2018 Fiat 500X

Facelifted Fiat 500X ditches diesel and gains a couple of new petrol engines an...

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Alan Taylor-Jones
04 September 2017

Lets face it: one of the main reasons for buying a 500-badged Fiat is for how it looks. If you’re in that category, then us telling you that the Seat Arona is a better all-rounder and the Kia Stonic handles better is unlikely to matter. What you want to know is whether the 500X has been improved with this facelift.

Well, the good news is that it has. Although we’d avoid the 1.3-litre engine due to its lethargic gearbox and high purchase price, the 1.0-litre triple is a nice little motor for urban buyers or those in no particular hurry. We also appreciate the standard fitment of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the relatively comfortable ride.

But it’s worth remembering that the 500X has a smaller boot than most rivals, isn’t as good to drive and, crucially, doesn’t come with automatic emergency braking (AEB) unless you pay extra for it. Even then, AEB isn’t available on entry-level Urban models. So you’d have to let your heart massively overrule your head to buy one.

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Price £18,995 Engine 3cyl, 999cc, petrol, turbo Power 118bhp at 5750rpm Torque 140lb ft at 1750rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 10.9sec Top speed 117mph Official economy 48.7mpg CO2, tax band 133g/km, 27%

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