2019 FIAT 500L

2019 ASG AWARDS: Best Economic Performance in the Wagon segment.

NOTEWORTHY ASG FINDING: offers best value in its class with the lowest purchase and operating costs over the first 6.5 years of ownership.



The Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2019 Automotive Performance Index (API) Study found the 2019 Fiat 500L to offer the best value and economic performance of any model year 2019 wagon, earning the distinguished Best Economic Performance award in class for the second consecutive year. 

The 500L outperformed all vehicles in its class, holding claim to the lowest cost of ownership when considering purchase and operating costs across the first 6.5 years of its life-cycle (87,594 miles - the average time and vehicle miles traveled by the average new car buyer).

According to ASG's annual study, the 500L is not only the lowest priced vehicle in its class, but ASG also found the 500L to take advantage of vehicle light-weighting strategies that maximize operational efficiency, coming in as the lightest vehicle architecture in class, and 534 pounds less than the average vehicle in its competitive segment. Less resources translates to reduced environmental footprint, increased operational efficiency and reduced life-cycle operating costs.

The 500L’s significant weight advantage, combined with its best-in-class retail price and a fuel economy rating that is on par with its more expensive counterparts, leads to a combined total cost savings of 30% over the initial 6.5 years of vehicle ownership, when compared to the average vehicle in its class. 

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The Automotive Performance Index (API) applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. For example, the vehicle that performs highest in environment performance in a given class obtains a rating score of 100. Each vehicle in its class is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. A score of 91 translates to a 9% environmental performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle.  

Due to the API’s relative vehicle rating method, vehicle class divisions were identified as a critical input - these class divisions are detailed here.

While the Automotive Performance Index is indeed an exhaustive list of vehicles to trim level detail, with each vehicle assessment reporting over 200 unique data outputs (the culmination of thousands of data inputs), ASG has taken additional measures to ease the burden of sorting through all data points and all vehicle assessments. We have developed key performance categories and sorted all vehicles in each class according to Environmental Performance, Social Performance, Economic Performance and All-Around Performance. The vehicle in each class with the best score in each unique category is named the performance award winner (i.e. Best Environmental Performance Award winner). The vehicle in each class that scores highest combined scores in Environmental Performance, Social Performance and Economic Performance is named the ASG Best All-Around Performance Award winner.

One step further, we also name the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award winners in each class to provide consumers with a concise product comparison guide.