The Fiat 500X’s interior is scattered with retro touches and its body coloured trim makes the cabin pop next to more bland alternatives, but interior quality could be improved upon
From its three-spoke steering wheel to its cowled instruments, ball gear knob, body-coloured dashboard and candy-sweet button style – the 500X’s cabin has all the style you’d expect of a car that was designed in Italy.
Unfortunately, with the stereotypical positives come stereotypical negatives of questionable build quality, and buttons and switches that don’t work with the oily smoothness of, say, a German car (or, for that matter, a Spanish car designed in Germany).
As a result, if you want your small SUV to feel bulletproof, you’ll be better off with the SEAT Arona with its VW parts, but only if you can live with a cabin so dark that you may as well be peering out into the edges of space.
The Fiat 500X’s interior has the chic style – but also the flakey build quality – you’d expect from Fiat cliches
Every Fiat 500X comes with a seven-inch infotainment screen that is bright and colourful and doesn’t have the plasticky bezel found in the old model. It’s easy enough to use, although the lack of physical buttons can make the touchscreen a fiddle to operate when you’re driving. Plus, the reversing camera’s cloudy display can leave you wondering whether you have suddenly developed cataracts.
There’s no shortage of features – such as voice recognition and text reading – and the system’s TomTom navigation is better at steering you around congestion than most other systems. Really, though, it’s easier to use the more intuitive menus of your smartphone because the 500X’s infotainment system comes fitted with Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard.