Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The 500X has been with us a few years now - I drove one 18 months ago - but 2018 has seen a much-needed rationalisation of the line-up. It's now down to two spec levels (the Pop and Pop Star) but to celebrate, there is also the Special Edition.
The $32,990 SE is based on the $29,990 Pop Star but Fiat says it has $5500 of extras for a $3000 outlay. The car arrives with 17-inch alloys, six-speaker Beat-branded stereo, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, keyless entry and start, an impressive safety package, active cruise control, sat nav, auto headlights and wipers, leather trim, electric front seats and a space-saver spare.
The Beats-branded stereo is powered by FCA's UConnect on a 7.0-inch touchscreen. The system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bafflingly, CarPlay is rendered in a small red frame, making the icons infuriatingly small. Rather smacks of grasping defeat from the jaws of victory. Android Auto properly fills the screen.
UConnect itself is better than it used to be and is found in everything from a Fiat 500, the 500X's twin-under-the-skin Jeep Renegade, to Maseratis. It's far better than it used to be but here in the 500X is a bit fiddly because the screen area is quite small.