Fiat is launching a new seven-seat version of the 500L family car called the ‘Living’ in Europe and MPW (Multi Purpose Wagon) in the UK. Boasting a 5+2 seating arrangement, the 500L Living is all about getting the largest interior space possible from a compact body.
So while the Living is only 4 metres and 35 centimetres long, it can seat up to seven people and it has a load capacity of 638 litres. It combines the practicality of a station wagon with the functionality of an MPV, all in one compact package that is fun to drive.
Fiat says the 500L is appeal to men, thanks to its characteristics of functionality and efficiency, and women, due to its beauty, intelligence and style. It does come with a lineup of good engines, including two petrol engines – 95 HP 1.4 16v and 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo – as well as two turbodiesels: 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II and 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet II. But whichever way you cut it, this car is a family wagon. The word fun rarely applies to that concept.
The 500L Living is bloody good at being a family car though. Unlike a saloon, it’s got seven seats and a large boot. Unlike people carriers it’s not completely horrible to drive. And unlike SUVs, it is not pointless and wasteful. It is kind of the best compromise.
The car comes in two trim levels of Pop Star and Lounge, and endless customization options. You have 5 or 7 seats, 19 body colours (including 11 two-tone combinations) and 6 interior trims, 15 different types in terms of alloy wheels and hub caps; in total, 282 different combinations. The equipment list comprises of items like leather interiors, integrated navigation system and rear camera to assist with reversing manoeuvres.