We drive the latest Fiat 500X
When you think of the Fiat 500 one tends to think of a small car zipping around the streets of Rome while onlookers sip wine and slurp spaghetti. And while that may be the case, Fiat has, for a number of years, offered another 500 derivative that is more focused on lifestyle, adventure and actually being practical. It is called the 500X and we spent some time with it recently. Here is what you need to know.
What is a 500X?
The Fiat 500X is a compact crossover that brings Italian flair and charm to the highly competitive segment. With its distinctive design, comfortable interior, and capable performance, the 500X stands out as a unique and appealing option for drivers seeking a versatile and stylish vehicle that can handle a variety of driving conditions.
It sure does look good
Drawing inspiration from its iconic predecessor, the Fiat 500, the 500X incorporates retro styling cues while embracing a modern and sporty aesthetic. The rounded edges, prominent wheel arches, and signature circular headlights pay homage to the classic Fiat 500, while the sleek lines and contemporary accents give the 500X a contemporary and dynamic look. Whether cruising through city streets or venturing off the beaten path, the Fiat 500X commands attention with its distinctive presence.
What’s it like inside?
The interior is designed with both driver and passengers in mind, offering ample space for occupants to stretch out and enjoy the ride. The seats are supportive and provide a commanding view of the road, while the high-quality materials and attention to detail create an inviting and premium atmosphere. The 500X also offers a range of available features such as a panoramic sunroof, heated seats, and a user-friendly infotainment system with smartphone integration, ensuring a connected and enjoyable driving experience.
What about safety?
In terms of safety, the Fiat 500X offers a range of advanced features to provide peace of mind on the road. Standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and electronic stability control. Available driver-assistance technologies such as forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist further enhance safety and help prevent accidents. The 500X has also earned solid crash test ratings, demonstrating Fiat's commitment to occupant protection.
What’s under the bonnet?
The Fiat 500X is powered by the tried-and-tested 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which has peak outputs of 103kW and 230Nm and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The model is front-wheel driven and Fiat claims that 500X derivatives will, on average, consume 5.7L/100 km.
The 500X strikes a balance between practicality and style, making it an appealing choice for drivers who want the versatility of a crossover without sacrificing on aesthetics.
In conclusion, the Fiat 500X stands out in the crowded crossover segment with its unique design, comfortable interior, and capable performance. Whether you're drawn to its iconic Italian styling or impressed by its versatility and safety features, the 500X offers a compelling option for drivers seeking a crossover that is both practical and fun to drive.