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.
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|2016 FIAT 500LBrowse Used Listings||2016 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2016 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2016 MINI CountrymanBrowse Used Listings||2016 Scion iMBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Small Station Wagons||Small Station Wagons||Small Station Wagons||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars|
|5-Door HB Pop||5-Door HB Manual LX||5-Door Wagon Manual Base||FWD 4-Door||5-Door HB Manual (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2016 FIAT 500L vs. 2016 Honda Fit||2016 FIAT 500L vs. 2016 Kia Soul||2016 FIAT 500L vs. 2016 MINI Countryman||2016 FIAT 500L vs. 2016 Scion iM|