Fiat 500X (2015 -) Comfort

Review by Debbie Wood on
Last Updated: 23 Oct 2015
4
Trying to gain traction in the small car market requires not one model, but a whole family - which is why the new Fiat 500X has been added to the successful (and retro) 500 range of Fiat's superminis. This third distinct model in the 500 line, after 500C and 500L, boasts rugged looks and is set to take on the MINI Countryman and closely related Jeep Renegade at their own game.

4 out of 5

Comfort

Fiat 500X comfort levels are very good thanks to comfortable seats and its smooth ride.

We tested the new Fiat 500X on European roads so we will have to wait and see if it fares as well here in the UK, but we generally found the ride quality to be smooth. The suspension for the two-wheel drive models was soft, making easy work of bumps and dips in the roads, though the 4X4 Cross and Cross Plus versions are a little on the firm side though.

Wind noise is kept to a minimum in the cabin and there is little road noise to be heard while on the move. Also the 2.0-litre diesel engine can be a little noisy when accelerating but on the whole we have been impressed with how refined both the petrol and diesel options are.

The cabin is light and airy and comes with plenty of features designed to make life easier and more comfortable while on the road, we are particular fans of the electronically adjustable leather seats available on some trims, which proved particularly comfortable.

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

Fiat 500X practicality is impressive with plenty of head and legroom on offer to stretch out on longer journeys. Although not as spacious as some other bigger SUV’s, for its class the Fiat 500X is very good indeed with enough room for four adults to sit in comfort.

The boot is a fair size too with 350-litres available, the same as the MINI Countryman, which is easily big enough for the weekly shop or a couple of medium sized suitcases, the rear seats collapse down easily too in a 60/40 format expanding boot volume to 1000-litres.

There is an optional split floor for the boot which is reversible and height adjustable, meaning you can securely store your more valuable items while on the move.

Plus there are plenty of cubbies to place your personal items like your smartphone, wallet and keys as well as a useful dual glove compartment with two separate areas to store items. Cup holders complete the look.

Depending on trim the front centre armrest can also be equipped with a handy storage compartment. In the back there are nets behind the rear seats and various cubbies to store items too.

If you’re looking for a car with towing capabilities then the Fiat 500X should be able to fulfil some of your requirements, coming complete with a maximum braked weight of 1,200kg. That should be enough for a trailer when moving house or a trip to the tip, though not enough for most caravans or horseboxes.

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How does the boot space compare?

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5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Slip behind the wheel of the new Fiat 500X and you will be greeted by a quirky, exciting and cheerful cabin.

This is a grown up version of the 500 hatchback so some of the more retro touches found in the 500C are side-lined in favour of a practical and high quality interior. It may be a little too reserved for some of the Fiat 500’s biggest fans but we think the compact SUV hits the balance perfectly between comfort, practicality and fun.

The dashboard is uncluttered and easy to navigate around and the attention to detail and quality of materials used around the cabin is excellent.

Simplicity is the name of the game here and the infotainment system is easy to use, as is the trip computer and the sat-nav too. Fiat’s U-Connect infotainment system (standard from Pop Star) has all the kit available, either as an option or standard, you need to make life easy on the road including Bluetooth, DAB radio and sat-nav navigation. It’s operated via the touch screen, steering wheel remote controls and voice command system.

We think the five-inch multimedia screen in Pop Star and Cross models is a little too small though and it would be worth upgrading to the 6.5-inch screen (standard on Lounge and Cross Plus).

The electronically-adjustable seats will help you to find a comfortable driving position and the numerous practical storage options surrounding the driver’s seat make it easy to store and have easy access to all of your personal items on the move.