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; the big black surround that swamps the screen doesn’t help in that regard either. 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.
Pop is the most basic entry-level model and is only available with the lower-powered 1.0-litre. Connect 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.
Upgrading to Connect means that you get 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded interior materials, LED daytime running lights 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.
Cross comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, sat nav, satin chrome door handles and a rear-view camera. A new special edition for 2021 is the Fiat 500X RED edition, which gets a range of red detailing; it’s in partnership with the charity RED, which raises money to fight Covid-19 and AIDS.
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 500X 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.