Fiat 500X review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The 500X is not the ultimate family hauler, but there aren’t too many compromises in the name of style
The 500X is only available in a single body type, and it’s essentially a five-door hatchback in the pumped-up crossover style. It sits between the 500 and the 500L in terms of interior space, and should be big enough for most young families.
The driving position is higher overall than the 500, but you sit in a lower, sportier position within the car. Up front there are two glove boxes, large door pockets and a deep storage bin underneath the armrest.
There have been compromises to practicality in the pursuit of style though – the rear window is tiny, which makes visibility a pain, and the seats are not the most supportive.
The 500X is vast compared to the old Fiat 500s, and it’s even bigger than the van-like 500L - at 4,248mm nose-to-tail it will take up 10cms more of your drive. The 500X is a little lower (1,600mm vs 1,665mm) and a few cms wider (1,796mm vs 1,784mm).
The 500X is also noticeably bigger than the 4,135mm Nissan Juke, the 4,122mm Renault Captur and the 4,222mm Skoda Yeti, but a few mms shorter than the 4,255mm Jeep Renegade, with which it shares a platform.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Rear passengers who are shorter than six-foot will have enough headroom and legroom, but if you're any taller it starts to become a squeeze. There are ISOFIX points for child seats in the rear bench as standard.
At 350 litres, expanding to 1,000 litres with the 60/40 split rear seats folded down, the boot is actually smaller than the Countryman, Juke and Captur, but considering 60% of buyers in this class name styling as their number one motivation, Fiat won’t be too worried about that.
The boot space itself has a useful wide opening, while a moveable boot floor can be set at two levels - one level with the boot lip for easy loading and a flat boot floor with the rear seats folded down, and the other lower down to maximise space.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Fiat 500X gets the retro looks of the 500 city car and grafts them on to a small crossover body
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe 500X’s sharp handling is a surprise for a small crossover
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsAll 500X versions offer a good balance of cost, performance and efficiency
- 4Interior, design and technologyClever design extends the iconic Fiat 500 brand into a new lifestyle sector
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe 500X is not the ultimate family hauler, but there aren’t too many compromises in the name of style
- 6Reliability and SafetyFiat’s reputation for reliability is not the greatest, and crash test results have disappointed too