10 things we learned about the Fiat 500X
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?
|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?