What's the used Fiat 500X estate like?
If you’re a hip young thing, then the Fiat 500 is probably a car you’ve had your eye on. However, you've moved on in life and now you have responsibilities (read: children to transport around) and need something bigger. You like the style of the 500 but need the space of an SUV. So what do you? You take a look at the 500X.
The ride at town speeds on smaller wheels is rather good, managing to smooth out the bigger bumps and remaining settled over patched-up surfaces. The high-speed ride isn’t quite so good, though, and can cause the 500X to lurch over mid-corner bumps and undulations. Ultimately, it’s not a car for barrelling into corners because it leans over in to bends on its softly sprung suspension; the 500X suits a more laid-back style.
The amount of grip the 500X provides is good, meaning you can place it precisely in corners, despite the slightly vague steering. If you need to have a bit grip for some light off-road capabilities, then look for a Cross Plus model because it’ll be fitted with an active four-wheel drive system, which will be capable of dealing with odd muddy track and snow shower.
Up front, you get a decent range of adjustability with plenty of seat height adjustment. Getting the angle right is a trifle problematic because you have to release a leaver and lean forward and backwards until you get it right. It’s a less accurate method than a rotary control or electric adjustment.
Unlike the smaller 500, the 500X gets plenty of soft-touch materials inside, and fit and finish is generally good. The variety of colours and interesting design set it apart from rivals. It’s certainly more attractive than the sensible but rather plain interior of a Vauxhall Mokka.
Space up front is excellent and can only be bettered by the likes of the Citroën C4 Cactus and Skoda Yeti. Rear leg and head room are ample for two medium-sized adults and the rear doors open up to nearly 90deg, meaning putting someone in a child seat is almost child’s play. The boot isn’t the biggest in its class, but the square aperture and depth of it means loading a pushchair is no problem.