Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cross Country

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cross Country

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OING large paid dividends for Fiat when it pumped the baby in its range to create the 500L.

Ge compact MPV has become a popular model with families across the UK and now there's a new version, spruced up inside and out.

With a new look front and back, the latest 500L is keeping pace with the current crop of crossovers - and the SUV-like appeal is extended on some models with the addition of extra traction controls.

e changes may be a mid-life update to the model rst introduced in 2012 but are signicant and include a new layout to the interior.

Prices now start from £16,195 - an increase of some £600 - for a 1.4-litre petrol Urban model in Pop Star trim and top out at £21,320 for a 1.6 diesel in Cross specication which comes with 'softroader' looks and the added grip. ere's also a seven-seater Wagon model with prices ranging from £18,945 to £22,320.

As such, Fiat has most bases covered with the 500L and it's a very capable family all-rounder with engines that are lean and mean.

We have just put the top range 500L Cross 1.6 MultiJet diesel through its paces and in terms of economy it must be one of the most frugal crossovers around.

Forget all the recent hullabaloo about diesels - the latest generation are cleaner than ever and the Fiat engines meet all the current emissions standards.

Driving around town the 500L showed an average of 58 to the gallon and on a run its was nudging into the low 60s, not far othe o cial fuel gure of 65.7mpg with emissions of 114g/ km.

With 120bhp on tap performance is adequate at 11.5 seconds 0 to 60 and a top speed of 114mph which for once makes this a compact diesel that's well worth the £2,000 premium over the turbo petrol versions.

e 500L Cross has more rugged features than the Urban models which includes some added body protection and skid plates front and rear. It also sits an inch higher which takes ground clearance up to almost six inches. …

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