Fiat 500X SUV - Interior & comfort
Stylish retro touches give the Fiat 500X a distinctive cabin, while it’s also comfortable and pretty well-equipped
Like most high-riding crossovers, the Fiat 500X is comfortable and spacious inside, but you don’t feel like you're perched on top of it and the well controlled body lean means passengers aren't thrown around when you tackle a corner. Despite the snugger, sportier driving position, you still get a great view all round from the driver's seat, making the 500X easy to drive in town.
Although not abandoning the 500's traditional retro style, the 500X's dashboard is now rather more up-to-date than it used to be. The layout is largely unchanged, but materials are vastly improved, while the dials are clearer and better positioned than in earlier cars.
Fiat 500X dashboard
A large, coloured plastic insert stretches across the 500X's dashboard, which is dominated by a seven-inch colour Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system. It boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto among its features, yet still feels a little dated compared to systems in rival cars. It's easy to use, though, and Fiat's latest 3D mapping is available on models with sat nav.
The overall look and feel is chunky and solid, with soft, textured materials being used on the door pulls and elsewhere inside. Despite the funky retro nature of the dashboard, Fiat hasn't forgotten about usability and all the controls are where you'd expect them to be.
Urban is the most basic entry-level model and is only available with the lower-powered 1.0-litre. Lounge is a more realistic starting point for most buyers, offering you a choice of a manual 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine or an automatic 1.3-litre petrol, plus more standard equipment.
Urban includes essentials like air-conditioning, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels and the seven-inch Uconnect system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Upgrading to Lounge means that you get front and rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded interior materials, dual-zone climate control, plus rain and light sensors. We think this paired with the 1.0-litre engine represents the sweet spot of the range, giving you plenty of kit for a reasonable price.
City Cross comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, upgraded interior materials, cornering fog lights, body-coloured door mirrors, satin chrome door handles and rear parking sensors .
The 500X Cross Plus is designed to be more rugged and better suited to light off-roading than the rest of the range. It comes with a system called Traction+ to offer better grip on slippery surfaces. The Cross Plus sports everything the City Cross does, plus full LED headlights, LED fog lights, roof rails, 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, sat nav and rear parking camera.
The range-topping 500X Sport adds black 18-inch alloy wheels, a dual chrome exhaust, puddle lights, ambient lighting, a flat-bottomed Alcantara steering wheel, a dark grey dashboard, half leather imitation upholstery, sportier bumpers, side skirts, and titanium grey scattered on the exterior door handles, front moulding and boot lid.
Options for the Urban model include an upgraded stereo made by Beats Audio, an electric sunroof, rear parking sensors and tinted rear windows.
Each trim level in the 500X can be ordered with a number of packs that bundle together options that Fiat thinks buyers will want. The City Pack, for example, includes front and rear parking sensors and the rear parking camera.
Other packs are called Comfort, Electric Comfort, Winter, Tech-X, City & Safety, City & Safety Plus Pack, Style, LED, and Leather, with prices ranging between £150 and £1,000.