The cabin itself is a funky place, with Fiat’s flair for the dramatic. The Lounge tested featured a bodycoloured dash panel, a nice chunky flat-bottomed steering wheel, excellent front seats with bolstering and the top-range audio system, complete with navigation. I liked the fact the infotainment system takes a page out of Chrysler’s playbook, which means it is one of the easiest systems to navigate between functions and menus. A job well done.
The 500X’s utility is pretty good, delivering 524 litres of cargo space with the 60/40-split seats upright or 1,438 L with them folded. The floor is reasonably flat and the intrusions into the usable space have been kept to a minimum. There is also underfloor storage.
The big plus is the fold-flat front passenger seat. When lowered it allows longer items to be carried within the cabin with the tailgate closed. This eliminates the risk of carbon monoxide entering the cabin.
The 500X is available with two very different engines. The standard unit in the Pop is Fiat’s 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox or optional nine-speed automatic. The rest of the lineup uses Chrysler’s larger 2.4-L Tigershark MultiAir four-cylinder mated to the nine-speed automatic.
While The Tigershark is rated at 180 hp, the 175 lb-ft of torque falls short of the turbocharged engine. In the end,