.
2020 FIAT 500L vs the competition
2020 Honda Fit -- Want to get the biggest and most versatile interior with the smallest possible exterior? You're looking for the Honda Fit. It boasts better driving dynamics, fuel economy, resale value and reliability than the 500L.
2020 Kia Soul -- It's not the chic FIAT brand, but the Kia Soul is tremendously popular for a reason. The hatchback combines practicality, equipment and style into one well-priced package.
2020 Hyundai Accent -- Available in both sedan and hatchback, the Accent offers plenty of space and exceptional driving manners for the segment -- plus, its cabin is functional, with loads of quality and style.
2020 Fiat 500X-- If you dig the Fiat look and vibe but long for a stronger all-around effort, it's definitely worth considering the 500X. It's more akin to an SUV, it's available with all-wheel drive, and we think it looks considerably better inside and out than the 500X.
Used Fiat 500L -- Given the 500L's rate of depreciation, it makes a financial sense to consider a lightly used one, if you think it's the car for you. Sure, you may need to deal with the wonky old automated manual transmission, but you'll also be saving some serious bucks.