A few weeks ago, I had the absolute privilege to drive the 2016 Fiat 500X through the amazing scenery of Southern California. My first post was about the experience of driving this great car. But, I also wanted to talk about the design and specs of this amazing vehicle.
The 500X is quite roomy and can easily accommodate up to five passengers. Cargo capacity is 18.5 cubic feet with five occupants on board.
The Uconnect infotainment system is available, integrating audio, navigation and climate control functions into one unit. A standard 5.0-inch or optional 6.5-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard is the central component of the system. The FIAT 500X offers available Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking and available LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist.
Take A Look Under The Hood
The 500X is available with a pair of four-cylinder engines. The entry-level engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder unit and a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine is also available. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is found on the list of options. Available All-Wheel Drive gives you greater control in inclement weather. Plus, you will enjoy greater efficiency with the rear-axle disconnect.
The FIAT 500X is the first FIAT vehicle with available All-Wheel Drive in the USA. The available Dynamic Selector traction control system is a three-way drive mode selector that helps you achieve the perfect performance in any situation. For everyday driving, choose Auto mode. For more spirited driving, select Sport mode. Choose Traction + mode to maximize low-speed traction on low friction and off-road surfaces.
5 Models To Choose From
The FIAT 500X is available in 5 different models. Pop, Easy, Trekking, Lounge and Trekking Plus. I was a big fan of the Easy model because it adds front and rear floor mats, deep-tint windows, a height-adjustable cargo floor, a vinyl-wrapped arm rest, sun visors with vanity mirrors, a 5.0-inch touch screen that runs Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, leather upholstery on the shift knob and the steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and Bluetooth connectivity. The 500X Easy is also being powered by the bigger 2.4-liter Tigershark engine.
Occupant Safety And Keyless Entry
With the key fob in the vehicle’s proximity, available Keyless Enter ‘n Go™ automatically unlocks the driver or front passenger door when you pull the handle, or unlocks the liftgate when you press the access button. Once the key fob is inside the vehicle, simply depress the brake pedal and press the Start/Stop button located on the steering column to start the engine. The 500X comes standard with front, knee, side and curtain airbags plus electronic traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, electronic stability control and hill start assist.
The all-new 2016 Fiat 500X is an amazing addition to the FIAT lineup in North America. It combines authentic Italian design and engaging driving dynamics that is synonymous with the FIAT brand.
Which 500X Do You Want To Drive?
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