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Fiat 500X review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

All cars offer a good balance of cost, performance and efficiency

The 2018 update saw prices rice for the 500X, and they jumped again the following year when Fiat dropped the basic 1.6-litre E-TorQ petrol engine. But the pricier FireFly-powered versions may be more expensive, but they're vastly superior when it comes to on-road driving dynamics.

The range kicks off at around £18,500 for a 500X Urban Look with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. Opting for the more rugged Cross Look will cost roughly £1,000 more, while speccing the faster 1.3 (plus the inevitable auto box) is another £2,200-ish. There's also the Cross Plus, which adds more kit for around £2,000 extra.

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With the removal of the diesels, the most efficient engine in the 500X is the 1.0 FireFly three-cylinder turbo petrol. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, and claimed economy of 48.7mpg. Emissions are 133g/km. 

Go for the 1.3 FireFly with the standard DCT auto gearbox, and there's claimed economy of 46.3mpg and emissions of 140g/km. In contrast, the older eTorq 1.6 that powered the previous entry-level car only managed 42.2mpg and had high emissions of 154g/km.

Range-topping Sport models offer a range of cosmetic tweaks and a few more substantial changes under the skin. Prices starting from around £22,500, but performance and economy isn't affected.

As all models cost far less than £40,000, road tax is £140 a year.

Insurance groups

Insurance groups range from eight for the entry-model Urban Look to group 16 for cars powered by the 1.3 petrol. Although performance from the Fiat isn’t electrifying, those are competitive rates.

By way of comparison, the Nissan Juke starts at Group 11 and goes up to group 20, but there’s nothing in the 500X range to compare with the Juke 1.6 Tekna’s 134mph/0-62mph in 7.8 seconds.

Insurance groups for the 500X Sport haven't been revealed, but as the tweaks are mainly cosmetic, it's unlikely to cost an arm and a leg to insure.

Depreciation

The Fiat 500 city car is a decent performer at resale time, but the 500X could do better. You're looking at residuals in the high 30 per cent ballpark after 3 years/36,000 miles, which isn't a brilliant return when you consider some small SUVs can achieve figures around 10 per cent higher.

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