The Abarth 500X is a real Arlesian. Sometimes announced by some, and imagined by others, the sports version of the Italian urban crossover will never have seen the light of day. The leaders of Fiat having decided to wait and to propose only very recently a 500X with a more muscular silhouette, called Sport.
Judge for yourself: front bumper with specific grid, double exhaust outlet, diffuser (dummy) on the backbody-colored sills and wheel arches, 19-inch wheels (optional) or mirrors and matte gray handles are part of the equipment.
Even more lookee …
Without going as far as the baddies of Scorpio's badged models, it is clear that this 500X Sport makes its small effect. Especially in this red which is reminiscent of a certain mark at the Prancing Horse.
Fiat's will is simple: in order to better withstand a very strong competitionyou have to find a way to attract new customers. Sports-oriented ranges that have proven their worth in competitions – GT Line at Peugeot, RS Line at Renault for example -, the 500X intends to capitalize even more on its main buying criterion, the look.
A successful pencil stroke that allowed him to sell to 70,000 copies in France since its release in 2015, placing it last year in 5th position sales on the segment in France.
… and better armed!
Aesthetic changes that have also been accompanied by some technical retouching. All Badged Sport models see their ground clearance be lowered by 13 mm and their wheels fitted with specific tires Dunlop Sport Maxx usually reserved for GTIs.
And that's not all since the most powerful version, the one equipped 150 horsepower 4-cylinder 1.3 engine associated with the 6-speed DCT double-clutch gearboxa sports suspension reviewed with the adoption of shock absorbers Koni but also a specific direction.
Thanks to its optimizations, Fiat announces less understeer (26%) and less oversteer in the most extreme conditions (-17%). For once, the Italian manufacturer has not lied since the 500X Sport is very alert on the most winding courses, such as the roads in the Grasse hinterland.
The front axle fits perfectly in curve while the posterior stays riveted on the ground. The body movements as well as the roll are well contained and the grip of the tires is bluffing. In short, without being really sporty, the big 500 passes hands down the test of dynamics.
The city again and again its favorite terrain
The good surprise is the depreciation we found more neat on this Sport version than on the Classic 500X. The deformations of the pavement are better filtered, and the suspension, always firm, is more homogeneous especially at low speed.
Alone the gearbox a little lazy (and ridiculous size pallets) driving rhythm would have deserved some small changes. A Sport mode would for example have better management of the engine / gearbox on the most frank accelerations.
Too bad because for the rest, this engine has health. Rather alive at low speeds, it offers enough thrust to take the car to the limits while being gentle at low speed.
It's also in town that the 500X Sport appreciates the most. The fluid box and the light steering (too dynamic driving) make it very pleasant in traffic jams and in small spaces. A car all the more friendly to live that the driver will enjoya slightly sportier indoor environment with the flat wheel (optional Alcantara), the Sport seats or the titanium gray dashboard.
A complete panoply
Styling elements that are also accompanied by many standard driving aids such as Lane Departure Warning, Panel Recognition, Full Led Projectors, Blind Spot Detector, Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Parking Assist, Automatic Climate Control or Screen Navigation 7 inches.
Sport finish is available on all engines in the range, from the 3-cylinder petrol Turbo 1.0 of 120 hp (25,990 €) to our test version 4-cylinder petrol Turbo 1.3 150 hp DCT (28,990 €) through the Diesel 1.3 of 95 hp (25,990 €), 1.6 of 120 hp (27,490 €) and the 1.6 120 hp DCT (28,990 €). An astonishing range of fuel oil and tariffs aligned with those of gasoline, Fiat declaring that the Diesel had a year to do before returning to the garage.