Fiat 500L, beach buggy?

The tiny Fiat 500 has grown up, with the 500L capable of conveying four friends to the beach. But are style and sportiness along for the ride?

Vital stats: 2014 Fiat 500L

  • Base price: $19,900, inclusive of $800 destination charge
  • Price as tested: $27,445
  • EPA fuel economy: 24mpg city, 33mpg highway
  • Powertrain: turbocharged 1.4-litre MultiAir four-cylinder engine, six-speed twin-clutch transmission, front-wheel drive
  • Standard equipment: knee-bolster air bags, four-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability control, remote keyless entry
  • Major options: leather upholstery, Uconnect touch-screen radio and navigation, rear-view backup camera, power sunroof, Beats Audio six-speaker sound system, 17in painted aluminium wheels