2018 Fiat 500X
Starting at $21,290
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- Highs Cute exterior design, intuitive infotainment system, small size makes it easy to navigate tight spots.
- Lows Handling doesn’t pack much entertainment, modest performance from either engine option, cramped rear seat.
- Verdict If you love the looks, you’ll really like the 500X, but there are sportier and more affordable options out there.
The 2018 Fiat 500X is a grown-up take on the Italian brand’s tiny 500 city car. With its huggable exterior styling and petite dimensions, the 500X is a small SUV for people who don’t want the scale or thirst for fuel of a larger sport-utility. Some rivals are sportier to drive, such as fun-loving Mazda CX-3. Others, including the 500X’s mechanical sibling, the Jeep Renegade, deliver more go-anywhere capability.
What's New for 2018?
For the 2018 model year, the Fiat 500X gains a 7.0-inch touchscreen and rearview camera as standard equipment. Tech lovers take note, the upgraded infotainment system brought with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, too.
- Pop: $21,290
- Blue Sky Edition: $24,285
- Trekking: $24,980
- Urbana Edition: $25,825
- Lounge: $26,810
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Two engines are available in the 500X. The base powertrain consists of a 160-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired to either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. Performance is fine for around-town errands, but passing at highway speed takes time and patience. A 180-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder is optional and comes standard with the automatic transmission. All in all, the two engines are nearly equal in how they perform. The ride is relaxed, and the steering feedback is about mid-pack among other small SUVs.
EPA fuel-economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest numbers on current and older vehicles, visit the EPA’s website and select Find & Compare Cars.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Fiat 500X is an upsized take on the 500 city car, but it’s confined compared to other small sport-utilities. Cargo room measures in at roughly 12 cubic feet behind the rear seatback. Some cheap-looking interior trim detracts from a nicely designed cabin. The seating position allows a driver to get comfortable with a minimum of adjustments. Room in the second row is tight for taller adults, however.
Infotainment and Connectivity
There’s little not to like about the infotainment system in the 500X. The graphics are clear, and scrolling through menus doesn’t distract from the delicate act of actually piloting a car. The 7.0-inch touchscreen is compatible with all-important Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Two USB ports in the dash will keep your smartphone charged and connected. Additional tech options include satellite radio, navigation, and a Beats audio system. A number of driver assistance features are available, including blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings
For more information about the Fiat 500X’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
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