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Day by Day Review: 2014 Fiat 500L car test drives fiat daily car reviews
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Well this week I’m in a quirky car… wow. That’s right this week I’m in the new Fiat 500L, the “long” version of the cute, two-door 500 that came to our shores just a few years ago.

The 500L offers up a ton more space with four doors, sliding back seats and a sizeable trunk/hatch area – perhaps the solution to low 500 sales here in North America? I can only imagine that is why they launched this funny-looking thing.

Day by Day Review: 2014 Fiat 500L car test drives fiat daily car reviews
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The 500L adds a full 686 mm in length, and 152 mm in both height and width. Not only is the car longer but it is obviously heavier as well, how much heavier? How about 385 kg heavier? That seems outrageous to me. Good thing they upped the power from the tiny engine by adding a turbocharger that powers this little-big car with an output of 160 hp and 184 lb-ft torque from its 1.4L turbocharged “MultiAir Turbo” four-cylinder engine.

You seem to get a lot of content as well, my tester is a Sport model which comes standard with things like: Dual-zone climate control, heated seats, power windows/mirrors and lumbar support, and cruise control. Add in some options like a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, a gigantic sunroof that covers the entire roof, navigation and “Beats” stereo system though and the reasonable starting MSRP of $22,995 is all of a sudden north of $30k… eek.

Some people like quirky though and I have to give this car a chance even though my first impressions are not the best. Let’s see if it grows on me!

MSRP as tested (including destination): $30,485

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).