Fiat 500X

Fiat 500X Motability CarThe Fiat 500x is the latest brand extension to the delightful super mini and iconic Fiat 500, this latest car takes all the curves and friendly face from the original and sizes it up into a practical family small SUV, it really is a peach of a car, better looking than all the competition and has inherited its smaller siblings personality too. Fiat has spent $1 billion building a new factory to produce this car so while it may not hit the sales in this country it deserves it will be a car that sells in huge numbers across Mainland Europe and beyond, we have long memories with regard to cars in this Country and the Fix It Again Tomorrow tag has undeservedly stuck to the brand.


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The 500x is longer and wider than its competitors but only offers 350 litres of luggage space, the same as the Nissan Juke and 27 less than a Renault Captur and to give you an idea of where the 500x is targeting its market that is 80 litres less than a Nissan Qashqai. The driving position in the 500x is commanding but seating is not as upright as one would expect and the seats are a little firm for long journeys, but the 500x drives brilliantly, soaking up the bumps and the handling is surprisingly sharp. Rear room for two adults up to six foot is excellent and the large windows give good amounts of light into the cabin.


Fiat 500x motability car cut awayThe 500X comes in two versions. City and Off Road, City versions get smoother, sportier-looking front and rear bumpers, while the Off Road models have a more rugged appearance thanks to chunkier bumpers, visible underbody protection and roof rails. City models are Pop Star and Lounge and the Off Road models are given more commanding names in Cross and Cross Plus. All models have as standard a 5″ touch screen radio and bluetooth streaming audio unit, all round electric windows, rear parking sensors, climate control, cruise control and 17″ alloys, the Lounge and Cross Plus modes add a built in Sat nav, Bi-Xenon headlights, 18″ alloys and keyless door opening and ignition.


Fiat 500X Motability Car side cut awayFour engine options are available a 1.4 litre turbo petrol, a 1.6 litre petrol, a 1.6 multi jet diesel and a 2.0 litre diesel with a 9 speed automatic gearbox that gives four wheel drive to the Off Road models which are very expensive and not a realistic option. The six speed manual or Dual Clutch auto 1.4 litre petrol is the perfect all rounder with 140bhp at its disposal it can really make the 500x shift, 0-62 can be achieved in 9.8 seconds and the top speed is 118 miles per hour, power delivery is smooth and the engine has advantage of making a sweet growl under acceleration, economy is ok at 47.1 miles per gallon combined. The six speed manual 1.6 litre 120bhp diesel can return 68.9 mpg and reach 62 in 10.5 seconds but it does lack the charm of the throaty 1.4 petrol unit. The entry level engine is the 1.6 petrol offering a lowly 44.1 miles per gallon from its 108bhp, performance of 0-62 in 11.5 seconds with a top speed of 112 mph.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Fiat 500X 1.4 petrol (138bhp) petrol ‘Pop Star’  Manual   –  Nil Advance Payment (£60.81 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Fiat 500X 1.4 petrol (138bhp) petrol ‘Pop Star’  Auto   –  £195 Advance Payment (£62.10 wpms)