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If the Fiat 500L stretched the firm’s small car brand image with its unusual styling, the 500L MPW – standing for “multi purpose wagon” – pushes it to the point where buttons are catapulting off it in all directions.

The car’s looks will not be easy to get used to, but the story behind the extended rump is extra space and the option of seven seats, costing an extra £700.

But does this extra practicality enhance the 500L’s characteristics to the point where the MPW becomes an appealing option?

Critics are a little unsure, not least because the extra practicality is optional, and Fiat hasn’t really focussed on providing the MPW with a bit more shove to haul its extra weight around.