There's no off road gadgetry to give the 500L Cross any off-tarmac prowess, but buyers to get a 'High ride' suspension that takes you a little further off the deck, which might be helpful in muddy car parks. As with the standard model, you get an urban confidence with the 500L, something encouraged by the light lock-to-lock steering. It's a car you might enjoy on the school run, if not quite so much pushing on beyond the city limits. Unfortunately, only one engine is now on offer, a 95bhp petrol 1.4 that's one of Fiat's older efforts and which, thanks to limited pulling power, doesn't really feel as fast as the performance stats suggest (rest to 62mph in 12.8s on the way to 111mph). Beyond town tarmac, the 500L feels a little out of its comfort zone. Here, you might wish that the steering offered you a little more feedback and that there was a bit less body roll through the bends.
That probably won't bother most likely owners too much but on longer trips, they might wish that the issue of refinement had been slightly more thoroughly addressed. We highlighted this when we first tested this car back in 2012 and nothing's been done to improve things since, which is a touch disappointing. It isn't something you really notice at lower speeds, but when you're pushing or are cruising at or around the legal limit on the highway, there's simply more road and wind noise than you'd normally expect from a car of this kind.