2017 FIAT 500X SUV

City mpg:
25
Highway mpg:
33

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2017 FIAT 500X SUV Overview

The standard features of the FIAT 500X Pop include 1.4L I-4 160hp MultiAir intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2017 FIAT
500X SUV

Starting at: $19,995

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 160hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 72.0mm x 84.0mm (2.83" x 3.31")
  • Compression ratio - 9.80 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,346kg (2,967lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,940kg (4,277lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,247mm (167.2")
  • Exterior body width - 1,796mm (70.7")
  • Exterior height - 1,603mm (63.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,570mm (101.2")
  • Turning radius - 5.5m (18.1')
  • Front legroom - 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Rear legroom - 884mm (34.8")
  • Front headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Rear headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,354mm (53.3")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,326mm (52.2")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,379mm (54.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,341mm (52.8")
  • Passenger volume - 2,835L (100.1 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 399 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,127 L (40 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.4
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 160hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 28mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 13.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 25mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 33mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 215/60HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 215/60HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Pop 2017 FIAT 500X SUV Pop Search New $19,995   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  25 / 33  
Trekking 2017 FIAT 500X SUV Trekking Search New $23,350   180-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  22 / 30  
Pop 2017 FIAT 500X SUV Pop Search New $23,890   180-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 29  
Lounge 2017 FIAT 500X SUV Lounge Search New $25,150   180-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  22 / 30  
Trekking 2017 FIAT 500X SUV Trekking Search New $25,250   180-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 29  
Lounge 2017 FIAT 500X SUV Lounge Search New $27,050   180-hp 2.4L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 29  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The ingredients for fun might be there, but with only one year of development since the debut, more time is needed. We like the ride and handling, as well as the 6-speed manual gearbox, but it only comes with the Pop, whose 1.4-liter turbo doesn’t have enough power for any kind of authority.

The 2.4-liter engine in the Trekking and Lounge delivers good performance and fuel mileage, but its 9-speed automatic needs more tweaking. We’ve tested this powertrain in the Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler 200, where it feels the same, maybe worse.

The engine is mostly smooth if not especially free-revving, and has enough power to easily propel the car’s 3100 or so pounds, but the transmission lets it down. It’s slow to upshift in the two lowest gears and slow to downshift unless it’s in Sport mode. Paddleshifters would help in these situations, but they’d be a waste the rest of the time.

Trekking and Lounge models have the Dynamic Drive system with Auto, Sport, and Traction+ modes, which change the throttle response, transmission response, and steering resistance.

The 500X feels perky, with quick but light steering (although lacking feedback) and commendable responsiveness, both around town and on the highway. The ride is firm on a strut-type suspension, with good road manners for the class, even with the optional 18-inch wheels. Its cornering is composed despite having a body that’s tall for the wheelbase. But of all the dynamics, the feel of the brakes might be best.

Walk Around

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Although it was designed in Italy, the profile of the 500X looks a bit Audi-like, which is to say mature, with clean sides and a gentle arc to the roofline. It keeps Fiat familiarity its chrome mustache, clamshell hood, and stacked twin headlamps.

The Trekking has more rugged front fascia and its own wheels, but the same driving personality.

Interior Overview

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The cabin is neat and clean, with big round gauges and climate controls, and a medium-sized LCD screen in the dash for infotainment and camera displays. The materials are nice. Despite a shiny swath of black plastic on the dash, we think the colorful trim makes the 500X cooler than almost all of its rivals. It makes the Honda HR-V look like the interior was styled by accident.

Comfort in front is generally good. The seats are firm, with good lumbar support and limited bolstering, but fit larger passengers. The optional leather seats could use more definition at the bottom and less at the headrests, which have an uncomfortable edge. But there’s a nice knee pad on the side of the center console.

Two adults can fit comfortably in the rear, although kneeroom is scant with the front seats pushed back; same with headroom if the optional panoramic moonroof is fitted. The Honda HR-V has more room in rear.

The cargo space is reasonable, with 18.5 cubic the second row and 50.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded almost flat. But again, the HR-V beats it, with Honda’s fold-away Magic Seat. The 500X is about five inches shorter than the 500L, but it’s a bit wider and better packaged, so it has almost as much interior room, as much as most of its rivals.

The Trekking and Lounge models have an innovative height-adjustable cargo floor that works with a flat-folding passenger seat to enable carrying big and long things like outdoor toys.

Noise in the cabin is fairly low except at full throttle or the revs that 80 mph require.

Summary

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We can’t really recommend either powertrain. The problematic 9-speed automatic is a dealbreaker. That said, the Pop might be a charmer for some, who might love the little 1.4-liter turbo and 6-speed gearbox, for $20k. Everything else about the 500X works, including its crossover versatility, compared to the tiny 500.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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The 2017 Fiat 500 X comes in three models: Pop ($19,995), Trekking ($23,335), and Lounge ($25,135). The Pop comes with the 1.4-liter turbo and 6-speed manual, while the 2.4-liter is optional; the others come standard with the 2.4-liter and 9-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available with the 2.4-liter engine, for $1900.

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