Test Fiat 500X 1.4 MultiAir 4×2 DCCT: engine, consumption, and behavior

The Fiat 500X finish Cross-Plus is another of many cars that it looks like an off-road vehicle, but it is not. The primo Italian Jeep Renegade is a little more oriented to the asphalt, but the american -although the two are made in Italy – it is the best of its category in the field, especially the Renegade Trailhawk. This defends very well, although it is front wheel drive.

Combines the engine 1.4 MultiAir 140 CV with a automatic dual clutch that Fiat called DCCT, with six gears. In the versions of total traction and automatic change-over uses the box, a nine-speed torque converter. It is not the first Fiat with a box of double clutch, but it is not the more round it has gone.

If you compare the DCCT with other changes of double clutch, like the DSG in the VAG Group, the EDC from Renault or the 7G-TRONIC of Mercedes-Benz, is clearly less smooth, . The changes sometimes occur with minimal hitches, and the driver can realize, without being learned or expert in cars, that the fund has acted even though the speakers are at full volume. In addition, the travel of the lever for the hall is a bit mechanical and clunky, or that is the impression I had of him.

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The lever allows you to manage sequential or fully automatic, there is also a cam behind the wheel. Behind the lever, the roulette of the Mood Selector changes the behavior of the 500X

according to the driving mode, accelerator, gearbox, awd (not the case) and the steering wheel react differently. In this version 4×2 has the mode of movement off-road (All-Terrain), the normal (Auto) and sports (Sport). Of one mode to the other the difference is noticeable to an appreciable extent, on everything from Auto to Sport. In any mode, you can choose the gear ratios at will, if the electronics will allow.

Pisa as a larger car, it seems of another segment

The Fiat 500X is not a SUV suspensions soft that allow rocking, or want maximum comfort. Has a behavior shooting sports, and promptly becomes uncomfortable. It reminds Me in part to the Ford EcoSport Titanium tested a couple of months ago, hard suspension and promptly uncomfortable. The 500X is a little more gentle with the vertebral columns, even if you use wheels of 18″.

Even leading “the attack”, with the Sport mode activated, it is surprising how well it grabs and the confidence that it gives to the driver. It comes to much trust in him that one is just watching in support of 1 G of lateral acceleration (it has an indicator that shows it) and with the wheels beginning to protest the trend subviradora. The wheels of our unit, Goodyear Eagle F1, can hardly be more oriented to driving spirited in asphalt.

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These alloy wheels 18″ are optional, and mounted tires 100% oriented to asphalt

In the day-to-day, the 500X can transmit a lot of imperfections in the passenger compartment, if you ride your bike on asphalt in poor condition, and pass over the shoulders that half of Spain has been placed by there is very little intelligent to 1 km/h more than what mark signals. is Going very well in curve, yes, but it is at the expense of sacrificing comfort in the rest of situations.

Can be a problem for this particular unit, but it seemed to me that the steering wheel was transmitting a lot of roughness on the asphalt, feeling that other colleagues have not had. It may be tires, very structurally reinforced so they don’t have just derived; that explains the step-by-turn so fast that you have. Few cars are better in this category, is above the average.

In the mode of movement outside of the road simply is the to optimize the operation of the traction control when you’re driving through an area that was slippery. Just have a program, in models such as the Peugeot 2008 you can choose specific programs to mud or snow, and anyone who has experienced it knows that they are surfaces that do not have anything to do with it. These “differential smart”, dependent of the brakes, are more effective with the right tires, and with that I am not referring to tires sports (UHP) for on-road pure.

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The engine 1.4 Turbo 140 HP is resolute in its delivery of power, and spends virtually the same as the 1.0 EcoBoost 140 HP of the Ford EcoSport

The engine deserves a commentary apart. With 100 HP per liter, does not have a power very high, but I had the subjective feeling of driving a car of more than 140 CV. With the award-winning cylinder MultiAir engine is very efficient when it asks for little on the throttle, but as we are in spite of a lot of the right foot, the consumption is going wrong a little. To consume less than 6 l/100 km, spinning very very fine.

The Stop&Start it takes a bit to stop the engine to stop

According to the on-board computer, was formed with 6.6 l/100 km in a total distance of 979 miles, although the actual expenditure slightly exceeds the 7 l/100 km, reaching almost 8 l/100 km is Not an expense it is precisely high considering the power that has (and has required). In fact, the EcoSport 140 HP spent virtually the same, with 400 cc and one cylinder less. It said, downsizing no way always.

Is an engine that at high speeds it loses a bit of refinement, which does not have to be a bad feature, there are who likes. It has a character markedly different to when you are going at a low speed in a quiet driving. Not the end of having a sound nice when you are spanking a lot in sporty driving, but at least it sounds, not as the Opel Mokka X 1.4 Turbo 140 HP.

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The expense of petrol is very reasonable for what you are. Rewards a lot of driving, but the diesel spends clearly less

Has brakes that are powerful and determined, anything you step on the pedal already bite the disks, and do it with force. In the power steering and you’ll notice little precision in the central area, the rest of which is well calibrated and has good touch. If you can give us by releasing the steering wheel, relying on the lane-keeping assistants, paste a beep that takes from us the desire to do it again, until it cuts the music. So it should always be, in my humble opinion. The system can correct the trajectory if we want to.

One of your driving aids is the automatic braking, which gives a brief halt to scramble to the driver if you are distracted. At the maximum level of sensitivity is very conservative and alerts you with enough time so that you can educate the driver to pull off most of the other vehicles. So the possibility of accident is greatly reduced. may Not avoid any collision, but decreases its consequences.

In regards to night driving, the xenon headlights (only Lounge and Cross-Plus) illuminate very well, and with the front-facing camera to monitor it is possible to have the automatic lights road. The operation will not be perfect, but on highways lonely is a feature very useful that may actually contribute to safer driving. It is also good to warn of vehicles in the dead angle of the rearview mirrors, does more than illuminate a light bulb, and also warns of cross traffic rear, as coming back.

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The dashboard adds some very useful information on the central screen, such as oil temperature, G-forces or voltage of the battery

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