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
Those who’ve enjoyed the characterful and high-grade presentation of the 500 will love the 500X’s cabin.
Its décor is more mature, but you’ll find plenty of stylish flourishes, including the retro metal-look door handles, an elegantly integrated infotainment screen (whose navigation system was occasionally confused) and, on all models bar the Cross, a body colour-finished horizontal décor strip. The more rugged-looking Cross versions get a textured alloy-look finish.
Most of the mouldings are high-quality, although the rear door tops are hard-feel rather than the soft texture of the fronts, a subtle cost saving.
The seats are stylish, the instruments neat beneath and the dash-mounted switchgear classily elegant, as is the steering wheel. It’s a shame that the column stalks look cheap, but this cabin exudes a pleasingly attractive ambience that’s clearly related to the 500’s.
There’s plenty of space, too. The driver sits 45mm lower in the 500X than in the Renegade (although there’s a seat-height adjuster), the aim being to provide a slightly sportier experience. Nonetheless, occupants enjoy the mildly elevated viewing of vistas that SUV drivers covet.
Rear-seat occupants are well provided for too, even if the cushion is slightly too flat, the pay-off for having backrests that fold flat. In-cabin dumping grounds are fairly generous, and include so-called pelican-beak door bins, which are much wider than the average.
Boot space is generous and a good shape, offering similar space to the competition (350 litres), with easy to fold seats that leave a flat load deck. So the 500X should play well to families. It’s a decent enough experience for the driver, too.
The 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel is expected to be the UK’s best-seller. It’s good for a 0-62mph sprint in 10.5sec and 69.9mpg combined, while issuing a competitive 109g/km of CO2.
There's a strong torque-surge from much less than 2000rpm, and the Fiat’s urge tapers away only once 4000rpm is breached. It's an effective power band that’s a lot wider than those of previous MultiJet diesel engines, and it's aided by a gearchange of more silken action than we’re used to in Fiats, so progress is confidently brisk.
Less good, however, is this engine’s refinement, its oil-burning yammer too evident during acceleration, if not overbearing. There’s a touch too much wind gush around the front windows at speed, and the suspension can be noisy, especially from the rear. That’s not to suggest that the 500X is an especially noisy car, but others are quieter.