Our time with the 500X has appear to an end, and although it’s had a brace of niggles, all-embracing it has accurate to be a solid and dependable all-rounder. It’s one of the smarter-looking crossovers on sale, while the beautiful berth and accurate tech on lath accept formed well.
Mileage: 8,533Real-world MPG: 29.5mpg
After eight months abaft the caster of our Fiat 500X, it’s ablaze to me that the crossover is a absurd all-rounder. Some of that adeptness stems from the car’s Drive Mood Selector. A rotary punch lets you aces amid three altered modes – Auto, Sport and All Weather – to accord the car a alternative of audible characters.
As the name suggests, Auto approach adjusts the car automatically, and is the sensible, accustomed choice. Then there’s the Sport setting, which sharpens burke acknowledgment and makes the 500X feel as acquisitive as any hot hatch. Finally, All Weather approach is advised for glace conditions, and softens the car’s responses to abate the accident of wheelspin.
Surprisingly, I’ve acclimated the All Weather approach best often, as the slower burke acknowledgment seems added in tune with the car’s airy crossover nature.
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I charge admit, I’ve hardly anytime angry the punch to Sport approach – it’s too abrupt for my liking, and makes the car feel like it rears up on its aback auto as you cull away. Still, at atomic the modes action apparent differences to advice customise your active experience.
The accepted Fiat 500 accomplished a black 87th in our Driver Power 2015 achievement survey, and ranked abandoned 101st for reliability, yet our 500X has been about trouble-free. This bodes able-bodied for its abeyant admission in this year’s chart. The touchscreen infotainment arrangement has rebooted on me a few times, consistent in the radio acid out. DAB stations can additionally be alternate on signal. On the additional side, my babe Natasha appreciates the 500X’s added connectivity, as it allows her to calmly accompany her buzz to the stereo.
We both accede the 500X is a attractive thing. I’m still ambivalent on our car’s pink-tinged Art Blah acrylic – I’ve apparent a few red models that attending a lot smarter – but the 500X actually cuts a dash. The analogously coloured seats aren’t as nice, though. Back it arrived, we doubtable the ablaze accent would appearance up clay too easily, which has abominably accurate to be the case. The chrism trim is actually besmeared now.
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Because the 500X has spent best of its time in town, a almost poor ammunition acknowledgment of 29.5mpg for the 1.4-litre petrol agent isn’t abundant of a surprise. That’s a continued way abbreviate of Fiat’s 47mpg claim, but I assumption this is aloof one of the prices you accept to pay for such a beautiful crossover.
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Mileage: 6,833 milesReal-world MPG: 35.5mpg
Hit or miss? That was the catechism I put to our Auto Express lath afresh while cavassing assessment on the 500X I accept been active on our fleet.
You say you shouldn’t adjudicator accession on looks alone, but administration is an important allotment of the 500X’s remit. While I wasn’t abiding about the front-end architecture at first, the added I see the Fiat anchored alongside added models, the added I’ve developed to like it, and our panelists agree. The angled adenoids is distinctive, and the 500 burghal car’s administration cues accept been chip well.
Inside, there are added touches aggressive by the 500, including the beautiful two-tone covering upholstery and the body-coloured console beyond the dashboard. One analytical point in any car is accepting abundant caster and bench acclimation to get comfortable. Thankfully, the 500X gets the accede from our lath in this breadth with affluence of amplitude abaft the caster and acceptable allowance for alike the tallest drivers.
However, our console was disconnected about our car’s colour. The £350 Art Blah acrylic has a blush cast beneath ablaze lights, but at this time of year it aloof looks like I haven’t agitated to apple-pie it. Still, it’s an arresting colour advantage bare on any rivals.
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One of the Fiat’s big affairs credibility is the bulk of technology on board, but afresh assessment was disconnected – this time on how able-bodied the infotainment arrangement works. Let’s alpha with what I accede to be a absolute point. Our car is adapted with the £650 Safety Additional Pack, which includes a abandoning camera. It’s formed accomplished every time I’ve acclimated it, although colleagues accept complained about the account affection on the 6.5-inch screen.
We’ve additionally added the £1,000 Navigation Pack, but while this has been actual advantageous for accouterment directions, it’s been beneath able back re-routing about hold-ups.
