If you don’t follow the world of motoring too closely (I don’t blame you), you might be surprised to know that Fiat now owns Chrysler. Yes, in the upheaval caused by 2009’s American Carpocalypse, the Italians picked up Chrysler for a song.
Recently the first offspring of that unlikely marriage have begun arriving in South Africa, namely the Jeep Renegade and the Fiat 500X. Both are built side by side in Italy, sharing the same platform and engines.
We reviewed the Renegade a little while ago and it’s safe to say everyone at the Cars.co.za office was pleasantly surprised by the little Jeep. Build quality was superb and even though the price was steep, we thought that maybe, maybe, the Renegade had enough character to sway a few buyers.
Fast forward and we’ve now spent some time with the rather awkward-looking sibling of the Renegade, the Fiat 500X. Fitted with the same 1.4 litre turbo MultiAir motor borrowed from the rest of the Fiat and Alfa Romeo line-up, the 500X is certainly peppy. It’s an eager little terrier around town and build quality is just as impressive as in the Renegade, but somehow it doesn’t feel as refined.
We gave the 500X a thorough once-over in our latest video. Do let us know what you think of the little Italian and whether at about R350 000, you’d actually consider one. While not a bad car at all, the segment that the 500X enters into is well established in SA, with cars like the popular Nissan Juke, affordable Renault Captur and, soon, the Mazda CX-3 all vying for attention.
Fiat 500X Vs Nissan Juke
|Fiat 500X 1.4T Cross||Nissan Juke 1.6T Tekna|
|Price||R344 900||R330 800|
|Engine||1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol||1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol|
|0 – 100km/h|
|Fuel economy||6.0 litres/100km||6.0 litres/100km|
|Boot space||245-910 litres||354-830l|
|Leather upholstery||Partial cloth/leather||Std|