New 2019 FIAT 500X SUV
FIAT 500X SUV
The 2019 Fiat 500X gets a new look, a new engine and a new lease on life, but its price might be a deal-breaker for some.
2019 FIAT 500X Pricing
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2019 FIAT 500X KBB Expert Review
In the 2019 Fiat 500X, you’ll find a cute compact car loaded with Italian charm that, thanks to its standard all-wheel-drive setup, also happens to be a great year-round driver. Based on the Fiat 500, the 500X is stretched to accommodate two more doors and create a usable rear seat. Compared to the Mazda CX-3, Chevy Trax and Honda HR-V, the 500X delivers the same sporty driving experience and good fuel economy, but at a slightly higher price point. Regrettably, the 500X falls behind its worthy competitors in the area of resale and reliability, which, while getting better, still rates near the back of the pack.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re shopping for a nicely equipped small car in the mid-$20,000 range, but you also need the year-round traction provided by all-wheel drive, the 2019 Fiat 500X deserves a test drive. From its handsome and colorful interior to its peppy new turbocharged engine, the 500X just gets it right.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If strong resale and reliability ratings top your list of must-haves, you’ll likely be happier in a more pedestrian ride like the Honda HR-V, which also offers more interior room. The Jeep Renegade and Subaru Crosstrek make better off-road adventurers, and the Mazda CX-3 a more upscale ride.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, the 500X gets revised front and rear styling, a simplified lineup and a new, 1.3-liter turbocharged engine. Front-drive models are dropped, leaving only three all-wheel-drive grades: Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus. New options include LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and front park assist.
Although the 2019 Fiat 500X delivers a smooth ride and capable handling, it’s no Mini Cooper Countryman. Over minor road imperfections, the 500X feels a bit choppy, although the same can be said of most small-crossover SUVs, save for the excellent Mazda CX-3. The electric-assist power steering isn’t as precise as a good hydraulic setup, and some of our test crew felt the Fiat version was overly numb and unnatural. The new 1.3-liter turbo has pretty good punch, with a best-in-class 210 lb-ft of torque for quick passing maneuvers. Standard all-wheel drive helps the 500X better manage corners, and in snow provides the additional traction needed to avoid getting stuck. The 500X’s once-loathed 9-speed automatic transmission has redeemed itself, with improved shift timing and better responsiveness to manual inputs. Sadly, a feature that would have made this new engine so much fun, the 6-speed manual, is no longer offered.
With settings for Auto, Sport and Traction+, the Fiat 500X’s Dynamic Selector can adjust engine and electric steering response and even the car’s ability to maintain traction. When set to Auto, the system also maximizes fuel economy and helps lessen emissions.
ADVANCED SAFETY SYSTEMS
Although many of these systems are standard on some competitors, we’re happy to see Fiat offering such important driver assists as lane-keeping assist, collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, front park assist and a blind-spot monitor.
One of the best attributes of the 2019 500X is its interior: stylish and surprisingly refined, with soft-touch points, and high-quality controls all sensibly arranged. The front seats are comfortable, and it's easy to find a good driving position. Rear headroom is pretty good, although there's not a lot of legroom. Cargo space expands quickly thanks to fold-down rear seats, and the flip-forward passenger seat helps this little SUV handle items like a surfboard. We also like the optional, configurable color display between the gauges. The space above the dash is occupied by the well-regarded 7-inch Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system.
Fiat wisely chose the sporty and cute 500 as inspiration for its most mainstream vehicle, and the 500X may very well be the best-looking Fiat you can buy in the U.S. outside of the dashing Fiat 124 convertible. With nice proportions and just enough hints of the smaller 500 to make it interesting, the 500X is a sharp-looking compact-crossover SUV. Of the three versions available for 2019, the Trekking models look toughest with their pronounced front fascia that looks like something you'd see on a rugged SUV.
Notable Standard Equipment
For 2019, the 500X lineup consists of the Pop base model, mid-trim Trekking and top-end Trekking Plus. The least expensive 500X Pop is pretty basic, but does have air conditioning, power windows, 6-way-manual-adjust front seats and Uconnect 4 with 7-inch touch screen, rearview camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Bluetooth connectivity is also standard, as are an automatic transmission, the 3-mode Dynamic Selector and all-wheel drive. The Trekking is better equipped, with a rugged exterior treatment, automatic headlights and cornering fog lights, while the Trekking Plus adds LED headlights, leather seating, heated front seats, an 8-way-power driver’s seat with power lumbar, front and rear park assist, navigation and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Notable Optional Equipment
Options are mostly bundled by packages. Trekking models can be equipped with the Advanced Driver Assist Group that brings adaptive cruise control, full-speed collision warning and emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, auto high beams, blind-spot monitor and rain-sensing wipers. Other option packages vary by trim and include leather interior, a Beats Audio system, dual-panel power sunroof and many of the Trekking Plus’s standard equipment. Optional on the Trekking is the Urbana Edition that brings Miron black-painted exterior trim, LED headlights and various black-and-copper accents both inside and outside the car.
Under the Hood
New this year is a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine good for 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. That’s a significant improvement over last year’s 1.4-liter and 2.4-liter engines. The new engine runs smoother than the ones it replaces, and offers best-in-class torque for better acceleration and passing power. There is only one transmission choice: a 9-speed automatic with manual shift control. All 2019 Fiat 500X cars come standard with all-wheel drive.
1.3-liter turbocharged inline-4
177 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
210 lb-ft of torque @ 2,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/29 mpg
The 2019 Fiat 500X Pop has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $26,000 including destination. That's a bit more expensive than a similarly equipped all-wheel-drive version of the Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3. Moving up trims, the Fiat's value proposition doesn't get any better. Mid-trim Trekking models start at $27,290, while the top-line 500X Trekking Plus goes for around $30,500. Start adding option packages and you can push the 500X Pop’s price into the $30,000 range. Style indeed has its price. You can do far better in the aforementioned Honda HR-V or a Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax, Subaru Crosstrek or the Buick Encore. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Fiat 500X's resale value is another black mark against this vehicle, with residuals far lower than the HR-V and Crosstrek.
FIAT 500X Consumer Reviews
August 16, 2018
Great car fit to finish. Very underrated sleeper. Will buy another.
April 02, 2017
Beautiful car and very comfortable
I have the 2016 Fiat 500X in Arte Grigio (lovely cream color) with amazing cream leather and light gray interior. Fiat really does an...
March 14, 2017
Great car to get daughter going off to college
Very inexpensive & with IIHS Top Safety Pick. Bought for youngest daughter to go off to college and has proven to be a big bang for the...
September 25, 2016
Outstanding vehicle & dealership
Overall great vehicle for travelling and good in big cities for parking and parking structures
June 03, 2016
We call my 500x the toaster. I purchased the Trekking model with AWD and sunroof in late February. I've been checking out the 500X since...
April 27, 2016
One of the best decisions ever
Vehicle was purchased in March 2016. You learn to feel the shifts/gears out and you know when to give it a push in eco mode(don't worry...
April 02, 2016
Happy little car makes me smile!
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...
December 29, 2016
Good car. Not Great.
Moved from the 2014 500Lounge to the 2016 500X trekking with high expectations. Transmission software issues and now a phantom power...
August 03, 2015
Based on test drive
This is a review based on an extended test drive of the 500x Lounge. The car is fun to drive. A lot of the things that bothered me...
Au revoir le car
April 23, 2019
Stylish but temperamental
Last June I traded my 2015 FIAT 500 Pop for a 2017 FIAT 500X Pop. The exterior styling of the 500X is well-proportioned particularly in...
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