Fiat 500X and Tipo revised with suite of MY22 updates

Fiat’s 500X crossover and Tipo hatchback have received a few specification changes, just before the 22-plate change

The Fiat 500X crossover and Tipo hatchback have been updated for 2022 with a handful of styling and specification changes, in an effort to keep both models looking fresh next to rivals such as the Peugeot 2008 and the Renault Megane.

Cosmetic tweaks for the revised Fiat 500X are few and far between, stretching to a new “500” badge on the car’s radiator grille and some fresh “Fiat” lettering on the tailgate.

Buyers have a choice of three trim-levels and two body styles, after Fiat introduced the 500X Dolcevita convertible at the end of last year. Prices start from £22,085 for the cheapest Club variant, which features 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Above that, there’s the 500X Cross. It’s priced from £23,585 and gets more rugged body cladding, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic dual-zone climate control and a rear-view parking camera. Buyers can also have the model as a convertible, which bumps up the starting price to £26,235.

At the top of the line-up, there’s 500X Sport. Upgrades over the Cross specification include body-coloured bumpers and side skirts, puddle lighting, an Alcantara steering wheel and a digital instrument cluster. Prices start from £25,235 for the hardtop and £27,735 for the convertible Dolcevita variant.

Every version of the MY22 500X will be powered by Fiat’s turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder “Firefly” petrol engine, which develops 118bhp and 190Nm of torque. Every model also gets the same front-wheel-drive layout and six-speed manual gearbox.

Fiat’s tweaks to the Tipo range are less noticeable. Instead of making cosmetic changes, the brand has focused on tweaking the trim-level structure and improving the level of standard equipment on offer.

The line-up has been rebranded – now, the three specifications are called Tipo, City Life and Cross. The cheapest model starts from £19,595 and comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, electric heated door mirrors, adaptive cruise control and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The new Fiat Tipo City Life is priced from £20,595 (about £900 more than the old Life variant) and features 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED tail lights, front foglights, a seven-inch digital gauge cluster and electric lumbar support for the driver’s seat.

Fiat’s range-topping Tipo Cross gets the same rugged body cladding as before, along with a set of roof bars and body coloured door mirrors. There’s also some extra technology, such as a rear-view parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beam and an integrated sat-nav system. Prices start from £22,595.

The Tipo is also only available with one engine. It’s a naturally aspirated version of the 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit found in the 500X, which produces 99bhp. Power goes to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.

Now read our review of the new, pure-electric Fiat 500 city car…

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