ROAD Test: Updated 2018-spec @FIAT_UK 500X, aka "Colin"
First things first, we have to confess a Fiat favouritism in addition to mild lack of objectivity here, because we are very happy owners of the quirky, giant-killing, way-more-capable-than-which-has-any-right-to-be-on-in addition to-off-road, Panda 4×4. in addition to we love the little bambino – which’s characterful, charming, fun, frugal, cheap to run in addition to insanely Great inside snow/wet/mud/sand in addition to indeed any terrain in addition to conditions which comes across. which’s as much of an iconic car as the original 1983-2003 Mk1 in our view, only a far, far better car to own in addition to drive than its grandpa. No wonder which’s the discerning Tuscan hill farmer’s choice, easily taking on slippery, 30-degree wet in addition to muddy farmland.
Created off the back of the rampant global success of the Fiat 500 in addition to no doubt boosted by the high-traction popularity of the latest Panda 4×4 Cross (not to mention an insatiable global desire for compact SUVs in addition to crossovers), Fiat launched the 500X in 2014. in addition to which’s been another incredibly well-known style for them, justifiably so.
Why? Well, Fiat make which all very simple for you with the 500X – offering everything a family could ask for in a compact, chic, city-come-country car. in addition to what’s more, the 500X does which that has a mozzafiato, ney rocambolesco Italian style (Google them!), just like its smaller 500 & 500C city slicker sisters, only with the added handy benefit of a load more space, buckets of inclement weather ability, a handful of off-road tricks up its silky sleeves in addition to the oh-so-handy increased visibility for on-road driving, with its jacked-up ride height in addition to 4×2 drive system. (No, which’s not a proper 4×4, like the Panda, however uses electronic trickery for added traction).
The currently £15,550+ 2018 500X comes loaded that has a lot more refinement which our humble range topping Panda 4×4, with levels of top quality Infotainment system which everyone craves, a Great air con system, great safety with Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in addition to no less than six airbags, Fiat’s Dualdrive Power Steering for easy driving in in addition to out of the town in addition to Cruise Control with speed limiter for motorways. All of which makes the 500X ideal for taking on its rivals, which which more than matches for external surfaces in addition to Inner surface design in addition to styling kudos, as you would certainly expect, being Italian.
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The simplified 500X range is actually currently available in three trim levels, combined that has a choice of three petrol in addition to two diesel engines. The comprehensive standard equipment levels can be boosted with the addition of quite a few packs, such as the Cold Weather pack, which comes that has a heated steering wheel, heated front seats in addition to heated wiper area, or the City pack to add electrically folding in addition to heated door mirrors in addition to rear parking camera. Marching Green paint is actually currently available exclusively on Cross Plus types.
So, which’s clearly a front runner in terms of its Great looks, great spec, attractive packages in addition to does a lot of box ticking, on paper. however what about the driving reality, on the road (in addition to off). Does which have which cheeky Fiat character our Panda or the 500 in addition to 500C have by the Chianti-filled bucketload?
Sadly, in a word, no. In entirety as a family ad to everyone we showed your vehicle to, we all found the 500X to be rather like our pal Colin – darned solid, got your back reliable, who’ll get you where you need to go in addition to look jolly smart inside process, however more than a little bit dull, ney disappointing. Sorry Colin.
Also, the Diesel 1.6 MultiJet II 120HP engine is actually not as economical as you might think or the figures suggest – claiming 68.9 combined, however delivering low 40s on our average, mixed conditions in addition to traffic (in addition to mainly out of town) 500 mile test drive. however, on the flip side, which is actually extremely well mannered, very quiet, superbly refined & surprisingly quick. Maybe which will bed in in addition to deliver better mpg later in life? Or maybe I just need to back off the throttle a bit?
Fiat sell the 500X as a ‘comfortably elegant SUV’ in addition to putting its unnecessarily stiff ride issues aside, we’d say which’s fair. which is actually comfy inside. in addition to which’s certainly elegant. Furthermore, the 500X is actually certainly getting a LOT of things right. In fact, had which not been for the ride quality issue in addition to had our test style had a more lively Inner surface, we perhaps would certainly have liked which more.
however the plain truth is actually which… we’ll stick with our far smaller, far less refined, much simpler in addition to a whole heap more fun Panda 4×4 for currently. The extra tech, space in addition to refinement aren’t enough to make us want to be aspirational in addition to ride up the Fiat range. Sorry. which’s definitely not stuggimento. however which’s by no means dietrologia either (Google again!).
Still, don’t just take our word for which. Pop up your local dealership in addition to check out the all-brand-new Fiat 500X. The 2018-spec 500X is actually available to order currently priced coming from £15,550 OTR for the 500X Pop 1.6 E-Torq 110hp petrol.
Maybe a spacious, steady, stiff Colin is actually just what you need in your life…?