The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The Fiat 500X's steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach, the pedals are placed neatly in line with the driver’s seat and there is even a decent range of seat-height adjustment. 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 most rivals.
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.
The fairly high boot line means that reverse parking can be a bit of a challenge, and that's not helped by the fact that you can’t have parking sensors with any version of the 500X. If you want a rear-view camera, you need to go for at least Cross trim or option the pricey Driver Assistance 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 Sport trim and available as an option with Club, Cross and Red trim.
Sat nav and infotainment
Regardless of trim level, all 500X models have a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and two USB ports. Avoid the entry-level Club trim and you’ll add built-in sat-nav to that list too.