2017 Fiat 500X

Pros: Eye-catching Eurocentric styling; good selection of available comfort and safety features; lower trim levels are competitively priced

Cons: Ride is rather stiff; balky 9-speed transmission can be slow to downshift; some middling interior trim

CG Says: The 2017 Fiat 500X is little changed after its introduction last year. The Easy and Trekking Plus trim levels have been dropped this year. The Fiat 550X is a subcompact-sized crossover SUV that seats five. The 500X is similar in size, shape, and styling to the 500L compact wagon, but it offers all-wheel drive and a raised ride height. The 500X shares its basic platform with the Jeep Renegade, but it has a distinctly more urban, European feel. The 500X model lineup ascends through whimsically named trim levels: Pop, Lounge, and Trekking. The base Pop model has a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Optional on Pop and standard on Lounge and Trekking is a 2.4-liter turbo four with a nine-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available only with the 2.4-liter motor. The uplevel Lounge models are a bit more luxurious, while the Trekking models have a similarly upscale but more rugged feel. The 500X offers a broad array of comfort and safety features, such as heated front seats and steering wheel, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, blind-spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, lane-departure warning, rear-obstacle detection, and forward-collision warning. The 500X offers spunky styling, a good selection of rare-for-the-class features, and laudable fuel economy, all at competitive prices. The nine-speed automatic transmission often feels clunky and sluggish, and some of the interior materials feel a little cut-rate, but the 500X still makes a decent case for itself in the growing subcompact SUV class.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Fiat
Nation of Manufacture Italy
Base Prices Pop: $19,995
AWD Pop: $23,890
Trekking: $23,335
AWD Trekking: $25,235
Lounge: $25,135
AWD Lounge: $27,035

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder (Pop)
Horsepower
160
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
180
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30