Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The Popstar is one step up from the bottom of the 500X range, which starts with the $26,000 Pop manual and ends with the $38,000 CrossPlus via the $37,000 Lounge.
It certainly doesn't feel like it's well over 1.3 tonnes.
The 500X Popstar pootles on to your driveway in an Italianate manner with 17-inch alloy wheels, a six speaker stereo with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, air-con, reversing camera, keyless entry and start, rear parking sensors, cruise control, sat nav, auto headlights and wipers, front fog lights, leather wheel and gear selector, heated and folding mirrors and cloth trim.
Metallic paint - like our Toscana Green - adds anything from $500, up to $1800 for Pearl Red. Four of the 12 available colours are free, three come in at $500, two at $1500 and one at $1800. The panoramic sunroof weighs in at $2000, leather seats at $2500 and an Advanced Tech Pack (auto emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and lane keep assist) for $2500.
Our car had the metallic paint and the sunroof, bringing the total to $34,500. You can drop a shedload more if you dip into the Mopar brochure which has decals, mouldings, sticker packs, luggage organisation systems, wheels and probably gutter twangers if you look closely enough (that last item is a lie).
(It's worth noting that at the time of writing, the Popstar was available for $29,000 driveaway with three years free servicing - that seems like better value)