Driving the Fiat 500L Trekking

Fiat 500L Trekking More at Home Outdoors

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A distinctive family car coming to the market the Fiat 500L now growing in size and appeal

Two new models are now available in the Fiat 500 range: the 500L Trekking and the 500L MPW (Multi-Purpose Wagon). Orders for the 500L Trekking begun in June 2013 with prices starting at £17,095. The 500L MPW will be available in the UK from September.

Both models use the 500L’s ‘space efficiency’ ethos as a starting point with its segment-topping running costs, performance, versatility and visibility. They then offer different interpretations of an already successful, highly practical yet stylish formula.


The 500L Trekking has been designed to be as at home in the great outdoors as it is on congested city streets. It has a distinctively rugged crossover look with a raised ride height and M+S (Mud&Snow) all-season tyres, plus the clever Traction+ system.

With eye-catching styling features including protective underbody shields and new diamond-finished alloy wheels, the 500L Trekking gives a sportier, more dynamic twist to the 500L concept without compromising its class-leading interior space and functionality.

The 500L Trekking sits at the top of the 500L range above the Pop Star, Easy and Lounge models. It includes a host of large car features already packed in the 500L such as cruise control, the five-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Air Conditioning and six airbags. Exclusive to the 500L Trekking are specific bumpers, dark tinted windows, Traction+ and unique styling features.

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Just like the 500L, the 500L Trekking can accommodate five people in comfort, and has sufficient luggage space in its 400-litre boot to take five suitcases too. It feels spacious inside thanks to the extensive glazing and windscreen pillars that have been split and tapered to give almost 360-degree vision. This, along with a suite of standard safety features, has already made the 500L a EuroNCAP five-star crash safety award winner.

The 500L Trekking becomes the first Fiat to feature City Brake Control as standard. This system has been designed to watch over the driver and either prevent or lessen damage in low-speed collisions. The Trekking model also benefits from Traction+, an electronic system that controls the braking circuit to simulate the behaviour of a self-locking electromechanical differential. This means the front-wheel drive Fiat can tackle the sort of tricky terrain that other two-wheel drive cars would struggle on.

There are four engines: two petrol and two diesel. The multiple award-winning 0.9 TwinAir Turbo 105hp and 1.4 95hp FIRE engine make up the petrol pair. The 1.4 starts the range at £17,095 while the TwinAir is priced at £18,590. In the diesel corner, Fiat’s clever MultiJet II technology appears in 1.3-litre 85hp and 1.6-litre 105hp formats. The 1.3 MultiJet is priced from £18,590, with the 1.6 MultiJet from £19,590. All engines apart from the 1.4 petrol feature Start&Stop. The 1.3 MultiJet with a five-speed Dualogic automatic gearbox is priced at £19,490.

The 500L Trekking is available in a total of 17 colour combinations, with a choice of six finishes inside. It is priced at £700 more than the 500L Lounge and carries a different level of equipment, as well as completely revised styling.

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