Purchase advice FIAT 500 L Trekking

Combo Purchase advice FIAT 500 L Trekking

If you prefer to go hiking in the Eifel than to walk through the Gobi Desert on foot, you will probably also like the very special, new FIAT 500 L trekking.

Whereby looking at the 500 L one could briefly think of the unspeakable Multipla. The 500 L is just a real family type. Because the Fiat 500 L offers a lot of space, a few practical details and also conveys a bit of that cool retro charm a la Fiat 500 and Mini-Cooper. Its inventors gave the 500 L Trekking some make-up, but it is not intended for anything more than dirt roads. Then rather as “Taxi Mama”.

If you are interested in the Fiat 500 L Trekking crossover, you should read this buying guide.

The cab-forward design of the Fiat 500 L offers the occupants almost a "bus feeling".
The cab-forward design of the Fiat 500 L almost gives the occupants a “bus feeling”.
Length Width Height 4.270 x 1.800 x 1.679 mm
Wheelbase: 2.612 mm
seats: 5
Trunk size: 412 / 455 to 1.480 liters



 The engine selection

The 500 L Trekking is offered with four engines that are well known from other Fiat models. There is a choice of two petrol and two diesels. The basic gasoline engine has a displacement of almost 1.4 liters, four cylinders and has to get by without turbo-charging. On the other hand, the well-known TwinAir two-cylinder turbo is particularly interesting. You have to like its soundscape, however. With the diesel you can choose between the small 1.3 liter four-cylinder and the 1.6 liter four-cylinder Multijet II. While the two petrol engines are classified as Euro 6, the diesels still get by with Euro 5+.

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gasoline1.4 16V
displacement: 1.368 cc
Power: 95 PS at 6.000 RPM
torque: 127 Nm at 4.500 rpm
Combined with: 6 gear manual transmission
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gasoline0.9 Turbo TwinAir
displacement: 875 cc
Power: 105 PS at 5.500 RPM
torque: 145 Nm at 2.000 rpm
Combined with:6 gear manual transmission

While the basic petrol engine with 95 hp is a classic four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, the 0.9 liter TwinAir plays a very special role. The unit has been “Engine of the Year” several times and has a so-called “EcoMode” in addition to the normal performance mode. Instead of the 105 HP, 98 are made available and the torque drops to 120 Nm. In return, however, consumption should also decrease.

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Diesel1.3 16 V Multijet II
displacement: 1.248 cc
Power: 85 PS at 3.500 RPM
torque: 200 Nm at 1.500 rpm
Combined with: 5 gear manual transmission
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Diesel1.6 16V Multijet II
displacement: 2.598 cc
Power: 105 PS at 3.700 RPM
torque: 320 Nm at 1.750 rpm
Combined with:6 gear manual transmission
With the exception of the small diesel engine, all engines come with a manual 6 gearbox. The small diesel is also available with an automated 5 gearbox.
With the exception of the small diesel engine, all engines come with a manual 6 gearbox. The small diesel is also available with an automated 5 gearbox.

 consumption Consumption

The consumption values ​​according to the NEDC standard are useful for the sterile comparison of car A with car B. However, this does not say anything about the real consumption values. To get a little light on the dark chapter “Real Consumption”, I'll go to mine own consumption tests. For my own fuel consumption test drives, I used the 1.6 Multijet Diesel with 105 PS. If you consider how tall the Fiat 500 L is, the consumption figures are remarkable. Remarkably good! 

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Everyday driver, without savings


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Eco expert with a green toe


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Field service with full throttle desire


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All figures in liters on 100 kilometers


 Transmission and drive

He looks like he can. But he can't. The Fiat 500 L Trekking got the rough make-up for sovereign generals from its builders. But as soon as the going gets tough, the 10% more ground clearance is not enough and there is no all-wheel drive. After all, the war paint looks good and looks believable. FIAT calls Traction + the possibility for the driver to influence the regulation of the traction control at the push of a button. That doesn't change the fact that only two wheels are driven, but it should act like a limited-slip differential on slippery surfaces.

Both petrol engines are delivered in series with a manual six-speed gearbox and have an automatic start & stop. With the diesels, only the larger of the two got the six-speed gearbox. The smaller one has to make do with five courses. Alternatively, you can couple the small diesel engine with an automated manual transmission. Here you have to consider that an automated manual transmission never achieves the comfort of a modern automatic or dual clutch transmission.

My choice is therefore: Who can load as much as the Fiat 500 L Trekking, which should be equipped with a powerful engine: 1.6 Diesel Multijet II. 

FIAT 08 500 L Trekking purchase advice
If you travel a lot over land and like to use the charging capacity of the 500 L, you should not save on the engine power! The small petrol engine 1.4 is interesting only for little riders. The little diesel for frequent travelers who rarely get the hut full and the TwinAir is a case for individualists.

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