How to spec: Fiat 500X

We saw earlier today that Fiat’s Mopar accessories division has launched a plethora of goodies for the Fiat 500X crossover.

In the interests of *ahem* research, I immediately went to the Fiat website to scrutinise the many options available and their effect on the 500X on the ‘site’s configurator. And in the process, came up with what I reckon is the ideal spec.

Got to the basics right to start with, and the ruggedised Off Road Look styling pack suits the 500X much better than the chicified Urban Look. Cross Plus is the top spec, with a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, DAB radio, dual zone climate control and keyless entry. Common sense dictates the 1.6 Multijet diesel engine, which musters 120bhp and returns 68.9mpg.

So, we’re starting off with a Fiat 500X 1.6 Multijet II 120 Cross Plus, costing £21,845. Wheels are the standard 18-inch Trekking items. Ice White paint costs £350 and goes with some of the Mopar bits we’ll get to later. I’ve been a bit extravagant with the interior, speccing £900 of tobacco brown leather. Just because I like brown leather.

Too that, I’ve added the Winter Pack (heated windscreen and steering wheel – £150), Visibility Pack (automatic lights and wipers, heated door mirrors, electrochromatic rear view mirror – £200), Electric Pack (electric front seats – £450), DAB radio (£100) and heated front seats (£175).

Then we get into the Mopar catalogue. There’s a surprising amount of sensible, practical stuff like bike carriers and boot dividers. I don’t really care about that, but the detachable towbar (£360) could be useful.

No, the frivolous stuff is much more interesting. Though the fragrance dispenser and make up bag might be going a bit too far. I’ve actually ended up keeping it simple but bold, with bright red detailing: big stripe across the top with 500X script on the roof, stripe across the top of the doors and rubbing strip insert at the bottom. I tried all sorts of combinations with these and the red mirror covers and lower door stripe. To my eyes, this is the best compromise. Total price, £422.

Lastly, we have beige and bronze-coloured keys at £43. Because why not?

That takes us to a total of £24,995. Which is a lot to pay for a small crossover. But I suspect not many people will buy a 500X on a completely rational basis; it’s that kind of car. And if you’re moved to part with you hard earned to buy one, now you know how to spec it.

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