Review of the new 2022 Fiat 500 X Hybrid

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The 500X does not quite live up to the driving pleasure characteristics of the 500 city car and is far from being the most comfortable in its class. However, a lot will be sold on the appearance alone and the option of the “Dolcevita” model with a fabric ceiling really adds some flair to the range.

The Fiat 500 was one of the top ten best-selling cars in Europe last year, and for good reason. The old town car has a charming atmosphere and is fun to drive and is now presented with a very important pure electric variant.

In theory, the larger 500X should be more popular because it has the added appeal of SUV practicality and is still very fashionable inside and out. And while there isn’t an all-electric model, there is an option for a light hybrid.

Its appeal should be enhanced by this special edition (RED), a trim level made in partnership with the international AIDS charity RED. It costs £1,000 more than the standard Dolcevita, but adds the normally optional Comfort Package, red dashboard, red power-adjustable door mirrors and red seat tubes.

Under the hood, our car uses Fiat’s latest ‘Firefly’ mild-hybrid 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a 48-volt belt-driven starter alternator and an integrated 15kW battery pack. Unfortunately, it’s not the most affordable small hybrid SUV on sale — fuel consumption of 46.8 mpg is only 3.5 mpg higher than the 120bhp 1.0-liter non-hybrid model, while the Ford Puma mild-hybrid seven-speed automatic will claim a 49.6 transmission. mpg in comparison.

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Either way, the combined engine now develops 128 hp and 240 Nm of torque, which means 0-62 mph takes 9.4 seconds, a second faster than the old model and quick enough to hook up a Puma hybrid.

Don’t think the 500X has the Puma or most of its other competitors outperforming its driving pleasure. It’s not the most responsive when you need some acceleration because the dual-clutch transmission is annoyingly slow in gear revving.

In cornering, there is surprisingly little body roll, although the steering doesn’t inspire much confidence. It’s quick enough to respond, but it’s somewhat dope and quickly ignores the 500X if I hold the speed in a turn.

The Fiat 500X is even happier when you’re traveling at low speeds in the middle of towns and cities, where light steering and a raised driving position combine for easy driving. There is a little rattling for the gasoline engine at lower speeds, but if you’re going slow enough, the 500X will only run on electric power.

Riding comfort is not on the same level as competitors from the VW group, such as the Seat Arona and Skoda Kamik, but the 500X’s suspension does well in handling severe potholes and bumps in the road around town. However, the chassis, which is shared with the Jeep Renegade, can feel a little flat at higher speeds.

The interior of the 500X is positive and many will be familiar to Fiat 500 drivers. Step inside and you’ll find glossy plastic on the dashboard (you can choose different colors) and 500 badges. There are almost no hard edges and it can still feel fun and retro, unlike the dark and gloomy interiors of its SUV competitors. They also look very durable and hold well together.

Granted, the technology shown isn’t cutting edge. The 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system includes built-in satellite navigation, DAB radio, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard, but the rear-view camera display clearly features an old portable Nintento Gameboy console. However, the steering wheel-mounted buttons are still intuitive, and the air conditioning is figuratively and literally a breath of fresh air thanks to the use of physical controls instead of the touchscreen systems of some competitors.

We’d like more storage space in the cabin, but there’s plenty of room for passengers in the front and back. Choose the Dolcevita and the headroom in the rear will be significantly reduced due to the full-length perimeter of the fabric sunroof. However, practicality is boosted by the Comfort Package, which adds an adjustable front armrest, powered lumbar support and a rear USB port.

Trunk capacity is just 350 liters, 72 liters less than you might get in a Nissan Juke or Renault Captur, and 106 liters less than a Puma. The rear seats fold easily, however, to allow for a much more acceptable 1,000 liters of load space.

The hybrid compact SUV is still relatively lightweight on the ground, but the Puma remains a strong contender, and the upcoming Nissan Juke Hybrid should have plenty in the armory to become a force in this segment. This leaves the Fiat 500X Hybrid already feeling a little dated, even with this new powertrain, and it’s not exactly cheap either with prices starting at £27,595.


Fiat 500 XMHEV (Red)




1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder + electric motor


128 HP / 240 Nm

0 to 62 mph:

9.4 seconds

maximum speed:

121 mph


46.8 mpg

Carbon Dioxide:

129 g/km

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