2017 Fiat 500x
With its supermodel-esque lines, exquisite interior, agile handling and affordable price tag, the Fiat 500X is a desirable crossover SUV.
The dual 4-cylinder engine offers less refinement however and lacks in power as well as disappoints in its low MPG rating. The 500X also performed poorly in predicted reliability by coming in last in its class. On the bright side, it redeemed itself somewhat by scoring well in safety ratings.
The base model is paired exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The higher trim levels offer a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine which nicely affords 180 horsepower.
While the Fiat 500X isn’t the best option for its class, it does deserve some love for its showings of high-class style and character as well as its extensive list of optional add-ons for the higher trim levels and smooth ride.
With its base price starting at $19,995 and its fully loaded trim heading to $27,050, that makes this a very affordably priced SUV for its class.
Under the hood is a dual 4-cylindered engine that runs on premium unleaded (while the fully loaded option runs on regular) and has 160 horsepower with 184ft-lb torque.
The fully loaded model features 180 horsepower, 175ft-lb torque 2.4l i4 multiair engine, paired with a 9 speed transmission and AWD.
The base model recieved an MPG of 25/city and 33/highway which is average for its class.
It also comes with towing capabilties, something not always available with these crossover SUVs, albeit not that impressive at 1,000lbs with the 2.4-liter engine and AWD option. This rating allows for towing items such as a kayak, rowboat trailer or a pop-up camper.
The 500X is possibly best made for city driving that demands pep, agile handling, perfect for maneuvering through small roads and squeezing into tight parking spaces. Overall, it allows for a fun, sporty drive intended for those seeking a thrill in their daily ride.
The 2017 FIAT 500X interior comes in 3 styles. Style availability varies by trim level, but the options are: Dark Slate Gray/Pebble Beige, Black, Brown.
The 2017 FIAT 500X exterior comes in 11 color variants. Color availability varies by trim level, but the options are: Rosso Passione, Grigio Graphite, Giallo Tristrato, Bianco Gelato, Arancio, Rosso Amore, Grigio Argento, Blu Venezia, Nero Cinema, Blue Sky Metallic, Bronzo Magnetico.
The 500X received the top rating across the board for safety and boasts a long list of safety features, which awards it one of the highest recommended crossovers for safety.
The predicted reliability for this year\'s Fiat is underwhelming with a rating of 2 out of 5 making it the lowest scoring SUV tested in its class which can make the long-term outlook for this SUV grim.
With the base model starting at $19,995, it makes the 500X one of the most affordable options in its class, but without many decent features. If you\'re interested in a higher trim, you\'re looking at $27,050 which is still decent, all things considered.
The Fiat 500X has its flaws, there\'s no denying that, but if you\'re seeking a stylish crossover with a fine Italian craftsmanship interior, a sporty yet tight ride with an affordable pricetag, you can’t miss out on considering the 500X.
If your priorities are in the realm of safety, nice lines, a fun daily commute and less concerned with gas mileage or cargo space and reliability, this might be the right choice.
The 500X higher trim levels certainly afford many important features and allows for an automatic transmission and small towing capabilities which can be very important to many individuals.
All-in-all, there might be better options out there, and you should definitely give them the chance they deserve also, but the stylish and agile Fiat will not disappoint those seeking an economical compromise for a crossover SUV.