• The 2022 Fiat 500X goes nautical with the Yacht Club Capri special-edition model.
  • A large cloth top offers open-air motoring, and the interior is upgraded with ivory-colored leather and wood accents.
  • Blu Venezia paint, unique 18-inch wheels, and special edition badging give the 500X a striking look.

The 500X was already pretty exclusive for a small SUV—Fiat has only sold 980 of them this year through September—but for 2022 it receives a special Yacht Club Capri model that's sure to be even rarer. The nautical-themed model is based on the Sport trim but includes several upscale touches that push its price over the $34,000 mark.

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All of the Yacht Club Capri models come draped in Blu Venezia paint and wearing 18-inch wheels with color-matched detailing. Bright satin accents on the SUV's bumpers and exterior mirrors look nice against the dark-blue paint. The 500X's panoramic glass sunroof has been swapped out in favor of a power-operated cloth top that provides a larger opening. The cloth top, which Fiat is cleverly calling the Al-Fresco top, is also available on cheaper Pop, Sport, and Trekking models for 2022, but the blue-colored fabric is exclusive to the Yacht Club Capri.

If those changes to the 500X's exterior weren't enough to indicate its specialness, the SUV's B-pillars are adorned with a special Yacht Club Capri badge. The 500X's interior also sees upgrades including ivory-colored leather upholstery with blue piping, a lovely dark wood dash panel, and a gearshift knob with wood and satin trim.

Fiat is no stranger to nautical special editions. In Europe, the 500 minicar was offered with a similar treatment, with design inspiration and branding from yacht builder Riva. A high-performance 500 Abarth was fitted with a Riva-inspired design in 2017, and only 350 were made.

While the 500X Yacht Club Capri isn't nearly as exciting as the 500 Abarth version that precedes it, its new cloth top and unique styling are still kind of cool, and it looks far more stylish than several subcompact SUV rivals. Just how many will find homes in North America remains to be seen, but at the very least, it's a fresh, handsome choice.

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Drew Dorian
Managing Editor, Buyer's Guide

Drew Dorian is a lifelong car enthusiast who has also held a wide variety of consumer-focused positions throughout his career, ranging from financial counselor to auto salesperson. He has dreamed of becoming a Car and Driver editor since he was 11 years old—a dream that was realized when he joined the staff in April 2016. He’s a born-and-raised Michigander and learned to drive on a 1988 Pontiac Grand Am. His automotive interests run the gamut from convertibles and camper vans to sports cars and luxury SUVs.