FIAT

FIAT 500X HATCHBACK 1.3 Sport 5dr DCT

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2151 g/km

Fiat offers buyers in the small SUV segment an improved version of its characterful 500X Crossover model. It's bigger than it looks and there's a choice of efficient three and four cylinder petrol engines on offer, plus improved connectivity and a whole stack of personalisation options. You can even get a 'Dolcevita' open-topped version. If you're looking for a surefire conversation starter, you can't do a lot better.

X HITS THE SPOT

These days, every mainstream brand needs a small, trendy Crossover. Here's Fiat's take on the Juke-genre, the fashionable 500X. Jonathan Crouch reports on the revised model.

Ten Second Review

Fiat offers buyers in the small SUV segment an improved version of its characterful 500X Crossover model. It's bigger than it looks and there's a choice of efficient three and four cylinder petrol engines on offer, plus improved connectivity and a whole stack of personalisation options. You can even get a 'Dolcevita' open-topped version. If you're looking for a surefire conversation starter, you can't do a lot better.

Background

It's easy to forget that Fiat actually has a history of small 4x4 cars. The Panda 4x4 first appeared over thirty years ago and has spawned many imitators. A decade or so back, Fiat also fleshed their all-wheel drive selection out with the Sedici, essentially a rebodied Suzuki SX4, that made modest but useful sales. In 2015 though, the company decided to get really serious about the SUV 'B'-segment and launch this 500X, here usefully improved. It's based on the same running gear as Jeep's cute but capable Renegade, but is available only in front-wheel drive guise and comes in standard or open-topped 'Dolcevita' forms.

Driving Experience

Though the 500X continues to be based around Jeep Renegade underpinnings, quite a lot has changed with this car from an engineering perspective. Diesel engines are no more and you can't now get 4WD either. Instead, the range is primarily based around a latest-generation family of petrol engines - a three cylinder 1.0-litre unit (which only comes with manual transmission) and a four cylinder 1.3 (which only comes as a DCT auto). The 1.0-litre models will probably suit most customers best, this 120hp powerplant developing a more than sufficient 190Nm of pulling power and being paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. In this form, this car is impressively refined at motorway speeds. Rest to 62mph in the 1.0-litre models takes 10.9s en route to 117mph. If you go for the four cylinder 1.3-litre unit (which has 270Nm of torque), your car will feature Fiat's 6-speed dual clutch DCT automatic transmission. As before, the ride on the move remains a touch on the firm side, but this does help to restrict body movement through the corners. Steering feel is well-weighted but not especially communicative.

Design and Build

There aren't too many small Crossovers with styling that gets an almost universal vote of confidence, but we really haven't chanced upon anyone who doesn't like the 500X. Designed in-house by Fiat's Centro Stile studio, this model not only has clear links to its siblings in the current 500 family but also to the iconic 1957 original, most notably when it comes to the large circular headlamps, the brightwork on the nose and the distinctive clamshell bonnet. Changes made to this revised model are relatively minor, including restyled daytime running lights and a tail lamp design that references that of the little 500 citycar. 'Cross' models get 'SUV'-style protective skid plates. Choose the alternative 'Dolcevita' open-topped model and you get a full-length canvas folding roof which can open in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 62mph. Inside with all variants, the cabin has been lightly updated in revent times, with a body-coloured dash fascia panel. As before, there's wrap-around bolstering and arm rests placed in the centre console and on the door trims to aid relaxed cruising. If you haven't checked out a 500X since its original launch, the key change you'll probably notice is the incorporation on all model's of Fiat's latest generation 7-inch centre-dash infotainment screen. This includes the brand's 'Uconnect LIVE' features - things like music streaming with Deezer and TuneIn, news from Reuters, connected navigation from Rom Tom LIVE and the option to keep in touch with friends via Facebook Check-in and Twitter. The back seat remains pretty snug but you get a decent 350-litre luggage compartment which can be extended using the Fold&Tumble rear seats and the fold-flat front passenger seat.

Market and Model

Now that Fiat only offers this car with its more modern 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre petrol engines, prices have risen, starting at just under £21,000, but that only gets you the base 'Connect' variant. Ideally, you'd want to stretch to something plusher - there's a choice of 'Connect', 'Cross' or 'Sport' trim levels priced in a span up to around £27,000. For a premium of around £3,000, Fiat also offers an alternative 'Dolcevita' body style, which gives you a full-length electrically folding fabric roof. Across all models in the line-up, equipment is pretty comprehensive. Even the base 'Connect'-spec gets you 17-inch alloy wheels, a 'Techno' leather steering wheel, a 7-inch Uconnect centre-dash infotainment screen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring, manual air conditioning, cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition and a Lane Assist system. The 500X 'Connect' also comes with dark tinted rear windows, fog lights, LED DRLs, parking sensors and dusk and rain sensors. The 500X 'Cross' offers seats with a camouflage-patterned center panel and vinyl inserts, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and automatic air conditioning as standard. The 500X 'Sport' completes the range with 18-inch alloy wheels in burnished black, or optional 19-inch wheels, and exclusive matt Fashion grey livery. The Uconnect centre-dash infoptainment set-up fitted across the range offers real time traffic information and lane guidance, plus Google Play Music, among other music services. Furthermore, customers can stay in touch with Uconnect LIVE services. Users who download the free Uconnect LIVE app from the App Store or Google Play Store to their smartphone can fully exploit the benefits of Uconnect LIVE, including music streaming with Deezer and TuneIn, news from Reuters, plus connected navigation with TomTom LIVE. In addition, they can stay in touch with friends via Facebook check-in and Twitter.

