Fiat has given the 500L a facelift

A starring role in the recent BBC sitcom Peter Kay's Car Share is reckoned to have secured some extra Fiat 500L sales. A mild update for the compact MPV could now generate a few more.

Despite looking very similar to its predecessor, Fiat says that 40% of the 2018 500L's components are new. Among the most obvious are the redesigned bumpers and lights.

Inside, there's a revised dashboard which gains a 3.5” colour display between the two main instruments. The storage compartments have been made larger, while a higher-placed gear lever is intended to improve the ergonomics.

Customers will have a choice of Urban, Cross and Wagon versions.

Urban is the entry-level model. Pop Star and Lounge trim grades are being offered, with both featuring Bluetooth, cruise control, 16” alloy wheels and six airbags as standard.

Fiat 500L Urban (2018) Front SideFiat 500L Urban (2018) Rear Side

For anyone wanting to take their 500L over rough terrain, Cross has Normal, Traction+ and Gravity Control driving modes. A skid plate, 17” alloys and unique bumpers are also fitted, plus the ride height is raised by 2.5 cm (1.0”).

Fiat 500L Cross (2018) TopFiat 500L Cross (2018) Front Side

Wagon becomes the name for the seven-seat variant. Available in either Pop Star or Lounge guises, it's 4.38 metres (14’ 4”) long. That's an increase of 14.0 cm (5.5”) compared to the 500L Urban.

Fiat 500L Wagon (2018) Rear SeatsFiat 500L Wagon (2018) Side

UK deliveries are due to commence in September. On-the-road prices start from £16,195.

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