The style-conscious buyers Fiat is aiming the 500X at won’t be placated only by an attractive exterior – they’ll be looking for a well-built cabin, too.
Thankfully, the 500X doesn’t disappoint in this area with an attractive interior that feels significantly better built than older Fiats. You’re greeted by an expanse of body-coloured plastic covering the dash which hides a second glove box above the normal one. All models from Popstar trim upwards feature a five-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system with sat-nav as an optional extra.
Fit and finish is up there with the best competitors and crucial areas including the steering wheel and seats feel upmarket. It’s not perfect, however – the instrument dials look pretty but it can be hard to see how fast you’re going. The analogue speedometer is small and hard to read while the large central digital dial can display speed but doesn’t do it by default – making it hard to read at a glance. Equally, if you run your hand down lower parts of the cabin, you’ll feel some hard, scratchy plastics.
The infotainment system itself has plenty of functionality including Bluetooth connectivity, optional sat-nav and DAB radio. It’s not as intuitive as Audi’s MMI or BMW’s iDrive system, however, with a little too much information competing for what is only a moderately sized screen. We’d prefer to see a proper rotary controller instead of the touchscreen interface which can be hard to use without taking your eyes off the road. Life is made a little easier by voice commands but the system generally lags behind the best from Germany.