In the world of smaller five-door cars, the Fiat 500L isn’t best-of-class at anything except perhaps for outward visibility.
The versatile Honda Fit subcompact remains the segment’s champ for flexibility and clever interior design, plus a spunky character and Honda’s usual reliability.
The Kia Soul “tall box” subcompact is hugely popular, and offers similar interior volume to the 500L, top-notch marketing (hamsters!), without the risks of a newish brand and limited dealer network.
The new Kia Niro hybrid wagon is practical, stylish, and delivers 40 mpg or more in real-world use.
The Mini Cooper Clubman, now a proper wagon with four side doors, has the style and enjoyable driving the 500L lacks, while the Toyota Corolla iM (nee Scion iM) is a hatchback version of the uber-reliable Corolla sedan that will reassure those dubious about Fiat quality.
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|2018 FIAT 500LBrowse Used Listings||2018 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2018 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2018 Kia NiroBrowse Used Listings||2018 MINI Cooper CountrymanBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||46 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas/Electric I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3|
|Small Station Wagons||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||Mid-Size Cars|
|Pop Hatch||LX Manual||Base Manual||FE FWD||Cooper FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Hatchback||Hatchback||Hatchback||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2018 FIAT 500L vs. 2018 Honda Fit||2018 FIAT 500L vs. 2018 Kia Soul||2018 FIAT 500L vs. 2018 Kia Niro||2018 FIAT 500L vs. 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman|