Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Comfortable seats
  • Colourful design
  • Slow multimedia

The 500X’s cabin is a comfortable and colourful place. Its design is simple but pleasingly retro, with body-coloured accents on hand to brighten things up. A 7.0-inch touchscreen sits prominently at the top of the dash and features what look like relatively modern graphics, but sadly we struggled with the TomTom sat-nav in high-spec cars being far too slow to react, in some cases causing us to miss junctions when driving in city centres.

The good news is that both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are compatible with the Uconnect system that’s fitted as standard and for smartphone users, that means you won’t have to rely on the inbuilt TomTom system.

Overall, the 500X is well equipped. The entry-level Urban model gets air-conditioning, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels and the 7.0-inch Uconnect. That’s a good roster for what you pay for this model and should be enough for most people’s needs.

The City Cross model gets more equipment including a fully-featured dual-zone climate control set-up as well as, better trim materials, rear parking sensors, fog lights, body-coloured door mirrors and nice-to-touch satin chrome door handles. The top model is the Cross Plus, and that adds tinted rear windows, the slow sat-nav and rear-view parking camera.

Sport model turns up the heat

The 500X Sport gains a few unique touches inside, most notably the use of grey painted plastic in some areas, a dark finish for the roof lining and A-pillar trim, plus the use of Alcantara on the instrument cowling and the steering wheel.

The steering wheel itself has a small change in its design with the addition of a flattened bottom, while the sports seats have a mix of fabric and vinyl finishes with contrast-colour stitching. Although modest, these touches help to lift the cabin and give it the feel of a more expensive model, making the interior a pleasing place to be.

Is it comfortable?

  • Comfortable front seats
  • Very good cabin refinement
  • Platform differs from normal 500

We found the ideal driving position easy to locate thanks to decent adjustability of seat and steering wheel, though you don’t sit as high as you may expect given its off-roader looks. The gearknob on manual cars is a large spherical item that feels odd to use at first, but you soon get used to it.

The 500X is a solid-feeling machine with admirable refinement. Don’t forget, though its name says 500, the X is based on a different platform to the regular small hatchback. It actually shares its underpinnings with the larger Jeep Renegade, and indeed is built on the same production line.

With that in mind it’s actually a better drive, with less noise intrusion – particularly at higher speeds – and it’s easier to get comfortable in the cabin. We found the front seats extremely comfortable if lacking a little lateral support, which is only an issue if you find yourself barrelling into a bend too quickly.

The ride quality is pretty good, with only the larger alloy wheel options you get with plusher versions introducing a little choppiness.

Fiat 500X Sport offers little compromise on comfort

Although making several concessions to a sporty drive, the 500X Sport remains a comfortable car, at least on the Italian roads on our test route. Noise levels are relatively low, with little engine noise at lower revs and wind noise remaining largely absent except at higher motorway speeds.

A big plus with the 500X Sport is the driving position, which is helped by the comfortable and supportive seats as well as the raised seating position, improving the view out for front-seat passengers. Although a small addition, the Alcantara panels on the steering wheel are satisfying to hold too.