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Road test: Fiat 500X

The 500X is the crossover version of Fiat’s popular city car and rivals both the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur in size and price. As well as boasting a comfortable interior and impressive road manners, the 500X is one of the few bulked-up 500s that manages to retain almost all of the character that made the original so popular.

The line-up is split between two distinct styles – City and Off-road – with the latter adding wheel arch cladding, rugged bumpers and underbody protection to help it survive the rigours of all-roading. City versions get sleeker bumpers and more customisation options, but both are attractive with flowing lines and curves.

Fiat has a rich history when it comes to small

all-roaders and the 500X continues this tradition with the choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The latter uses a torque on demand system to automatically manage the power between the front and rear wheels depending on conditions.

There’s a good range of engines and transmissions to choose from. The front-wheel drive versions get the best choice, with the 1.6-litre and 1.4 MultiAir petrols joined by a choice of 1.3-litre and a 120PS 1.6-litre Multijet diesels. Four-wheel drive is available with 140PS 2.0-litre Multijet diesel and 170PS 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol.

All the engines work well and even the smallest petrols pull strongly, linked to short shifting six-speed manual gearbox. Officially the 1.3 Multijet is the most efficient, returning more than 60mpg and emitting 107g/km of CO2.

Like Fiat’s retro city car, the 500X is easy to drive and comfortable over long trips, with well-bolstered seats and an intelligent and colourful interior. The ride is smooth, absorbing most of the lumps and bumps in the road, although things can get a bit uncomfortable with the optional 18-inch wheels that have a tendency to judder over potholes.

The Fiat 500X is available with a broad range of engines and transmissions, including a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The 500X has been engineered to strike the optimal balance of handling and comfort that the segment demands, while the latest active safety systems are available to assist the driver, including front headlights with DRLs; front fog lights with adaptive cornering; sophisticated ESC (Electronic Stability Control); Lane Assist (lane departure warning system) and Blind Spot Assist (lane change assistance system). A ParkView reversing camera is also available in the new 500X, as is the “Brake Control” assisted braking system.

Even the driving experience can be personalised and adapted, depending on how the new FIAT 500X is being driven and the prevailing driving conditions. The “Drive Mood Selector” has three different modes for engine, brakes, steering and gearbox/transmission settings: “Auto” offers the best compromise in terms of comfort, consumption and CO2emissions while “Sport” reconfigures the 500X for better performance and more spirited handling. “All Weather” adjusts the vehicle settings for maximum safety even in low grip conditions.

On the more rugged version of the 500X, “All Weather” mode is replaced by the “Traction” function, which speeds up the transmission of torque to the rear axle on four-wheel drive versions or activates the “Traction Plus” control system on front wheel drive versions, the latter offering an ideal solution to drivers who only encounter extreme low-traction situations occasionally, thereby avoiding the additional costs and slight emissions increase associated with a conventional four-wheel drive system.

The engine range of the new 500X comprises four petrol engines and three diesels: Front-wheel drive, petrol-powered models are either equipped with a 110PS, 1.6-litre engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 140PS, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed twin-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive petrol models, which are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, are powered either by a 170PS, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II engine or the 184PS, 2.4-litre Tigershark engine.

The front-wheel drive diesel range consists of the 95PS, 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox and the 120PS 1.6-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive diesel option is the 140PS, 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, which will be available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. All engine and transmission versions will be offered in the UK, with the exception of the 2.4-litre Tigershark unit.

Designed in the Centro Stile, the new 500X is compact on the outside – measuring 4.25 metres in length, 1.80 metres in width and 1.60 metres in height (1.61 with roof bars, cialis sans ordonnance en pharmacie en france 1.62 with 4WD) – while spacious and inviting on the inside, with extensive use of high-grade materials, top-quality finishes and practical storage compartments – including a spacious 350 litre luggage compartment. The seats adjust to offer a high degree of flexibility and seven different interior fabric, leather and colour configurations are available, depending on the model and exterior colour.

A new Uconnect Live system also allows customers – through integration with their smartphones – to use many apps on the on-board system so that they can always be in contact with their friends on Facebook and Twitter; listen to millions of music tracks on Deezer and more than 100,000 radio stations with TuneIn; get real-time news updates from Reuters and get the latest traffic, safety camera and weather information from the TomTom Live service.

A pretty good all-round package from Fiat. With a starting price tag of £14,295 for the city-look and £19,065 for the off road look, this isn’t a bad choice at all.

Review by

Michael Sikala

The 500X is the crossover version of Fiat's popular city car and rivals both the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur in size and price. As well as boasting a comfortable interior and impressive road manners, the 500X is one of the few bulked-up 500s that manages to retain almost all of…
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