Fiat 500X (2015 -) Safety & Reliability

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

Safety

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According to Fiat, safety was the top of the priority list when it came to designing the new Fiat 500X so as you would expect, Fiat 500X safety levels are excellent. Although the Fiat 500X is yet to be tested by EuroNCAP, we expect to see a full five star rating for the compact SUV when the new car completes its round of testing.

There’s a range of the latest advanced safety features in the new Fiat 500X. As standard you get six airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system, front fog lights, electronic parking brake, hill start assist traction control, automatic windscreen demisting, plus the latest stability control and dynamic steering system.

You can also select a range of systems as options like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Blind Spot Assist, reversing camera and rear blind spot warning system. There’s also a brand-new system called Brake Control which can intervene with emergency braking between speeds of 4mph and 120mph if the driver fails to respond to audio, visual and automatic braking alerts.

4 out of 5

Reliability

Fiat 500X reliability should prove very good with its engines mirrored in many models across the Fiat Group. These days we rarely hear of Fiat cars being recalled so we can see no reason why the new 500X will not continue this trend. Interior quality is very good and seems durable enough for everyday life, while the extra ground clearance for 4x4 models plus the special bumpers and protective skid-plates make the car well equipped to deal with the worst of the British seasons.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported

Other

No problems reported