2018 FIAT 500L vs. Its Competition

2018 Fiat 500L

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.

2018 Fiat 500L2018 FIAT 500L
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2018 Honda Fit2018 Honda Fit
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2018 Kia Soul2018 Kia Soul
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2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid2018 Kia Niro
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2018 Mini Countryman 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman
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Quick Specs
4.4
The 2018 Fiat 500L has received a handful of interior and infotainment upgrades, but it's subpar in several aspects and remains among our lowest-rated cars.
6.0
The 2018 Honda Fit spaces out when it comes to economy-car goodness.
6.8
The 2018 Kia Soul puts style ahead of safety features and turbo power.
6.4
The 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid breathe new life into the hybrid segment, with a practical wagon shape and excellent interior you’d never know was a hybrid.
6.6
The 2018 Mini Countryman has a new plug-in hybrid system but the mission is the same: Big Mini crossover with a bigger audience.
MSRP From    
$20,995$16,190$16,200$23,340$26,600
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy46 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class    
Small Station WagonSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDCompact Cars
Style Name    
Pop HatchLX ManualBase ManualFE FWDCooper FWD
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 UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2018 FIAT 500L vs. 2018 Honda Fit2018 FIAT 500L vs. 2018 Kia Soul2018 FIAT 500L vs. 2018 Kia Niro2018 FIAT 500L vs. 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman