out on the road the Fiat 500X makes good progress, we did not feel...
Introduced in April 2015 the 500X is Fiat’s answer to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. It may share the 500 family name but bar some physical resemblance it does not share much else.
It takes the styling of an SUV and the attributes of a hatchback combining them into a crossover for the modern family.
There is a choice of City Look or Off Road Look with the later being available with the option of 4x2 with Traction Plus or 4x4 drive and limited off-road protection. Prices currently start at £13,995 for the City Look editions and £18,595 for the Off Road Look.
If you really do not need a four wheel drive the front wheel drive only City Look makes a lot more sense as it is cheaper to buy. If you are looking towards a 4x4 then it is worth mentioning that the Jeep Renegade is pretty much the same car underneath but a little bit more competent off-road.
What we tested
We tested the Diesel Fiat 500X 1.6 MultiJet 120hp Pop Star with a base price of £20,995 with the extras it weighed in at £22,045. The extras included Metallic Paint at £500 (Venezia Blue), Comfort Pack £250, Comfort Pack Plus £100, Visibility Pack £200, Dynamic Safety Plus £650 and the Nav Pack at £1,000.
Driving and Performance
The City Look editions are available with a choice of six transmissions/engines options, four petrol and two diesels. The petrol options are 1.4 MultiAir II 140 hp, 1.4 MultiAir II 140 hp, DDCT 1.6 e-Torq 110hp, 1.6 e-Torq 110 hp Start&Stop. And on the diesel front there are the 1.3 MultiJet II 95 hp and 1.6 MultiJet II 120 hp. The transmission options are manual and semi-automatic (DDCT).
The Off Road Look models are available with the petrol 1.4 MultiAir 140hp, 1.4 MultiAir II 140 hp DDCT and 1.4 MultiAir II 170 hp AWD Automatic and the diesel 1.6 MultiJet II 120 hp, 2.0 MultiJetII 140 hp AWD and 2.0 MultiJetII140 hp AWD Automatic.
We tested the best selling Euro6 compliant diesel 1.6 MultiJet 120hp with a six-speed manual gearbox, 120hp is on tap at 3,750 rpm, with 320 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. The gearbox is a joy to use offering seamless changes.
Fiat quotes a 0-62 mph time of 10.5 seconds and a respectable top speed of 116 mph, which is a little quicker than a comparable Nissan Juke.
The official NEDC fuel data is 60.1 mpg Urban, Extra-Urban 74.3 mpg and a combined figure of 68.9 mpg with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km.
We achieved 42.1 mpg during our test week with the car which was over a mixed urban and country route with an average speed of 23 mph.
We found the electric power steering overly assisted, this can be improved slightly by the use of the ‘Drive Mood’ selector - which select three drive modes, automatic is the standard option, all-weather improves front wheel grip on the 4x2 City Look models, where the sport mode sharpens up the throttle and steering responses – which would be our default mode, if it did not have some impact on the fuel consumption.
Out on the road the Fiat 500X makes good progress, we did not feel we wanted more power even when tackling demanding hilly roads down here in Devon. As long as you are sensible it can make reasonable progress along ‘B’ roads, remaining balanced with body-roll kept in check, it is not going to excite or disappoint.
The ride is not too bad if you steer away from the larger wheel options.
The 500X 1.6 MultiJet 120hp along with other editions does come with stop/start technology but it can be a bit of hindrance during certain situations but it can be switched off should you choose.