Accessibility & Motability
Usability for people with disability or their carers
Motability - Access
The Fiat 500X’s front doors open to 65 degrees – par for the course in the small SUV class – and are unlikely to cause an obstacle when getting in and out of the front seats.
Being a small SUV, the 500X also has a higher seating position than you’ll find in a conventional hatchback and you might find this more convenient than lowering yourself into and lifting yourself out of a lower seat. However, unless you choose the additional Comfort pack, the passenger seat height is fixed, unlike the driver’s seat, which has variable height adjustment. Both front seats can be moved back a considerable distance, so you can slide them out of the way before getting into the car.
Unfortunately, lifting bulky items in and out of the boot is made tricky by the presence of a lip at boot aperture, as well as the fact that the rear seats don’t lie flat when they’re folded. Nor can the rear seats be slid forwards or backwards like they can be in a C3 Aircross. In that car, you can vary the amount of rear leg room against boot space as required.
Motability - Ease of use and options
First things first, there are no diesel engines. Instead, you have a pair of turbocharged petrol engines to choose from: one is a 1.0-litre engine with 118bhp and the other a 128bhp 1.5-litre engine with 48V mild hybrid tech to increase fuel efficiency.