More than good enough for most, but not best in class
The Fiat has a seat that slides a long way back if you need it to, leaving more legroom than most rivals, while the high roof means tall owners will still have room to spare. Only a Citroen C4 Cactus or a Skoda Yeti offer more room up front for drivers. Access is good, with the high roof, raised seating position and fairly broad door openings making it easy to slide in without having to bend too much.
There are plenty of cubbies around the 500X’s cabin, too, with a chilled glovebox standard on all, a shallow dish ideal for a phone just ahead of the gearlever, and two fixed cupholders further back between the front two seats. If you add the comfort pack, with its front centre armrest, that adds another shallow storage area. The doorbins are big enough to store a 1.0-litre bottle, but while the opening is wide and ideally shaped for a bottle, it doesn’t extend very far down the door, so isn’t so good for laying longer items on their side.
Fiat 500X rear space
Room enough even for adults, but there are bigger rivals
There’s ample leg- and headroom in the back of Fiat’s baby SUV, so two normal-sized adults will be comfortable enough for a lengthy journey. Very tall adults may find that their heads are a bit close to the ceiling, and three adults across will be cosy because the 500X has a narrower rear cabin than rivals including the usefully roomier Kia Soul. A central headrest in the back of the 500X is also optional, albeit as part of a fairly cheap ‘comfort plus’ pack that includes passenger seat height adjustment. The doorbins in the back are quite small, but will still hold a 500ml bottle, and two document pockets on the back of the front seats are standard. Access is good enough thanks to the high roofline and doors that open to almost 90-degrees, that ducking in to access child seats will be easy.
Fiat 500X seating flexibility
Fine, but nothing out of the ordinary
All 500X models come with rear seats that are split 60/40 and fold almost flat by releasing the lock on the seats’ outer shoulders. It’s a shame that there’s no extra party tricks in terms of flexibility – such as the sliding, or completely removable rear seats in a Skoda Yeti – but for mildly heavy family use, the 500X will still do the job. If you’ve added the adjustable boot floor.
Front passengers get straightforward seat adjustment, but adding the well-priced comfort plus pack will bring passenger seat height adjustment as well as carpet mats and a third rear headrest.
Don’t get the five-seat only 500X model confused with the 500L, which is a separate model in the Fiat range that has a longer body and can seat seven.
Fiat 500X boot space
Not the biggest in class, but good enough
It’s not the biggest boot in the class – in fact most rivals have bigger claimed capacities, but the Fiat is comparable given the good depth and height of the boot, and the broad, square aperture also makes loading easy. Lugging a set of golf clubs or a buggy into the back won’t be a problem, although there is a step down to the boot floor over the lip, and another up to the folded seat back. Adding the adjustable-height boot floor solves this; it’s part of the affordable comfort pack on the lower two trims (we’d say it’s an essential extra), or standard on Lounge and Cross Plus models.