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The Top Gear car review:Fiat 500X
What is it like on the road?
The 500X is very spec-sensitive when it comes to driving dynamics. Sleepwalk into the rough 2.0-litre turbodiesel with clumsy all-wheel drive and the absent-minded nine-speed automatic gearbox and you’re going to resent every journey, such is its coarse nature.
The big-selling 1.6 diesel is a better bet, but by far the sweetest 500X is the zingy, 1.4-litre turbo petrol mated to a slick six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. It’s so much lighter on its feet, nicer sounding – it actually feels Italian. The ride’s pretty harsh over rough roads, so avoid the trendy 18-inch alloys for a Brit-friendly set-up. It looks good enough anyway – don’t spoil it with lead-footed alloys it was never designed to wear.