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10 things we learned about the Fiat 500X

Date: 13 November 2015   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Rufty-tufty looks for Fiat's pint pot off-roader, but does the 500X Cross tick the right boxes?
Category: Crossover
Key rival: Mini Countryman
Model tested: 500X Cross 1.6 MultiJet II 120
Price as tested: £20,095

1: It may be a small fuel tank at 48 litres, but the 500X easily manages 400 motorway miles to each fill.

2: Its compact crossover dimensions are not evident from the raised driver's seat, giving the 500X good forward vision.

3: Experience shows this 1.6 diesel is the best of the bunch and it feels flexible and refined.

4: The satin finish of some of the interior trim, which is meant to look like cast iron, just looks like it's crumpled in the sun.

5: Why does Fiat persist with a backrest angle adjustment that needs the driver to use body weight to move the seat back? Awful.

6: I like the decent boot space, but I'm not so keen on the drop to the load floor that makes lifting out heavy bags a chore.

7: Big buttons and clear information on the touchscreen makes it Etch A Sketch-simple to use when driving.

8: Rear seat space is good, and better than a Vauxhall Mokka's, but narrow entrance for feet can catch your toes.

9: The electric parking brake sometimes releases as I drive off and other times stays on for an embarrassing lurch.

10: A lot of comments about how the X is not a proper Fiat 500. Should Fiat have called it something else?