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2016 Fiat 500X Walk Around


The 500X was penned in Fiat’s design studio in Turin, Italy, so it’s ironic that, if you use some imagination, you can see Audi hatchback lines, especially toward the rear. The shape is more organic and mature than the other Fiat 500 models. The sides are clean, and the roof flows in a gentle arc.

But it’s all Fiat in the front. It looks like the original 500, not like the 500L made in Serbia. It’s got the same cute face, with a clamshell hood and small slit for a mouth. The Trekking models tweak the nose and tail to remain in rugged character.

Interior

Inside the cabin the 500X is neat and clean, while gauges and controls are big and round. The metal trim is body colored, and it looks cool. There’s a decent sized LCD screen that sits on the dash displaying infotainment and other information.

The space and comfort in the front are good. The optional leather bucket seats are firm, with good lumbar but not enough bolstering, and the headrest has an uncomfortable edge.

In the rear, don’t count on much knee or headroom, especially behind tall persons in the front seat, or under the optional sunroof. The new Honda HR-V has way more cabin room.

Cargo space is average for the class, with 50.8 cubic feet behind the front seats. Although the rear seat doesn’t quite fold flat, at least the load floor is low and not too lumpy. The front passenger seatback folds nearly flat, to carry a kayak or whatever. There are 18.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and a height-adjustable cargo floor is available on all models except the Pop.

Rear visibility is pinched by the rear headrests, but the view out the windshield is good thanks to the short hood.

Mainly and memorably, the 500X has wonderful interior trim, never mind one big panel of shiny black plastic on the dash. Buyers can choose the color they want for the dash; we like the vivid orange. The Italian sense of style blows the Honda away.

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