2019 Fiat 500L vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 500L has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 500L and the Rogue Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The 500L comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rogue Sport’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

The Fiat 500L’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Rogue Sport’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The engine in the 500L has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Rogue Sport has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 500L has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Rogue Sport’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The 500L’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 19 more horsepower (160 vs. 141) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Fiat 500L is faster than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

 

500L

Rogue Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

8.8 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.3 MPH

80.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The 500L has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 500L’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue Sport:

 

500L

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.65 inches

The 500L stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

 

500L

Rogue Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The 500L Pop’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue Sport S’ standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 500L has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rogue Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 500L Trekking handles at .79 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 500L Trekking executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 500L’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (32.3 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

Chassis

The 500L is 5.4 inches shorter than the Rogue Sport, making the 500L easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The 500L has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rogue Sport (98.8 vs. 96).

The 500L has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear hip room than the Rogue Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the 500L’s rear seats recline. The Rogue Sport’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The 500L has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat folded (68 vs. 61.1 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The 500L has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rogue Sport doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The 500L’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The 500L’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Rogue Sport and aren’t offered on the Rogue Sport S.

The 500L’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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