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The Top Gear car review:Fiat 500X

Overall verdict
Not the most utilitarian choice, but this is exactly what buyers want from a Fiat crossover.


Looks fab, quality interior, keen petrol engines


Lacklustre diesels, knobbly ride, not as practical as it should be


What is it?

A potential goldmine for Fiat – the runaway-successful 500 city car’s retro looks stretched over a flavour-of-the-month crossover bodyshell. Fortunately, the 500X wears the cues better than the elephantine 500L MPV, and neither is it based on the minivan version. Underneath, this is a Jeep Renegade, but with different suspension settings for a less off-road thirsty audience.

That said, you can choose two different all-wheel drive systems, and (weirdly) three different gearboxes. It’s not the cheapest soft-roader in the class, but build quality is good and Fiat argues kit levels are more generous spec-for-spec than key rivals like the Yeti or the Qashqai. Fiat’s been waiting a long time for this car and the entire dealer network is very excited by it. Are they right to be? Well, yes…

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.3 Multiair City Cross 5dr DCT
9.1s 140g/km 46.3 150 £21,235
The cheapest
1.6 E-torQ Urban 5dr
11.5s 154g/km 42.2 110 £16,725
The greenest
1.0 Multiair City Cross 5dr
10.9s 133g/km 48.7 120 £19,035
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