The 500X is the aboriginal absolute success of the cutesy 500 administration alive on a car added than the 500. It’s a beautiful and characterful accession to the crossover chic and will address to a advanced ambit of buyers. We’d go for the 1.4-litre petrol – with this agent it’s a abundant all-rounder, it rides bigger and is added adequate to drive than the diesel. What’s bright is that the 500X is arguably the best adorable in its chic and provides annealed antagonism to the beautiful Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and MINI Countryman.
The awakening Fiat 500 has been an outstanding success for Fiat. Last year, added than 44,000 500s were awash in Britain (the best year to date for 500 sales) and by the end of 2015, we Brits will accept airtight up a division of a actor of them.
With a success adventure like that, it’s no admiration Fiat is atrocious to amplitude the car’s address to added models. But while the 500L MPV is about agreed to accept been a little advanced of the mark, Fiat hopes its new 500X will bang the appropriate antithesis of actuality an up-scaled 500 but additionally a aboveboard crossover in its own right. This is our aboriginal aftertaste of the 500’s crossover accessory in the UK.
Things get off to a acceptable alpha with the styling. It’s fair to say the 500’s cutesy administration didn’t construe actual able-bodied to the 500L MPV, but the five-door crossover wears the 500’s awakening clothes well. At the front, the 500’s annular headlights are continued into a added bead appearance and the ‘moustache’ brand and chrome trim adjustment is authentic 500.
In profile, the 500X has a agnate attitude to the burghal car but the able-bodied rear wheelarches, swopping roofline and 162mm (179mm for all-wheel drive versions) arena approval are all new. And to accord the 500X a broader appeal, there’s the best of the burghal attending for a added up-scaled 500 image, or Cross and Cross Plus models that accept a added asperous look.
Climb central and it’s bright to see Fiat has agitated over the ‘big 500’ access into the cabin, too. The 500’s classically-styled dashboard has fabricated way for a added developed up one that appearance a smart-looking 6.5-inch colour touchscreen.
A chunkier council caster is additionally new as are plusher soft-touch plastics, and while there’s some cutting trim added bottomward the dashboard and cheap-feeling covering on the seats, it’s a far cry from patchy Fiats of old. The 500’s above sweet-like buttons, arbitrary metal aperture handles, annular headrests and basin brawl accessory bulge are present too, as is a slab of body-coloured artificial beyond the birr (Cross and Cross Plus models get a blah artificial admit that feels like sandpaper to touch, though).
Thanks to a lower basement position, the 500’s annoying ‘perched’ active acquaintance is gone and there’s affluence of allowance up front. Rear bench cartage up to six-foot won’t be too awkward either due to acceptable levels of knee and arch room, but the 500X is no load-lugger. The car’s ample but barefaced rear end puts the 500X abaft rivals like the Renault Captur – the French crossover has 100 litres added at 455 – and the rear seats don’t bend absolutely flat. Total cossack amplitude with the seats bottomward rises to 1,000 – a added 235 litres bottomward on the Captur.
Fiat is alms the 500X with a 138bhp 1.4-litre petrol and three diesels – a 93bhp 1.3, 118bhp 1.6 and a 138bhp 2.0-litre – three transmissions including a nine-speed automated and the best of front- or four-wheel drive. We activated the front-wheel drive 1.6-litre agent in Cross trim and with a accumulated ammunition burning of about 70mpg and CO2 emissions 109g/km, it’s this car that’ll be the biggest-selling diesel.
There’s affluence of ability and the engine’s advantageous 350Nm of torque bliss in low bottomward the rev range, authoritative overtaking easy. It’s aloof a abashment that the agent is a bit too blatant and, acknowledgment to actuality heavier, makes the already-hard ride alike firmer. We’d opt for the 1.4 turbo petrol that is smoother and far quieter than the agent alike if alone allotment 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km in comparison. It’s additionally £1,500 cheaper and would be added agreeable to alive with.
Curiously, the 500X is best at home on fast-flowing country lanes. There’s close anatomy control, affluence of grip, authentic but artificial-feeling council and, almighty for a Fiat up to now, a smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox. Entry-level Pop cars get 16-inch wheels, Pop Star and Cross models gets 17s and 18-inch alloys appear on Lounge and Cross Plus cars. Around town, the 500X crashes into bumps and anxiety beyond surfaces that are annihilation added than super-smooth, so the 17-inch auto are a must. Country anchorage and motorways accord a aesthetic ride though, so it’s a alloyed bag.
Prices alpha at £14,595 but to get our analysis car’s asperous look, you’ll be attractive at £18,595 for the 1.4-litre petrol or £20,095 for the 1.6-litre diesel. While the Renault Captur is cheaper to buy and the Jeep Renegade (the sister car to the 500X) bigger off-road, the 500X is arguably the best beautiful in the chic and acknowledged repackages the 500’s agreeableness in an alike added fashionable package.
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