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2019 FIAT 500X: What You Need to Know

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Although the 2019 Fiat 500X has an energetic engine and a stylish cabin, it lands near the bottom of our subcompact SUV rankings because of its subpar predicted reliability rating, firm ride, and cramped rear seats.

Is the Fiat 500X a Good SUV?

The 2019 Fiat 500X is a mediocre subcompact SUV. It has a robust engine and an upscale interior, but it can't compete with rivals that offer gentler rides, roomier cabins, larger cargo holds, and better predicted reliability ratings. Some are more affordable too.

Should I Buy the Fiat 500X?

Given its relatively high base price, the 500X might not give you the best bang for your buck. There are plenty of other small crossover models with bigger appeal. For example, the Mazda CX-3 has athletic handling and much better fuel economy, and the Jeep Renegade offers superior off-road capabilities and a gentler ride.

Should I Buy a New or Used Fiat 500X?

Fiat refreshed the 500X for 2019. All 2019 models now come standard with all-wheel drive, and a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder replaces the engines in older cars. Also, Fiat discontinued the six-speed manual transmission. If those changes are important to you, stick with a new Fiat 500X.

If you’d rather consider a used model, a 2018 500X is a good bet. For 2018, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, which weren’t available in older models, became standard. A rearview camera also became standard, though you may find some older models equipped with one. Be sure to read our 2016, 2017, and 2018 Fiat 500X reviews to help make your decision. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

We Did the Research for You: 24 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the 500X in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like fuel economy estimates and cargo space dimensions with professional evaluations from 24 automotive sources. This Fiat 500X review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which includes the 2016 though 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Fiat 500X Cost?

The 500X has a base MSRP of $24,740. While that's higher than the starting prices of most classmates, keep in mind that this Fiat comes standard with all-wheel drive. Most rivals only offer AWD as an option. The top-level Trekking Plus trim retails for $29,445, which is aligned with the top trims of other subcompact SUVs.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Fiat dealer.

Fiat 500X Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Fiat 500X or Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V is a good subcompact SUV. It trumps the Fiat in most areas, offering more rear-seat legroom, a larger cargo hold, a gentler ride, and higher fuel economy estimates.  It’s more affordable too, starting at around $4,100 less than the 500X. The Fiat has a stronger engine by about 36 horsepower, but that’s not enough to recommend it over the Honda.

Which Is Better: Fiat 500X or Jeep Renegade?

Because it was built on the same platform as the Fiat, the Jeep Renegade closely resembles the 500X. Both vehicles are available with the same engine and transmission, and both have the straightforward Uconnect infotainment system. The Fiat offers a richer cabin and more standard features, but the Jeep has a smoother ride and greater off-road capability. The Renegade has a lower base price by around $2,450, though it doesn't come with standard all-wheel drive as the 500X does. Even the Renegade Latitude trim, outfitted similarly to the base 500X, starts at around $600 less than the Fiat. The Jeep is the better pick.

500X Interior

How Many People Does the 500X Seat?

The 500X seats five people. Cloth seats are standard, and leathery upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats are available.

The front seats are spacious and comfortable. Headroom is good in the back, but legroom is cramped. Thick pillars and a small rear window restrict driver visibility.

500X and Car Seats

This Fiat has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

500X Interior Quality

The 500X has a refined cabin full of soft-touch surfaces and high-end materials.

500X Cargo Space

With 12.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and up to 32.1 cubic feet behind the front seats, the 500X has one of the smallest cargo holds in the subcompact SUV class.

500X Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in this SUV include the Uconnect infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available upgrades include navigation, satellite radio, and an eight- or nine-speaker Beats audio system.

Fiat shares its Uconnect infotainment system with other FCA partners, including Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, and Jeep. The system is one of the most intuitive on the market, though it has some quirks. For example, the clock fails to display the time when the radio is turned off.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

500X Performance

500X Engine: Peppy

The Fiat 500X comes with a 1.3-liter MultiAir turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Power is sufficient for driving this SUV around town and on the freeway. The engine feels lively, and the transmission shifts promptly. However, the engine sounds buzzy under hard acceleration.

500X Gas Mileage: Disappointing

This crossover SUV gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those figures are slightly below average for the class, though it’s worth noting that the 500X comes standard with all-wheel drive, which isn't the case with many competitors.

500X Ride and Handling: Balanced

The Fiat 500X remains composed and stable around turns, but its sporty appeal is limited by numb steering and grabby brakes. Ride quality suffers when driving over uneven roads; you'll feel those road bumps in the cabin. All-wheel drive comes standard.

500X Reliability

Is the Fiat 500X Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 500X a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

Fiat 500X Warranty

The 500X is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

500X Safety

500X Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the 2019 Fiat 500X.

500X Safety Features

The base trim has a rearview camera. Available driver aids include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning with brake assist, automatic braking, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

500X Dimensions and Weight

The 2019 Fiat 500X is 13 feet, 11 inches long and has a curb weight of 3,305 pounds.

Where Is the 2019 500X Built?

Fiat builds the 500X in Italy.

Which Fiat 500X Model Is Right for Me?

Fiat offers the 500X in three main trims: Pop, Trekking, and Trekking Plus. All models have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Fiat 500X Pop

The base 500X Pop has an MSRP of $24,740. Standard equipment includes the Uconnect infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, remote start, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and a rearview camera.

For $595, you can get the Popular Equipment Group package, which adds rear parking sensors and satellite radio. A nine-speaker Beats audio system is available for $695, and a dual-pane sunroof can be added for $1,250. The Blue Sky package costs $1,195 and includes a dual-pane sunroof and blue styling accents.

Fiat 500X Trekking

With an MSRP of $26,245, the Trekking trim gains satellite radio and unique styling elements. Options include the Cold Weather Group package, which costs $295 and adds heated front seats. The Comfort Group package ($795) includes dual-zone automatic climate control and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Leather-trimmed seats are available for $995, and navigation can be added for $695.

Some safety features are available too. The Driver Assistance Group package features front and rear parking sensors for $895, and for $1,395, you can get the Advanced Driver Assistance Group package. It comes with rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, a pre-collision warning and braking system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Finally, there’s the Urbana package. For $895, you can get skid plates and distinctive interior and exterior styling.

Fiat 500X Trekking Plus

The top-of-the-line Trekking Plus trim starts at $29,445. It adds many of the options listed above, including navigation, an eight-speaker sound system, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Options for this trim include the Beats audio system, a sunroof, and a suite of safety features.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Fiat dealer.

The Final Call

The 2019 Fiat 500X isn’t a very good subcompact SUV, and many of its rivals are a better value, offering you more while costing you less. Not only does this Fiat have one of the highest base prices in the class, but it also has a tight cargo hold, a below-average predicted reliability rating, poor fuel economy estimates, and a firm ride. There are some pluses though. It has a capable though noisy engine, premium cabin materials, and comfortable seats.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 FIAT 500X review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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