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Reviews

2017 Fiat 500X Walk Around


Although it was designed in Italy, the profile of the 500X looks a bit Audi-like, which is to say mature, with clean sides and a gentle arc to the roofline. It keeps Fiat familiarity its chrome mustache, clamshell hood, and stacked twin headlamps.

The Trekking has more rugged front fascia and its own wheels, but the same driving personality.

Interior

The cabin is neat and clean, with big round gauges and climate controls, and a medium-sized LCD screen in the dash for infotainment and camera displays. The materials are nice. Despite a shiny swath of black plastic on the dash, we think the colorful trim makes the 500X cooler than almost all of its rivals. It makes the Honda HR-V look like the interior was styled by accident.

Comfort in front is generally good. The seats are firm, with good lumbar support and limited bolstering, but fit larger passengers. The optional leather seats could use more definition at the bottom and less at the headrests, which have an uncomfortable edge. But there’s a nice knee pad on the side of the center console.

Two adults can fit comfortably in the rear, although kneeroom is scant with the front seats pushed back; same with headroom if the optional panoramic moonroof is fitted. The Honda HR-V has more room in rear.

The cargo space is reasonable, with 18.5 cubic the second row and 50.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded almost flat. But again, the HR-V beats it, with Honda’s fold-away Magic Seat. The 500X is about five inches shorter than the 500L, but it’s a bit wider and better packaged, so it has almost as much interior room, as much as most of its rivals.

The Trekking and Lounge models have an innovative height-adjustable cargo floor that works with a flat-folding passenger seat to enable carrying big and long things like outdoor toys.

Noise in the cabin is fairly low except at full throttle or the revs that 80 mph require.

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