You won’t buy the 500X with your head, though; you’ll buy it either because you like its funky looks and quirky interior, or because you loved your 500 but need more space. Either way, those more staid rivals simply won’t cut it, while Mini’s Countryman – which is just as flawed, if not more so – will cost you quite a bit more to buy.
So few of these short, tall SUVs offers much in the way of personality; the 500X is a refreshing change, therefore, and this facelift only adds to its engaging character.
Fiat 500X 1.0 120 City Cross
TESTED 999cc three-cylinder turbo petrol, six-speed manual gearbox, front-wheel drive
PRICE/ON SALE £18,995/now
POWER/TORQUE 118bhp @ 5,750rpm, 140lb ft @ 1,750rpm
TOP SPEED 117mph
ACCELERATION 0-62mph in 10.9sec
FUEL ECONOMY 40.9mpg (WLTP Combined)
CO2 EMISSIONS 133g/km (NEDCc)
VED £140 per year (inc. first year)
VERDICT This isn’t the most polished of these diminutive SUVs; if space, practicality and safety are priorities, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere. But these new engines have given the 500X a much-needed lift, and its big personality will be enough to convince many buyers.
TELEGRAPH RATING Three stars out of five