First Review the Fiat 500X Lifestyle Crossover Makes a Splash

In Car Reviews, Fiat by Jonathan Humphrey

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The Best Fiat Ever, the phrase coined by Fiat for the International Launch of their New Global Compact Crossover.

The Fiat 500X – A new strain of DNA comes to the 500 range.

Another descendant of the iconic Fiat 500 with all the visual clues from the original. This time ‘Pumped’ to create a new appealing stylish, Italian designed and built crossover.

There really now is a Fiat 500 for everyone. A car of substance, now available in all shapes, sizes and configurations. Iconic styling and a reasonably capable softroader.

The 500X is the new compact crossover, imagine a pumped up 500, you got it. In a market covered to date by the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and one of my favourites the latest Citroen Cactus. This punchy new model is sure to carve a slice. After a couple of days with the car, clearly this is the missing link in the 500 range. Watch this enlightening video presenting the 500X to the world.

Overall, larger, plumper, higher. The car comes with a choice of 3 engines and 3 transmissions, a five or six speed manual and a 9-speed automatic with four-wheel drive.

Cool looking and appealing visual touches abound, the interior features new materials, soft to the touch, hardwearing and visually fetching. The overall interior and build quality, bring a feeling of quality and comfort with a crossover sporty edge. Hints of Italian design abound. The car will be available with a choice of seven interior configurations, Pop, Popstar and Lounge in a more metropolitan style and a ‘cross’ look for added off road appeal.

The 500X model offers many safety features, all cars are equipped with 6 airbags, ESC (electronic stability control) and fog lights with a cornering function. Dependent on trim level other options are available including a ParkView reversing camera, lane assist departure warning and blind spot assist. Start-Stop, Adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and hill start assist are also available.

At the launch we drove two of the cars, the 2.0 litre diesel 138bhp 2.0-litre MultiJet II with the 9-speed auto and four-wheel drive and the front-wheel drive, six speed, 140bhp 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir2. The latter the better value car and this model will no doubt be one of the most popular in the UK combined with e 1.6 Multi-Jet 120hp diesel. Of note in the four wheel drive configuration, Fiat have adopted a rear axle disconnection system that reduced wasted energy when four-wheels drive is not required.

The cars feature a Fiat mood control switch, giving the ability to switch between Auto, Sport and All-Weather. Auto, aids better consumption comfort and emissions, Sport, you know what that is, it just goes faster and All-Weather for maximum safety in all conditions. On the front-wheel drive models this functions as a traction plus system improving grip. The sports setting made the car altogether more peppy and fun on a open road, auto would be the preferred setting around town, or, on a run, bringing better economy and a less revvy engine.

In car connectivity includes the latest Uconnect infotainment with a 6.5” screen, simple to use and utilising the BeatAudio for great sounds. The system comes with the latest TomTom live combined with your connected smartphone the live services can be updated as you drive, although reception is terribly patchy in the UK.

A the launch we were given the opportunity to soft test the automatic models off road in 4×4 mode. The car does look the part with the extra ground clearance and increased approach and departure angles. Still an appealing soft roader, it is more than capable for a muddy trip to out of town stores or worse.

With a full choice of 12 liveries, eight designs of alloys in sizes from 16-18 inches and 100 exclusive accessories, from mirrors to decals to mouldings, cars can be created to the owners taste and style.

The Best Fiat ever, possibly with an Abarth model…The Fiat 500X will be available from 2015.

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Fiat 500X 1.4 Multi Air Manual FWD

Base Price: £TBC

Engine: 1368cc Petrol Multi Point Injection 16 valve SOHC
Transmission: 6 speed manual
Rated Output: 140hp @ 5000rpm
Torque: 230Nm @ 1750rpm
0-62mph: 9.8 seconds
Top speed: 118mph
Fuel economy urban/extra-urban/combined: 36.0/56.0/47.0 mpg
CO2 emissions: 139 g/km

Boot Capacity: 350 litres rear seats not folded
Length – 4248mm
Width – 2025mm inc mirrors
Height – 1600mm

Fiat 500X 1.6 multi Jet 120hp Manual FWD

Base Price: £TBC

Engine: 1598cc Multi Jet Diesel DOHC
Transmission: 6 speed manual
Rated Output: 120hp @ 37500rpm
Torque: 320Nm @ 1750rpm
0-62mph: 10.5 seconds
Top speed: 115mph
Fuel economy urban/extra-urban/combined: 60.0/74.0/69.0 mpg
CO2 emissions: 139 g/km

Boot Capacity: 350 litres rear seats not folded
Length – 4248mm
Width – 2025mm inc mirrors
Height – 1600mm

Fiat 500X 2Litre 140hp Automatic AWD

Base Price: £TBC

Engine: 1956cc Diesel 16 valve DOHC
Transmission: 6 speed Automatic
Rated Output: 140hp @ 4000rpm
Torque: 350Nm @ 1750rpm
0-62mph: 9.8 seconds
Top speed: 118mph
Fuel economy urban/extra-urban/combined: 43.0/58.0/51.0 mpg
CO2 emissions: 139 g/km

Boot Capacity: 350 litres rear seats not folded
Length – 4248mm
Width – 2025mm inc mirrors
Height – 1600mm  / 1608 with roof bars

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Jonathan Humphrey

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After many, many years of being passionate about cars, spending too much money on cars and too much time driving. I now spend my time running and developing and creating a bold expressive new motoring lifestyle website.

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