Keep it cheap and the 500X is a decent choice; it's stylish, fairly practical and quite classy inside. That said, a Seat Arona or Kia Stonic offer a better driving experience and a more complete all-round package.read the full model review
Mid-range City Cross gets the better 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, tougher off-roader inspired exterior styling, 17in alloys, a 3.5in colour screen between the instrument dials, climate control and rear parking sensors. Crucially, you can also select automatic emergency braking as an option.
If you want this most powerful engine, you’re stuck with a six-speed automatic gearbox that’s frustratingly dimwitted. It’s a shame, because this engine has plenty of punch and is smooth.