Fiat has unveiled its refreshed 500X, which boasts improved standard equipment as well as a revised cockpit.

The 500-based crossover has only received a minor revamp, although it’s now been brought in-line with the rest of the 500 range, which was first updated in 2016.

New LED daytime running lights and rear lights are now standard across the range, while three trim levels are available – Urban, City Cross and Cross Plus.

All models feature revised front and rear bumpers, with the Cross Plus model coming with new protective skid plates.

The interior is perhaps where the biggest changes have been made, as the 500X now comes with a restyled cockpit and new instrument dials that are said to be easier to read. A new steering wheel has also been introduced, which is meant to give the driver more grip than before. There’s a range of interior finishes and colours to choose from, too.

All versions of the 500X now come with a seven-inch touchscreen, which previously only came on higher-spec models. The ‘Uconnect’ system comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Bluetooth, voice control and USB and AUX plug-in. The system works alongside the Uconnect Live app, which adds music streaming, news alerts and TomTom satellite navigation.

Fiat has scrapped diesel engines from the 500X line-up, but has added two new petrol engines to the range – including a 118bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine and a 148bhp 1.3-litre unit. These sit alongside the entry-level 108bhp 1.6-litre engine.

Traffic sign recognition, speed warning alerts and lane-keep assist tech are now offered across the range, as well as optional safety kit, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot alert and autonomous emergency braking.

The 500X is available to order now, with prices starting from £16,995 – rising to £23,195 for the range-topping Cross model. Fiat is also offering three years zero per cent finance and up to a £1,000 deposit contribution on all cars ordered before September 30.

Ted Welford


August 29, 2018