Cost of Ownership

The market for boutique small Crossovers such as the 500X isn't anything like as price sensitive as those of other small cars and cost of ownership figures consequently come a bit further down the priorities scale. Nevertheless, the 500X utilises engines from other Fiat Group models where buyers are putting the budget under a bit more scrutiny. The unit most UK buyers will choose, the 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol, returns some decent efficiency figures; netting up to 45.6mpg on the combined cycle with emissions of up to 140g/km. For the 1.3-litre auto variant, it's up to 44.1mpg and the CO2 return best is 145g/km. You can also do your bit on the frugality side in this model, thanks to the clever 'eco:Drive LIVE' system that's built into the centre-dash infotainment screen. Fiat says it's a bit like having a personal trainer on board. This electronic coach isn't looking to fight the flab, but instead is looking to trim your figures rather than your figure; specifically those for fuel and CO2 efficiency. Earlier versions of the 'eco:Drive' system did this by monitoring your driving style, then producing a report you had to download onto a USB stick, then view on your home PC - which was all a bit nerdish. Here, it's all done with live assistance, analysing your driving in real time and making suggestions instantly displayed on the dash-mounted UConnect infotainment screen. Every model in the range is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and there's 36 months of breakdown cover included as well. Should you have a problem on a journey, you can use the 'Uconnect' infotainment system to contact roadside assistance and the same set-up can also be used to book routine services.

Summary

The 500X hasn't sold as well as it should have for Fiat, but there's still time for the Italian brand to turn that around. The package of changes visited upon this revised model should help. The slow-selling diesel and 4WD models have been dropped and buyers are now at last treated to a properly efficient range of modern petrol units. We're a little disappointed that prices are no longer quite as affordable as they once were, but what you're now getting is a far more class-competitive product that has more than a dash of Italian flair. Indeed, we continue to think that this car sets a template for how a retro-style citycar shape can be expanded into something more family-sized. In short, this car deserves a place on your small SUV shortlist.

  • Rain sensor
  • Rear wiper
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Heated rear windows with wash wipe
  • Electric front and rear windows

  • ESC including ASR, MSR, Hill Holder, ABS, EBD, ERM,DST, BAS
  • Electronic parking brake

  • lower ride height
  • Active roll mitigation

  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Gearbox controls on steering wheel
  • Lane assist with intelligent speed assist and traffic sign recognition
  • Power assist steering
  • Rear parking sensor

  • Dusk sensor
  • Stop/start system

  • 7" HD touchscreen DAB radio with bluetooth,3D navigation, Aux-in and USB in central tunnel

  • Dark grey dashboard

  • Dual chrome exhaust
  • Body coloured wheel arch extensions
  • Rear spoiler
  • Dark grey fog light surround
  • Dark grey exterior door handles
  • Dark grey tailgate handle
  • Dark grey electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Body colour bumpers and side skirting
  • Titanium grey inserts tailgate, door handles, front moulding
  • Sport Badge in silver

  • LED daytime running light and rear braking light
  • LED front fog lights
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • LED Headlights

  • Automatic dual-zone climate control system

  • Red stitching on steering wheel
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Parcel shelf
  • Auxilliary 12V power socket
  • Cooled glovebox
  • Alcantara sports steering wheel inserts
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Dark grey headliner and pillars
  • Aluminium pedal and foot rest covers
  • Alcantara instrument cluster

  • Overhead ambient surround lighting

  • 6 airbags - Front, side and window
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Height adjustable seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system

  • Seat back pockets
  • Front head restraints
  • Rear head restraints
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Immobiliser
  • Deadlocks
  • Remote central locking

  • CO2 (g/km): 128
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 151

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: SOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 70
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 86.5
  • CC: 1332

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 32.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 38.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.3

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 16E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Coin Description: N
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1850
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.1
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2025
  • Height: 1595
  • Height (including roof rails): 1603
  • Length: 4269
  • Width: 1796
  • Wheelbase: 2570

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1320
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 48
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 350
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1000
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.05

  • Cruise control: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £0
  • Parkview rear parking camera: Included

  • 3.5" Colour TFT: Included

  • Hifi by beats audio system: £700

  • Bicolour metallic paint: £900
  • Bicolour special paint: £700
  • Special solid paint: £350
  • Metallic paint: £550
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Electric sunroof: £950
  • Matt paint: £800

  • Second row usb ports: £0
  • Cargo Magic Space - reconfigurable boot space: £60
  • Front armrest with storage compartment: Included
  • Specific sport half techno leather interior: Included

  • City and Safety Pack - 500X: £700
  • City and Safety Plus Pack - 500X: £1,000
  • City pack with front parking sensors - 500X: £300
  • Leather pack with rear door panel insert - 500X: £850
  • Winter pack with heated seats - 500X: £400
  • Comfort pack - 500X Sport: £250
  • Electric comfort pack - 500X Sport: £550
  • Tech-X Pack - 500X Sport: £550

  • Metallic - Italia blue: £550
  • Metallic - Fashion grey: £550

  • Solid - Cinema black: £0

  • Bicolour special - Ice white: £700
  • Bicolour special - Sporty red: £700
  • Bicolour metallic - Fashion grey: £900
  • Bicolour metallic - Italia blue: £900
  • Special solid - Sporty red: £350
  • Special solid - Ice white: £350
  • Matt - Fashion Grey: £800

  • 3rd Rear head restraint: £55

  • Leather pack - Black with ivory piping: £850
  • Leather pack - Brown with ivory piping: £850

  • Specific sport half techno leather - Grey/Black: £0

  • 18" Alloy wheels with black finish: Included
  • 19" Alloy wheels with black finish: £350

  • Full size spare wheel: £175
  • Space saver spare wheel: £100
  • Fix and go puncture repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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