Now that Fiat only offers this car with its more modern 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre petrol engines, prices have risen, starting at just under £20,000, but that only gets you the base 'Pop' variant. Ideally, you'd want to stretch to something plusher - there's a choice of 'Connect', 'Cross' or 'Sport' trim levels but for one of those, you'll need a budget in the £21,000-£26,000 bracket.
At least equipment is pretty comprehensive. Even the base 'Pop'-spec gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, a 'Techno' leather steering wheel, a 7-inch Uconnect centre-dash infotainment screen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring, manual air conditioning, cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition and a Lane Assist system. The 500X 'Connect' comes with black seats, techno-leather steering wheel with audio controls and 17-inch alloy wheels. It also features dark tinted rear windows, fog lights, LED DRLs, parking sensors and dusk and rain sensors. The 500X 'Cross' debuts new seats with a camouflage-patterned center panel and vinyl inserts, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, roof rack and automatic air conditioning as standard. The 500X 'Sport' completes the range with 18-inch alloy wheels in burnished black, or optional 19-inch wheels, and exclusive matt Fashion grey livery.
The Uconnect centre-dash infoptainment set-up fitted across the range offers real time traffic information and lane guidance, plus Google Play Music, among other music services. Furthermore, customers can stay in touch with Uconnect LIVE services. Users who download the free Uconnect LIVE app from the App Store or Google Play Store to their smartphone can fully exploit the benefits of Uconnect LIVE, including music streaming with Deezer and TuneIn, news from Reuters, plus connected navigation with TomTom LIVE. In addition, they can stay in touch with friends via Facebook check-in and Twitter.