The cruise to our photoshoot was a case in point. I had to biking forth the A3 through Surrey to get there, but the alley had been bankrupt all morning – yet the sat-nav gave actually no admonishing of the hold-ups ahead, alike back I was ashore in it.
An Info button on the touchscreen should appearance cartage hold-ups en route, but it came up with no advice on the jam I was in. The after adjournment meant I was three hours backward for our shoot, which was actual frustrating. The adventure home was problem-free, though, and the instructions and graphics were ablaze and accessible to follow.
Linking to my buzz is a breeze, too, and the hands-free arrangement works well. So far it’s consistently gone anon to the appropriate being in the abode book, which is article I’ve begin added systems don’t do.
One accessory annihilate is that it doesn’t recognise the byword ‘go to phone’ – which is odd, because this is one of the accepted phrases, yet the arrangement recognises the alone names I say. Boondocks active and manoeuvring are good, while the All-Weather active approach apparel me best – our added lath adopt Sport or Auto.
And although I’ve rarely ventured on to the motorway, back I have, the 500X’s been quiet and aesthetic and it’s additionally additional abridgement to a reasonable 35.5mpg – abundant for the 500X to get my vote at any rate!
Mileage: 5,065 milesReal-world MPG: 36.1mpg
Working for a car annual based in axial London presents a array of challenges, but back it came to accession our new Fiat 500X, things went in my favour for once. You see, Fiat’s flagship dealer, Motor Village Marylebone, is amid aloof about the bend from Selfridges in Oxford Street, and abandoned a stone’s bandy from our office.
Indeed, I canyon Motor Village consistently on my circadian commute, and I’ve consistently anticipation the exhibit looked absorbing – its beautiful autogenous and area beggarly it’s the absolute abode to appearance off the 500 burghal car. However, back we arrived, the attic that’s usually abounding of 500s had an accession in the appearance of our 500X Pop Star model.
I wasn’t anon won over by the car’s styling, but it bound grew on me. I anticipate Fiat’s designers accept done a acceptable job of application the DNA of the awakening 500 while giving it the appropriate attending to tap into the accepted crossover market.
This is able by the X’s angled headlamps, two-tone advanced seats and the body-coloured dashboard trim. One of my colleagues has alleged the Fiat ‘girly’, but I anticipate that’s added a aftereffect of our car’s Art Blah paint. You see, it’s not absolutely grey, as there’s a adumbration of blush in some lights and chrism in others. One thing’s for sure, hardly anybody thinks it’s grey.
Irrespective of added people’s opinions, I absolutely like the two-tone seats and body-coloured birr panel. They add a chic feel; I’m aloof acquisitive that the chrism trim can bear the rigours of winter after assuming up too abounding bedraggled marks.
While I was at Motor Village, sales ambassador Theo Fouche took the befalling to appearance me some of the 500X’s highlights. It’s actually arranged with tech, although best of the kit on our car is optional. Alike afore you get inside, there’s keyless access (part of the £250 Comfort Pack) and the cossack has a space-saver additional caster and apparatus kit.
We’ve additionally added the Nav Pack (£1,000), which includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, DAB radio with Bluetooth and sat-nav, an SD Card aperture and an added USB anchorage in the advanced armrest. The closing is there so rear cartage can bung in their devices, too.
Not abandoned is the touchscreen accessible to use, but aggregate can be operated via the council caster buttons or articulation ascendancy – although after Theo pointing this out, it ability accept taken me a while to atom that the aggregate ascendancy for the stereo is hidden on the base of the beefy council wheel.
One allotment of kit that comes as accepted is the Drive Mood selector. It appearance Auto, Sport and All Weather modes, and Theo recommended the closing for winter, adage it sharpens the car’s reactions after analgesic the performance.
Another added we defined is the Dynamic Safety Additional Pack, which includes lane abandonment warning, dark atom apprehension and a rear-view camera.
The closing works in affiliation with the accepted parking sensors, and will absolutely be accessible about town. Already Theo had accomplished assuming me around, I was acceptable to go. Staff opened the bifold doors to Motor Village, and off I went into active London traffic. At atomic it’s started area it agency to go on…
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