As your motoring horizons expand, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on Fiat’s retro style when it comes to motoring. Rebel against the bland and check out the all-new Fiat 500X…
What is the Fiat 500X
All-New Fiat 500X
What is it? Simple, it’s an SUV version of Fiat’s 500 city car. Bringing the option of retro-styling and city chic to those who need more space, the ‘X’ is 70mm longer, 17cm wider and 12cm taller than the regular car. All adding valuable space for those who need to move on from the restraints of city car motoring.
The 500X brings more space inside
Available in three trims, buyers can choose between the Pop, Popstar and Lounge version. There will also be two off-road-ready models – the front-wheel-drive 500X Cross and the four-wheel-drive 500X Cross Plus – for those with plans to set their sights beyond the black stuff.
Early adopters will also get the option of choosing the high-spec ‘Opening Edition’ trim, which will come in a run of just 500 cars – 325 will be in two-wheel-drive City Look form, with the remaining 175 as four-wheel-drive Off-Road Look variants.
What engines are on offer
Retro-styling with modern twist
Three petrol and three diesel engines will be available when the car hits showrooms from the second quarter of 2015.
Petrol versions include a 109bhp, five-speed manual and a 1.4-litre turbo unit producing a feisty 138bhp. Both of these powerplants will be matched with front-wheel-drive transmission, while a 168bhp version of the 1.4 will get four-wheel-drive.
Diesel options come in the form of a 93bhp 1.3 with five-speed transmission, while the 500X Cross gets a 120bhp 1.6 delivering its juice through a six-speed manual. The AWD 500X Cross Plus is powered by a 140bhp 2.0-litre diesel that’s couples with a six-speed manual or nine-speed auto.
Each model gets three driving modes; Auto, Sport and All Weather. These alter engine, braking and steering responses. The ‘All Weather’ setting will be renamed ‘Traction’ in the Cross and Cross Plus versions to offer more aggressive traction control for the front-wheel-drive car and faster transfer of torque in the AWD car.
New touchscreen system
All models get a colour touchscreen system called Uconnect, with Pop models fitted with a 5-inch screen, while higher-spec models expand this to 6.5-inch. Other standard kit includes Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connections, steering wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition.
Upgrades available include TomTom sat-nav on the smaller-screen models, while it’s standard for the high-spec versions.
The Uconnect system also brings smartphone integration allowing users to access social media, digital radio, weather, traffic info and news reports.
Opening Edition models
The limited edition ‘Opening Edition’ version… lots of kits for not much cash
Opening Edition models are based on the 138bhp 1.4-litre petrol in Pop Version in Pop Star trim. This gets 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, climate and cruise controls and rear parking sensors, as standard, while the Opening Edition upgrades it to 18-inch alloys, tinted rear windows plus Safety Pack and Comfort Pack.
The safety pack adds:
Blind-spot warning system
Automatic emergency braking
The Comfort Pack includes:
Keyless entry and engine starting
Electric lumbar adjustment on the front seats
Four-wheel-drive versions of the Opening Edition take their DNA from the 500X Cross Plus model and get a raft of additional kit for no extra cost. Additional equipment includes everything offered on the two-wheel-drive version, along with the Visibility Pack that adds automatic lights and wipers, electric door mirrors and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Looking good from all angles
The 500X comes with 12 exterior colours and eight designs for its alloy wheels. There are plenty of decals to from, along with just as many interior finishes.
Performance and econony
Performance, emissions and mpg
Got and eye on the environment or your tax costs? Here are the essential emissions and economy figures you’ll need for the all-new Fiat 500X
Take a closer look with our dashboard zoom
Have a look around the Fiat 500X’s dashboard with our zoom feature. Simply follow the instructions below for to get up close and personal with the interior.
See above for a full price list, but the entry-level Pop version comes in at £14,595, while the range tops out at £25,885 with the 2.0-litre Cross Plus.
The limited-edition ‘Opening Edition’ costs the same as the models it’s built on, but come with far more equipment – so get in early for big savings.
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