2016 FIAT 500L vs. Its Competition

2016 Fiat 500L
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Fiat 500L has a lot of competition in the compact segment.

It's combination of quirky styling and versatility remind us of Mini's Countryman, but the 500L delivers a more compliant ride at a cheaper price, while the Countryman rewards drivers with better handling and turbocharged acceleration in S form.

Striking a similar profile is the Kia Soul, another tall-roof hatchback with great interior space.

If you don't need the upright greenhouse, the Honda Fit makes the most of its interior volume thanks to its trick Magic Seat system—and it returns solid fuel economy numbers, too.

The Scion iM is a five-door hatchback that doesn't excite the driver, but doesn't make any unforced errors, either.

Finally, the Hyundai Elantra GT is a straightforward five-door that aspires to European looks and handling, and makes it maybe three-quarters of the way down that road, though it lacks the polish of a Golf GTI.

2016 Fiat 500L2016 FIAT 500L
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Quick Specs
The 2016 Fiat 500L has hatchback utility down pat, but its styling is quirky and performance is average, at best.
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The 2016 Honda Fit isn't as entertaining to drive as it once was, but it's unmatched in safety and space, thanks to the Magic Seat.
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The affordable, practical 2016 Kia Soul has a boxy style that fits right into urban environments, yet fits a lot inside.
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The 2016 Mini Counryman retains a fair amount of the Mini character and fun-to-drive spirit, but a growing crop of small crossovers give it more competition than ever.
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The 2016 Scion iM looks the part of the youth-oriented sporty hatchback, but doesn't drive the part.
MSRP From    
$19,495$15,890$15,900$22,750$18,460
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small Station WagonSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
5-Door HB Pop5-Door HB Manual LX5-Door Wagon Manual BaseFWD 4-Door5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackSport UtilityHatchback
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2016 FIAT 500L vs. 2016 Honda Fit2016 FIAT 500L vs. 2016 Kia Soul2016 FIAT 500L vs. 2016 MINI Cooper Countryman2016 FIAT 500L vs. 2016 Scion iM