Fiat 500X review

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25 Dec 2015 16:11 | Last updated: 10 Oct 2018 09:03

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Remember when it seemed like almost every manufacturer was clamouring to board the retro train? From mainstream brands right up to manufacturers of luxury cars, everyone seemed to have at least one olde worlde model on their books. Of course, tastes change and the retro fad faded away, at least for most brands.

But there are always a few exceptions to the rule, and one of them is the Fiat 500X. Although it looks like a 500 city car that has eaten a few too many pies, it retains enough of its little sibling's familiar and friendly face to be charming. Yet it's not a swollen 500 at all; the platform underneath and many of its oily bits are actually from a Jeep Renegade.

But unlike the Jeep, there’s no four-wheel drive option, putting it up against other road-biased small SUVs, such as the Kia StonicRenault Captur and Seat Arona. You’re also limited to petrol engines only; there's no diesel option.

If the 500X's cutesy looks are still calling your name, read on to find out what it’s like and which version is our favourite. And whichever new car you settle on, take a look at our New Car Buying section for stonking deals on this and hundreds of other cars.

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There are 3 trims available for the 500X estate. Click to see details.See all versions
Entry-level Urban models get 16in alloy wheels, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB ports and an aux-in, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirrorin...View trim
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City Cross
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 an...View trim
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We’d recommend avoiding top-spec Cross Plus trim, because although its LED headlights and sat-nav are nice additions, the 18in wheels spoil the car's ride. We’d stick to City Cross and add a couple...View trim
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