Fiat 500X

The 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.


Fiat 500X Motability car boot

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.


The 500X comes in two versions. Urban and Cross Look, Urban versions come with 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, electric windows, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, air conditioning and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay /Android Auto and traffic-sign recognition. Within the Cross Look there are three variants, City Cross trim has chunkier front and rear bumpers, fog lights, 17 inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, height-adjustable driver’s seat and a body-coloured dashboard. Cross Plus adds 18 inch Alloy wheels, reversing camera, climate control and LED headlights. S-Design cars have black roof bars, boot lid trim, door handles and alloy wheels, inside the dashboard is also black, S-design cars are also have their own colour range, the metallic green is very nice (Pictured) Sport trim has lower suspension and more aggressive styling giving it a sportier look than the rest of the 500X Urban range, you also have twin exhaust pipes, sat nav to the 7 inch touchscreen, automatic air conditioning, cruise control and rear parking sensors.


Fiat 500X Motability Car side cut awayThe new FireFly petrol engines are a great improvement over the old 1.6 litre petrol. 1.0 and 1.3 litres in size, the 1.0 litre 3 cylinder turbo produces 118bhp and can reach 62 mph in 10.9 seconds, top speed 117mph, economy is 46.3 mpg. The four cylinder 1.3 petrol pushes out 148 bhp and is a six-speed automatic only and returns 44.1  mpg, 0-62 time is 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 124mph, there are reports that this gearbox is slow to react, blunting acceleration, you must test drive this engine prior to ordering.

Prices have been fluctuating, increasing by up to £1200 in Q3 2021 and a further £950 -£1200 in Q4 2021 only to be reduced by up to £850 in Q1 2022 and then increased this quarter by £1000.

Spring Best Buy – Fiat 500X 1.0 petrol (118bhp) petrol ‘Cross’  Manual   –  £1995 Advance Payment (£832 wpms)  (add £300 for Sport trim)

Spring Best Buy – Fiat 500X 1.3 petrol (148bhp) petrol ‘Cross’  Auto   –  £3245 Advance Payment (£2032 wpms) (add £150 for Sport trim)