Fiat cooks up coffee-making car

500L mini-MPV to offer world's first in-car coffee maker

Forget Facebook updates and tweets, the in-car feature that will really keep you gliding through the gridlock is a coffee maker. Probably. Give it up, therefore, for the Fiat 500L, the world's first car with an optional coffee machine.

Cooked up by Italian coffee specialist Lavazza, the "Espresso Experience" kit will cost around £200 and involves a specially-designed flagon with an integrated heating element located between the front seats.

Water is heated and then passed through custom coffee pads before collecting in the upper reservoir, from whence you pour yourself a cuppa.

Fiat 500L coffee maker

Technical stuff, clearly, this coffee making. No word yet on exactly when you'll be able to cook up a brew in the UK.

But for the record, the 500L is Fiat's uglified and MPV'ed five-door version of the uber-popular 500 city car. It's just about to go on sale in the UK and the 1.3-litre, 84hp diesel version is yours for roughly £15,500.

Fiat 500L

Depending how you look at it, that's either a competitive price for a compact MPV with Italian pizzazz or one hell of a bill for an oversized bean percolator on wheels.

Watch the not-exactly-overly-informative official video below.



Technology and cars. Increasingly the twain shall meet. Which is handy, because Jeremy (Twitter) is addicted to both. Long-time tech journalist, former editor of iCar magazine and incumbent car guru for T3 magazine, Jeremy reckons in-car technology is about to go thermonuclear. No, not exploding cars. That would be silly. And dangerous. But rather an explosive period of unprecedented innovation. Enjoy the ride.