Fiat upgrades 500X


Fiat 500X Urban and Cross, 2018, front
Fiat 500X Urban, 2018, front
Fiat 500X Urban, 2018, side
Fiat 500X Urban, 2018, rear
Fiat 500X Cross, 2018, front
Fiat 500X Cross, 2018, side
Fiat 500X Cross, 2018, rear
Fiat 500X, 2018, interior
Fiat 500X, 2018, display screen

FIAT is updating its 500X crossover model with a new look inside and out and some new engines.

Priced from £16,995 - an increase of some £1,500 over the outgoing model - the new 500X is the first Fiat to feature the company's new turbocharged 1.0 and 1.3-litre petrol engines.

Those will be available from £18,995 for the 1.0-litre and £21,195 for the 1.3-litre which will be paired with a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

There are no diesels in the new line up and the entry level model - powered by a 110hp 1.6 E-Torq engine - is the only one to feature a powertrain that has been carried forward.

All the engines meet the latest emission standards and the E-Torq has been upgraded with a stop/start system.

Performance data is a combined 48.7mpg with emissions of 133g/km for the three cylinder 1.0-litre which develops 120bhp giving it a 0 to 60 time of 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 117mph.

The 1.3 engine is boosted to 150bhp and has four cylinders. It is available only with the DCT box which results in a 0 to 60 time of 9.1 seconds, a maximum of 124mph and it is rated at 46.3mpg with a CO2 figure of 140g/km.

The 110bhp 1.6-litre is not quite as fuel efficient averaging 42.2 to the gallon (154g/km) and has a 0 to 60 time of 11.5 seconds with a top end of 112mph.

Three trim levels are available - Urban, City Cross and Cross Plus - and all come with traffic sign recognition, a speed limit advisor and lane keeping systems as standard.

Urban and Cross have different body styles with the Cross models getting a more SUV-like appearance including a satin chrome finish to skid plates front and rear and body coloured door mirrors, although four-wheel-drive models are absent from the launch line up.

Cross style also brings front fog lamps and the cars sit on 17-inch wheels as opposed to the 16-inch rims on the Urban models.

Cross Plus versions add LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof bars and dark tinted rear windows while inside there's a TomTom navigation system, a reversing camera and a front armrest.

All have a seven-inch display screen and come with full smartphone connectivity while the Cross grade models include a 3.5-inch colour TFT screen in the instrument panel.

Blind spot alerts, adaptive cruise control and automatic city braking systems are options.


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