The Fiat 500x is here and Leah Carroll tells us what we need to know
- 29 April 2015
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Based on the popular Fiat 500 supermini, the 500X combines it’s looks in an exaggerated state
and with a more practical interior. It can’t match the standard 500’s chic, but it’s urban practicality
will be what attracts buyers.
There’s a noticeable difference in the way the 500X drives depending on the engine and gearbox
combination. Normally I’m pre-dispositioned towards Petrol engines but the 1.6 Mulltijet diesel I
drove not only feels more confident once you place foot to accelerator, it’s happier there too. The
1.4 feels a little underpowered for the size of car it’s pushing along. I could happily get a day’s
checklist accomplished in the 1.6 Mulltijet diesel.
As options go, the 500X is well served with the usual array of toys to play with. My go-to options
always being Cruise Control and Air-Con. Ireland may not have the heat of the Mediterranean
but what we do get in the summer is humidity and it makes all the difference showing up to a
meeting feeling fresh and awake as opposed to looking like a dog that’s just been swimming on
the beach. Sure you’re friendly and happy to greet but do you really want to shake paws?
As rappers go further in taking over the world (Jay-Z’s Tidal launch is an example of how not to
do it) Dr. Dre’s Beats are infiltrating the compact-crossover market. Available as a €900+ option
in the 1.6 Multijet Popstar, Hi Fi by BeatsTM adds bass (as expected) and some Beats graphics to
the speakers so your passengers know just how contemporary you are.
Fiats UConnect™ Live system enables the use of many apps through the on-board system to
access a multitude of social media apps, a huge catalogue of music on Deezer and listen to
more than 100,000 radio stations with TuneIn. Which means getting stuck in traffic will never be
boring and you should be able to find your way out of a jam quickly and safely.
Another version of crossover Fiat should consider would be an Abarth 500X, imagine! But that’s
another days fun. Until then I can highly recommend the 1.6 Multijet with it’s space, economy and
endless connectivity options.