Avoid the entry-level Pop trim if you can, because it’s the only model that doesn’t have Bluetooth or the standard user-friendly 5.0in colour touchscreen, which responds quickly and is mostly logically laid out. The screen is a bit small, though, and to get a bigger screen in the Fiat you must upgrade to a 6.5in system complete with sat-nav, which is an expensive circa four-figure extra on most trims. Even on top-end Lounge and Cross Plus models, which get navigation as standard, you have to pay extra for the bigger screen. That’s a shame given that rivals such as the Citroen C4 Cactus and Kia Soul, and even the smaller Renault Captur, offer bigger screens with sat-nav as standard in mid-level trims. You also have to pay extra for digital radio on all Fiat 500X models; you get this as standard on plenty of budget-oriented city cars these days.
Still, all models get USB, 12V and auxiliary inputs that are positioned in a dish that’s ideal for storing your phone, and Pop trim and up also get Bluetooth handsfree and audio streaming, a multifunction steering wheel, and six speakers. A nine-speaker Beats sound system is expensive but available across the range.