New Fiat 500X 2018 overview
Since 2015, considered one of these bigger choices has been 500X crossover. Although solely an offcut in comparison with the gross sales success of the common 500, it’s nonetheless an necessary automotive for Fiat, contributing a commendable quantity to whole gross sales of 360,000 globally for the 500 household final yr. Right here, we drive the facelifted automotive for the primary time.
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Although technically a B-segment automotive, it stays a crossover sandwiched between the 2 established lessons. At 4,248mm nostril to tail it’s longer than the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, however stays noticeably smaller than the Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008. The sloping roofline cuts into headroom, and the 350-litre boot is smaller than you’ll discover in a SEAT Arona.
The 500X’s design modifications are few and much between, with just some very minor alterations of the entrance and rear bumpers on each City and Cross-badged fashions. LED headlight and tail-light clusters at the moment are obtainable, too.
The inside stays vibrant and retro-inspired, utilizing physique colored gloss plastics for the dashboard surfacing. Contemporary inside finishes are supplied, plus a brand new steering wheel and revised devices, and whereas the infotainment display screen stays the slightly fuzzy seven-inch unit discovered within the previous automotive, it’s now complemented with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as commonplace.
Driver help options have been expanded to convey the 500X updated. Site visitors signal recognition and lane maintain help are outfitted on all fashions. Blind spot detection, computerized emergency braking and adaptive cruise management may be added as choices.
The massive information is discovered underneath the bonnet; the diesels have been discontinued, changed by a pair of recent petrol engines. The brand new 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre ‘Firefly’ engines are the identical all-aluminium items discovered within the up to date Jeep Renegade.
The 1.0-litre engine received’t be obtainable within the entry-level City automotive pictured right here, as an alternative it’s reserved for the marginally pricier Metropolis Cross mannequin. Whereas it felt somewhat strained within the heavier, boxier Renegade, it feels way more at house within the sleeker Fiat 500X. In actual fact, it’s our choose of the up to date vary.
It’s on no account quick, however with 118bhp on faucet it’s actually highly effective sufficient to stay quiet at motorway cruising speeds. It boasts sufficient torque to make sure overtakes aren’t sophisticated, and whereas a six-speed guide gearbox is your solely possibility, that’s on no account dangerous information. The six-speed computerized outfitted elsewhere within the 500X vary isn’t all that intelligent, and stays one to keep away from.
Elsewhere, the 500X’s steering stays suitably constructive and chimes nicely with the first rate quantity of grip and physique management supplied. It’s not as enjoyable as a Mazda CX-3, however it’s a crossover in which you’ll develop a good quantity of confidence on twistier roads. Journey high quality stays somewhat brittle on tough surfaces, however by and huge the 500X is comfy.
Mixed gas financial system of 47.1mpg formally pegs it barely behind Volkswagen Group crossovers for frugality, and emissions of 139g/km CO2 are excessive for a 1.0-litre automotive. As such, whereas the brand new 1.0-litre engine actually improves the general bundle, the 500X nonetheless received’t be the most cost effective choice to run.
Nonetheless, aggressive pricing and tempting zero per cent finance offers imply it shouldn’t be too costly to purchase.