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The Top Gear car review:Fiat 500X
For:Looks fab, quality interior, keen petrol engines
Against: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…