The refreshed Fiat 500X makes a hot contender in the family crossover sector

The Fiat 500X has been given a complete refresh for 2019, making it one-to-watch in the small family crossover bracket.

This crossover sibling of the Fiat 500 was arguably due an update, and this heavily revised version certainly packs a punch as an innovative and dynamic compact crossover. The numerous changes inside and out are subtle but distinctive, and include the option of two entirely new turbocharged petrol engines and a host of new active safety tech. The latest Fiat 500X is available with a choice of three trim levels: Urban, City Cross and Cross Plus.

The most notable change to the revamped Fiat 500X when it comes to driving experience is under the bonnet, where two entirely new turbocharged petrol engines are on offer. These sit within the City Cross and Cross Plus trims: the former has the 1.0-litre unit on board, while the latter has a 1.3-litre engine with the option of an automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. 

The exterior styling has also been given an update while still maintaining the iconic retro 500 look. It now boasts new LED daytime running lights, LED headlights and rear lights as standard across the whole range – these are, of course, rounded to remind us of the original 500!

Inside, Fiat have worked hard to improve the look and feel of the cabin, with more soft-touch materials than before and new seat designs. There’s also a new steering wheel, plus the dials have been treated to better graphics and repositioned instrumentation to improve ergonomics. The cockpit is updated to integrate more technology: there’s a 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth hands-free interface, audio streaming, text reader and voice recognition. The Fiat 500X also comes with an abundance of safety tech, including traffic sign recognition, lane assist and autonomous emergency brake.

With an impressive engine line-up, innovative technology and intuitive on-board technology, the revamped Fiat 500X is set to create a storm in the small family crossover sector. Discover it for yourself at your local Arbury!


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