Fiat 500L Is a Very Flawed Car, Consumer Reports Says [Video]
CR praised the generous interior space and the compact packaging. They said the ride is good but the steering doesn't have feedback. That's not really a problem for a car that's not supposed to be driven hard.
The 160 hp 1.4-liter turbo engine is pokey enough, certainly offering more than anything Fiat offers its European customers, but the gearbox is a problem. Fiat calls it Euro twin-clutch, which makes you think it's as good as VW's DSG, but it's actually dim-witted and confused.
The overall conclusion is that it's a good idea executed badly, typical Fiat behavior. Certainly, looking at the pricing of the car, we agree with their judgement. At $19,100, the cheapest 500L is more expensive than a Toyota Tacoma pickup, a Chevy Cruze sedan or a Ford Focus.