Fiat unveiled the Urban Cross during the Indian Auto Expo 2016 and launched this car in the market in September 2016. This compact SUV was based on the Avventura crossover and was initially made available to the car lovers at an exciting price tag of INR 6.85 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Both the Avventura and the Urban Cross looks quite similar at the front end. However, the later gets a few cosmetic tweaks in the sides and rear end to make it look sporty. Urban Cross is available in four variants- 1.3 Multijet Active Diesel, 1.3L Multijet Dynamic Diesel, 1.3L Multijet Emotion Diesel, and the 1.4L T-Jet Emotion Petrol. Fiat did not shy away in calling this vehicle ‘Avventura' Urban Cross as they want the automobile owners to know the genes.
Externally, the most striking change of Urban Cross from Avventura is the missing tailgate-mounted spare wheel. It is a welcome and practical change for the riders because manoeuvring the vehicle has become much easy now in tight specifications. Moreover, the boot opens in a hassle-free manner, and the rider does not need to calculate the extra length while reversing the SUV. The exterior styling of Urban Cross gives a Sporty feel with the large skid plate running across the width of the bumper, the front grille has also got a facelift, and you can see the Urban Cross badging at the rear end. The reindeer antler-like headlights, LED taillights, aluminium roof rail, and massive side claddings are also present. You get six exciting colour options in this vehicle- Magnesio Grey, Minimal Grey, Bronzo Tan, Hip Hop Black, Bossonova white, and Exotica Red.
The interior of the Urban Cross also comes with a few tweaks like the omission of the central compass and inclinometer, the introduction of a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with advanced features like SD-card-based navigation, and USB, aux and Bluetooth plug-in options. You may also play a video here; however, the vehicle needs to be in immobile condition with the handbrakes on, keeping in mind the safety of the driver. The steering wheel also has the audio-control options, and the dashboard has a decent soft-touch !
The petrol version comes with an Abarth-tuned 1.4-litre T-Jet motor which is capable of producing 138 bhp@5500 rpm maximum power and 210Nm of peak torque at 2000 to 4000rpm. The 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel variant puts out 92 bhp@4000 rpm power and a maximum torque of 209 Nm@2000 rpm. Urban Cross has a massive 16-inch alloy wheel with the tyre size 205/55 R16. The SUV has forward drive train powered by four cylinders engine and 5-speed manual transmission gear.
Here are the advantages of owning an Urban Cross.
• The SUV has great suspension which offers excellent stability during high-speed driving. It helps to swallow the bumps and potholes in the rough roads. • The Abarth-tuned 142hp turbo-petrol engine makes the car glide through the highways. Urban Cross can zoom from 0-100 kmph within 9.82 seconds which is a remarkable performance for a compact SUV. • The absence of the spare wheel makes manoeuvring and reversing the car much more comfortable. • The infotainment system also got a facelift with the introduction of 5-inch touch screen music and video player.
Here are some of the disadvantages of driving an Urban Cross.
• The diesel engine needs serious upgrades, especially at low speeds. It becomes quite sluggish, and the rider needs to shift down whenever the tacho pointer reaches below 2000 rpm. • The after sales service of Fiat is also not the best in the industry. • Many safety features like ABS with EBD is absent in the Active trim of the diesel version.
Finally, we can say that at a competitive price range it is worth buying Urban Cross if you opt for the Abarth-tuned 1.4-litre petrol variant. However, you need to think twice if you prefer a diesel SUV.