Fiat 500X Hybrid (2022): Grandma finally connects

To sum up

Urban SUV

Slight hybridization

From € 30,290

At Fiat we like to make cars that last a long time. At the very least, we appreciate the fact that they have been in the catalog for a long time. This is the case with the 500X, which was born 8 years ago. Landed in 2014 and redesigned in 2018, it continues its path, from limited series to special series, but what was, at launch, one of the forerunner urban SUVs before almost all brands took up the subject. trying to catch up with a new slightly hybridized engine.

But before you open the hood to discover the new block, a short tour of this 500X is essential. Surprisingly, the small 4.24 m SUV has not aged a bit despite its advanced age. it was, at the time of its creation, the most successful version of the 500, and so it has continued to benefit, moreover, from a restyling at the beginning of the year, from an almost full grid showing the new ” 500 “. “logo like your little sister and in no way spoils the general line.

500 X tries to return to “game“With a hybrid engine, the first for the 8-year-old urban SUV.

In the cabin, the same impression: the dashboard, which takes on the colors of the body, even if it is a rough plastic and too thin, is still just as cheerful and gives a smile to the occupants. However, the center screen shows its age. He looks big and judging, he would swear he’s 12 inches tall like his recent siblings. But when we turn on the light, we find ourselves in front of a small 7-inch slab surrounded only by black. For vintage lovers, the effect is assured and they are driven by the good old days of the early Tom-Toms. Although the current small slab accepts Carplay and Android connections.

An aged interior

They will be comforted with a small 3.5-inch slab nestled between real countertops quite well located. But on the other hand, they will be disappointed with a trunk whose size is no longer up to date as it only accepts 350 l. Like the back seats, honestly nothing more. On the other hand, the roof guard is very respectable and will fit two adults regardless of their size.

The dashboard, always attractive, does not hide an obsolete screen.
The dashboard, always attractive, does not hide an obsolete screen.

Therefore, the cabin of the 500X has aged, but its chassis also dates from the previous decade. If at that time I could no longer compete with the commitment of comfort and road maintenance of a 2008 Peugeot, even less so today. The dryness of the suspensions only corresponds to their trepidation, whatever the coating. Fortunately, the steering is well controlled, even if it does not reach precision levels. And braking does the same thing.

Countertops that have aged well, with a small 3.5-inch center screen.
Countertops that have aged well, with a small 3.5-inch center screen.
A small 7-inch screen hidden in a larger panel.
A small 7-inch screen hidden in a larger panel.

There are two essential elements of this mechanical part: the engine and the gearbox. To hybridize its small SUV, Fiat did not look very far, recovering the elements of the Jeep Compass e-hybrid. Like the American compact SUV, the 500X has a 4-cylinder turbo and 48v hybridization. And like him, he has a little more: an electric motor attached to the Getrag 7-speed automatic gearbox. This little “plus” allows you to drive a little in electric mode. With what autonomy? It is necessary to exclude going shopping in silence, since, during our tests, it was impossible to exceed 5 m in zero emissions mode. According to Fiat management, this is useful when maneuvering. Go for the clean niche.

A disappointing trunk, only 350 l.
A disappointing trunk, only 350 l.
Decent rear seats, but respectable headroom.
Decent rear seats, but respectable headroom.

The interest of this 500 X hybrid, therefore, does not lie in its ability to drive without noise. Is its advantage, then, necessarily in terms of its consumption and its reduction in penalties? As for the latter, the contract is quite complete as it does not exceed 70 euros in basic finish. On the other hand, as far as the consumer is concerned, the case is less relevant. In WLTP max measurements, the manufacturer indicates a combined average of 5.6 l / 100 km. We scored 6.4 l on a route that combines city and road, to exceed 9 on the mountain. The score is not alarming, although some engines achieve the same performance without the support of an electric crutch.

However, the performance is obtained at the cost of a lack of dynamism of the engine that is difficult to hang in the corners, despite a torque of 240 Nm obtained from 1,500 rpm. The box called DCT7 is not very helpful. She tends to get lost between two reports as soon as she’s a little brutalized. Therefore, it is highly recommended to drive the father, which, after all, is the purpose of an SUV, no matter how urban.

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