The 2017 Fiat 500X blends chic Italian design with all-wheel-drive capability and the higher ride height and cargo versatility of a small SUV. Like its rivals the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3 and its Jeep cousin the Renegade, the Fiat 500X is part of a burgeoning group of subcompact-crossover SUVs. Beyond its stylish design inside and out, the 500X also features a host of safety features that can prevent an accident and monitor the vehicle's blind spots. The 500X's sub-$21,000 starting price is also appealing, but this Fiatcrossover SUV suffers from a languid 9-speed automatic transmission, poor resale value and a ride quality that is neither as athletic as a CX-3, nor as comfortable as a Trax.
The Fiat 500X debuted only last year, but Fiat is already simplifying the lineup, cutting trim options to just three: Pop, Trekking and Lounge. A reshuffling of package options aims for more personalization among the lineup.
The 2016 Fiat 500X is an all-new vehicle for Fiat this year. Sharing its basic underpinnings with the
Jeep Renegade, it's the most mainstream vehicle available from the Italian company, and is sure to have broader appeal than the tiny 500 or the oddly styled 500L SUV.
"Moved from the 2014 500Lounge to the 2016 500X trekking with high expectations. Transmission software issues and now a phantom power steering failure at speed (80 mph . . . very scary and safety risk). Frustrated and wanting peace of mind. Dealership is treating us well as expected, however we do not have confidence in this vehicle anymore. We are a Fiat family (have owned 3 different models). Hopefully the next one will raise the bar and be rated higher overall for us."
Pros: "Fun to drive, easy to manuever in traffic."
Cons: "Lack of dealerships."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I was immediately attracted to this car because of its happy look. There is plenty of room inside for 4 adults. I have leather trim, but would have preferred full leather seats if it was available. There's plenty of get up and go power. There is not a CD player, but with 2 USB ports and an AUX plug it's easy to bring in your music. The UConnect phone is excellent. The only thing that takes some getting used to is the 9-speed automatic transmission, as it shifts almost constantly at low speeds. On the road it's great! Engine is the same as Jeep Renegade so Chrysler dealer can easily service when necessary.
Ride & performance very similar to MINI Countryman, at a MUCH lower price."