Fiat 500, 500X and 500L line-up updated for 2021

The refreshed Fiat 500 family features a revised trim level structure, new paint finishes and tweaked interior design

The Fiat 500 family has been updated for 2021, with a handful of styling tweaks and some new specifications. Prices for the revised 500 hatchback start from £13,270, while the 500X crossover and 500L MPV are priced from £19,860 and £18,030 respectively.

All three cars share the same – but updated – basic trim-level structure. The range opens with Fiat’s Pop specification, which comes as standard with fabric blue seats and dedicated dashboard trim finished in Techno Blue. A new Sicialian orange paint scheme can also be chosen.

Fiat’s Connect trim boosts the 500 family’s specification further, adding a seven-inch infotainment system, a unique pair of seats and a fresh dashboard finished in matte silver. In addition, the 500 hatchback gets 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, cruise control, parking sensors and a multifunction sports steering wheel. Prices start from £15,000.

The 500 X Connect is priced from £20,760. It gets the same level of equipment, along with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. Finally, the 500L Connect gets the infotainment upgrade, 16-inch alloys and body-coloured door mirrors, for a starting price of £19,330.

Next up is the Dolcevita. This adds chrome exterior trim, a glass sunroof, a body-coloured dashboard and some “Dolcevita” badges, while a two-tone paint scheme can be specced as an optional extra. For the regular 500, this costs the same £15,000 as the Connect.

Above this sits the 500 Dolcevita Plus, which adds a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, 3D sat-nav, automatic climate control and 16-inch alloy wheels. The upgrade also adds another £1,500 to the hatchback’s price-tag.

Here’s where the specifications diverge. Instead of receiving Fiat’s Dolcevita specification, the 500X and 500L get a new Cross trim-level. Prices for the former start from £22,560 – and standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, a roof rack and camouflage upholstery for the seats.

The Fiat 500L Cross features 17-inch alloys, front fog lamps, rear parking sensors, automatic air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights. The same camouflage upholstery also features, although black leather seats can be specced as an optional extra. Prices start from £20,430.

Fiat’s Sport trim-level sits at the top of the line-up – and it’s available on all three models. Prices for the 500 Sport start from £16,500, for which buyers get new 16-inch alloy wheels, new electric seats, automatic air conditioning and privacy glass. The same seven-inch digital gauge cluster as the Dolcevita Plus variant also comes as standard.

The Fiat 500X Sport starts from £23,560 and features black 18-inch alloy wheels and an exclusive Fashion Grey paint finish. The 500L Sport rounds off the line-up with 17-inch alloys, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, privacy glass and an ambient interior lighting system. Prices for the flagship MPV start from £21,330.

Engines and drivetrains

Fiat’s revised 500 line-up is only available with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder mild-hybrid petrol engine, which develops 69bhp and 92Nm of torque. The unit is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, accelerates from 0-62mph in 13.8 seconds, and achieves 53.3mpg.

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The 500X can be had with two engines. The entry-level model uses a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, which develops 118bhp and 190Nm of torque – enough for a 0–62mph time of 10.9 seconds. It’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

The flagship version of the crossover features a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder unit with 148bhp and 270Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard, offering a 0–62mph time of 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 124mph.

Fiat updated 500L can only be had with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. It develops 93bhp and 127Nm of torque – and has emissions as low as 166g/km of CO2. Fiat also confirms that all of the aforementioned engines now meet the latest Euro 6D emissions regulations.

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