The Fiat 500X is a medium sized family car that has flexible storage in the trunk together with a spacious interior. A clever design and choice of the engine make this a top pick for this category of car.
Fiat 500X is the Small Car that's Grown Up
If you're searching for a small SUV or crossover but don't want to sacrifice style, take a look at the Fiat 500X. The curvy beauty of the smaller Fiat 500 has been extended to create more space while still keeping the same distinctive design.
In keeping with other models in its showrooms, Fiat accommodates both fans of gas and diesel engines with the 500X. Using turbocharging to provide power without hurting fuel economy, there's a range of different engines to choose from.
These start with the 1.4-litre Multiair which produces 140 horsepower, moving onto the more powerful four-wheel drive version with an automatic transmission which offers 170 horsepower. There are three main diesel engines: 1.3, 1.6 and 2.0 litres, providing 95, 120 and 140 horsepower respectively. The 1.6 is also available in gas with a six-speed manual transmission.
Travel in Comfort and Style
Despite its larger size, the 500X isn't the biggest car in its category. Nevertheless, there should still be room in the trunk to accommodate enough luggage for the family with a capacity of 350 litres. If you fold down the rear seats, the load can be increased to 1000 litres. This larger area is enhanced by the ability to vary the floor level of the trunk as well as a wide opening.
The interior of the 500X is soft and comforting, with a high class yet modern appeal. There are no cheap plastic materials here, with soft and textured finishes instead being used across the doors and the dash.
On the higher trims, there's an LED screen on the dash which incorporates the communication and entertainment for the car. The features and accessories vary significantly across the range so what you get very much depends on your budget. However, some of the possible extras include climate control, front fog lights, tinted windows, alloy wheels and a larger LED screen.
A Decent Safety Performance
Fiat isn't particularly renowned for packing its cars full of safety features but if you've driven one in the past and been unimpressed, now is the time to give them another try.
This time around there's a decent list of safety features packed in as standard including ABS, an electronic stability system, hill-start assistance, an anti-roll system and tire pressure monitoring.
You can enhance the safety even further by adding a special pack which includes cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring and a rear camera for parking.
The Fiat 500X is the Italian car that's grown up with classic yet contemporary design, elegant finishing and combined with variable storage, it's one to fall in love with.