The Fiat 500X has been updated after four years on sale, with details matching its 500 city car sibling and engines shared with the Jeep Renegade. Prices will start from £16,995 - a £1440 increase over the previous car's entry-level price.
The 500X gets subtle styling tweaks at the front, with full LED headlights and restyled daytime running lights, updated bumpers and rear lights with body-coloured centre section that match the regular 500’s.
Inside, the interior has been overhauled with new dials, a new steering wheel and ergonomic tweaks across the dashboard. Fiat also claims that upmarket materials are used on the facelifted car’s cockpit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the 500X’s 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system.
Under the bonnet are new aluminium-alloy, turbocharged 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre petrol engines, claimed to be both 20% quieter and 20% more fuel efficient than the pre-facelift car’s 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre engines, which returned a respective 49.6mpg and 47.1mpg in their most frugal forms. This suggests the new engines’ fuel economy will be up to around 60mpg for the most frugal versions.
Like in the Renegade, to which the 500X is closely related, the 1.0-litre unit produces 118bhp and 140lb ft, while the 1.3-litre variant returns 148bhp and 199lb ft of torque.
The 1.6-litre E-Torq petrol unit will still be offered in manual, front-wheel-drive form, with 108bhp and tweaks to bring it in line with new Euro 6D Temp emissions standards. The 1.3-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels have also been tweaked to meet the same standards, with AdBlue injection, but won't be offered in the UK any more.
Three trims are available: Urban, City Cross and Cross. Each is slightly more rugged than the last, with Urban pitched against C-segment hatchbacks, with the least rugged tweaks. Cross, meanwhile, gets roof bars and metallic trim on the lower bodywork to mimic more serious off-road-friendly SUVs.
The 500X is an important car for Fiat - it's the brand's second-biggest seller in its home market, Italy, while the rest of the 500 family take lofty positions in Europe - the 500L is the best-selling small MPV on the continent, while the 500 is the best-selling city car.