The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach, and offers a decent range of seat-height adjustment. The Fiat 500X's pedals are decently placed, too. It’s not easy to get the right angle on the backrest, though, because you adjust it using a lever while leaning backwards or forwards rather than with a handy wheel, as you do in rival cars.
The seats are comfortable enough, even on longer journeys, and electrically adjustable lumbar support and a central armrest are available as part of the reasonably priced Comfort Pack, which is definitely worth adding. Fully electric seat adjustment is also optional.
Generally speaking, the dashboard buttons are well placed and easy to read. We like the fact that you get physical air conditioning controls, rather than the fiddly digital buttons built into the touchscreens of some rivals.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Predictably, the Fiat 500X’s stance – which is quite high, even on lowered Sport models – gives you a good view forwards, although the chunky front pillars can limit your view through really tight bends. Rear visibility is mostly fine, but there are over-the-shoulder blindspots that you’ll need to be conscious of during lane changes. Blindspot monitoring is optional on all trims apart from entry-level Pop.
The fairly high boot line means you’ll be making good use of the standard rear parking sensors. If you want a rear-view camera you need at least Cross trim, while front parking sensors are standard on Sport trim and available as part of the pricey ADAS pack on lower trims.
A heated windscreen is available as part of the Winter Pack. Speaking of winter, when it gets dark earlier, bright LED headlights are standard on Cross trim and available as an option on Connect.
Sat nav and infotainment
All models have a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, two USB ports and an 'aux in' socket. Built-in sat-nav is only standard on Cross and Sport models, and optional on Connect – Pop doesn’t get it at all.
Unfortunately, it the Fiat 500X infotainment set-up is not very well designed. The icons are too small to hit easily on the move and it can also be frustratingly slow to respond to inputs. In its defence, the menus are fairly intuitive, but the system lags behind the systems offered by the Seat Arona and Kia Stonic.
There’s a relatively classy feel inside the Fiat 500X. It has soft-touch materials and a lively, bright layout that has a generally good fit and finish to back it up, although it is slightly let down by some of the switch damping and a few sharp edges around the seat adjustments.
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