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The Fiat 500X is the big brother of the Fiat 500 small car but, beyond the retro styling, they don’t have much in common.
The 500X is, in fact, more closely related under the skin to the Jeep Renegade, with which it shares many of its mechanical underpinnings and oily bits. That makes the 500X a member of the small SUV class, with rivals including the Ford Puma, Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc.
However, while the burly Renegade is available with four-wheel drive and is generally a little more off-road focused, the 500X is front-wheel drive only and much more likely to be seen stuck in traffic than mud.
You can buy a fully electric Fiat 500 or a plug-in hybrid Renegade, but there’s no such electrification option in the 500X. Instead, there’s a choice of two turbocharged petrol engines and four trim levels, with plenty of room for customisation inside and out.
After all, many buyers considering this car are unlikely to be drawn in because of the engine choices and trim line-up. First and foremost, their interest will probably be stoked up by the 500X’s cutesy looks, which undoubtedly stand out in the small SUV class.
But is there more to the car than its stylish design? Is this a small SUV you can buy with your head as well as your heart?
We’ll tell you exactly how good it is, and how it compares to the other cars in the class it’s up against. We’ll also explain which engines and trims are the best to go for.
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