The Fiat 500X is a compact crossover extension of the 500 family that's aiming to take the fight to the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Vauxhall Mokka and retro compadre the Mini Countryman.
At its heart the 500X shares a platform and mechanical hardware with its cousin, the Jeep Renegade, although the Jeep carries an extra strengthening cross-member to support its potentially more arduous off-roading duties.
The 500X range has been split into two - the City Look (unsurprisingly aimed at the city dweller) and the Off-Road Look (aimed at those who toy with the idea of some light off-road excursions). The difference truly lies with the aesthetics, with the former gaining specially designed bumpers in the Fiat's body colour, body coloured dashboard and only available as front-wheel-drive car. The off-road tweaked 500X gets more rugged bumpers and plastic mouldings, roof rails and a four-wheel-drive system.
The engine range consists of three petrol and diesel engines, including a 138bhp and 168bhp 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir2 and a 108bhp 1.6-litre e-Torq units, while the oilburner line-up consists of a 94bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet2, 118bhp 1.6-litre MultiJet II, and a 138bhp 2.0-litre MultiJet II.
There are three City Look trims - Pop, Pop Star and Lounge. The entry-level models come with 16in steel wheels, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors, rear spoiler, hill hold assist and electric windows, as standard, while inside there is air conditioning, USB connectivity and cruise control.
Upgrade to the Pop Star trim and you'll find 17in alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, climate control, and Fiat's Uconnect infotainment system with a 5.0in touchscreen display and Bluetooth. The range-topping Lounge 500Xs add 18in alloys, bi-xenon headlights, a chrome exhaust, keyless entry and start, and sat nav.
Those lusting after the more rugged Off-Road Look models, fear not, there are two trims to choose from - Cross and Cross Plus. The former gains 17in alloys, roof rails, cruise control, rear parking sensors and hill start assist, while inside there is a partial leather upholstery, climate control and Fiat's Uconnect infotainment system. Upgrading to the Cross Plus adds luxuries such as bi-xenon headlights, sat nav, and keyless entry and start