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Review: 2017 Fiat 500X Lounge AWD – Part 3

Posted in Products with tags on April 12, 2017 by itnerd

The interior of the Fiat 500X Lounge AWD is an interesting mix of looks and materials. Let IMG_0098.JPG

The door for example, has a mix of leather, metal, plastic, and soft touch surfaces. It alos has two things that I’d like to point out…


If you look at the top right of the speaker, you’ll see a Beats Audio logo as Beats powers the audio in the vehicle. I’ll go into more depth on the audio in part 4 tomorrow.


You also get a bottle holder built into the door. This made my wife happy as this is a requirement for any car as far as she is concerned.


The driver’s seat is 12 way power adjustable (the passenger seat is a 4 way manual adjustable seat). Finding the right position is easy enough. But if I could offer up a suggestion, they really need more bolstering. Both seats are heated.


Here you can see the gauge cluster. The speedometer is on the left and on the right is the tachometer. The middle is a sharp looking TFT screen which you can customize to fit your needs. And it was easily visible in all lighting conditions.


You get a leather wrapped “D” shaped steering wheel with controls for everything from your phone to UConnect. The wheel feels great in your hands and is heated.


To the left of the steering wheel are the controls for the headlights, foglights and interior controls. Top tip: Leave the lights in the “Auto” setting so that you never forget to turn them on and be “that person” who forgets to turn them on at night.


The Start/Stop button is on the right side of the steering column.


Here you can see the 6.5″ UConnect screen, and below it the buttons to disable stability control, turn on the hazard lights, and disable ParkAssist. Below that are the HVAC controls. One thing that I should point out is that the dash is a mix of soft touch materials at the top of the dash, plastic that is the same color as the body of the car in the middle of the dash, and black plastic below that. It all makes the interior 500X look interesting.


Here’s a look at the HVAC controls (which are dual zone the set and forget type) and below that is the AUX port and the USB port along with controls for the heated seats and steering wheel.


From the “this is cool” department comes this dual glovebox. I should note that only the lower half has a light in it. But that’s cool with me.


The center console looks really top shelf. Not only do you get two cupholders and an electronic parking brake, but you also get a dial that allows you to go from normal to sport and Traction+ modes. The shifter has lots of leather on it and is easy to reach. In front of the shifter is a cubby. I tried putting my iPhone 7 Plus there and it didn’t fit. Consider that space for change and other small items.


The cupholders are deep enough to hold a Venti sized drink from Starbucks. You’ll also note that the dial for the different drive modes and the cupholders have lighting accents to make them look cool.


There’s a storage area behind the cupholders with a second USB port. I was able to fit my iPhone 7 Plus here.


You get a dual pane powered sunroof above you to let in additional light.


The back seats will fit three kids or two adults. I was able to “sit behind myself” and have enough headroom, but legroom was tight. As I am six feet tall and I set up the driving position for someone of that size, that’s to be expected. The bottom line is that as long as someone in the front seats isn’t over six feet tall, back seat passengers should have room to be comfortable.


The cargo area actually has a healthy amount of room, and you can leverage the 60/40 seats to get more room. On top of that, you can change the height of the floor to give the storage area more depth should it be required.


As you can see, there’s plenty of room in the back as evidenced by the results of a shopping trip this week.


You can fold down the rear seats to get additional space. I should note that they fold almost completely flat.


If you need even more space, the front passenger seat can be folded down as well.


The rear hatch has a handle to make sure your hands stay clean when you close the hatch.

Headroom was JUST adequate for my six foot frame and visibility was excellent from all angles. Everything on the fit and finish front was good as well. I have to say that this is a pretty good interior that I think that buyers will like.

In part four, I’ll look at the technology inside the 500X. Stay tuned!