Looks – 7/10
You need only glance at this car to know which family it is a part of. The ‘500-like’ touches are obvious, but the whole car feels more beefed up. The Off-road look 500X gets plastic trim around its lower edge, and contrasted against the Passione Red paint created a rugged appearance. At the front the lights are very much reminiscent of the 500. To the side you get 17-inch, two-tone snowflake alloys and silver roof rails and door handles. To the rear the silver boot trim and chrome tail light surrounds are nice touches, whilst the overall feel is that of a 500 that hit the gym. The 500X is a successful design because, unlike its sibling, it doesn’t lean towards one gender. I don’t think I’d be the first to say that the regular 500 is a little bit ‘girly’, but this Schwarzenegger version just isn’t.
On the inside, it’s very much the same. The seats, steering wheel and dashboard design are similar to that of the 500, but bigger. If I could sum up the cabin in one word it would be “grey”. The half leather eco-seats are dark grey, the dashboard is dark grey, and the plastics are all dark grey. There is a lack of any contrast. On one hand I understand; this is a crossover that is supposed to be rugged. But to live with every day some lighter plastics or shiny trim would have just been a little nicer. I like the dial pods, and the curvaceous multimedia pod which sits like it’s melting into the dashboard. The retro door handles suit the 500, as do the big buttons on the dashboard. Although I’m a little uncertain on the ‘eco-leather’ I do like the seats, with “500” stitched in white (some contrast!) and circular headrests.
Total Score – 40/50