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2018 Fiat 500X

$19,995 - $27,415
Price Range (MSRP)
Fiat 500X

2018 Fiat 500X Review

by Roger Biermann

The 500X is a subcompact crossover SUV, rivaling the likes of the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade and available with two engine options for 2018. The entry-level Pop model, if selected in FWD, has a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed manual transmission. If optioned in AWD it receives a 2.4-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine, which produces 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, both of which are automatically equipped as the only offering on higher trims. With ample levels of comfort, and styling inspired by the diminutive 500 microcar, can the 500X give Fiat the crossover rival needed to conquer the market, or will it forever live in the shadow of other brands?

2018 Fiat 500X Changes: What’s the difference vs 2017 500X?

Fiat has made minimal changes to the 500X for 2018, with only a few upgrades to the standard infotainment system and the addition of the now mandatory rearview backup camera. The Uconnect Four system is now standard on all 2018 Fiat 500X models and includes a seven-inch touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

Pros and Cons

  • Ergonomically sound interior
  • High-quality cabin materials
  • Easy to use tech features
  • Appreciable safety features
  • Effective sound insulation
  • Transmission is clunky and easily confused
  • Moderate fuel economy estimates
  • Confined rear cabin and cargo area
  • Lackluster base engine

500X Exterior

The Pop is fitted with 16-inch aluminum wheels as standard, upsized to 17-inch wheels with the 2.4-liter engine and all-wheel drive. Additionally, the Pop features lower body cladding, chrome accents, projector headlights, and power, heated exterior mirrors with turn signals. The Trekking model is kitted with rugged front and rear fascia and lower body cladding, satin silver accents, cornering front fog lamps, automatic projector headlamps, deep-tint sunscreen glass, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Featured on the Lounge are also 17-inch wheels, lower body cladding, and chrome exterior accents, including bottom window trim.

2018 Fiat 500X Front View Driving
2018 Fiat 500X Front View
2018 Fiat 500X Front View
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Dimensions

In its lightest form with the 1.4-liter engine, the 500X carries a curb weight of 2,989 pounds which increases to 3,124 lbs with the 2.4-liter engine option as the heaviest alternative. However, regardless of engine and drivetrain, all models present a total width of 79.7 inches and a total height of 63.1 inches: the Pop and Lounge share a length of 167.2 inches while the Trekking is 168.2 inches in length as a result of its unique front and rear fascia design. Ground clearance measures seven inches and, while the 500X's wheelbase of 101.2 inches contributes to the crossover's versatility without compromising nimbleness.

Exterior Colors

Each 500X trim offers a variety of exterior colors. The Pop has a palette of ten colors, including Black, Graphite Gray, Gray Metallic, Blue Metallic, Light Copper, Red Hypnotique, and for an additional $1,000, Tri-Coat Yellow. However, not all colors are available on all trims, with the Blue Sky Edition coming in Black, Graphite Gray, Blue Sky Metallic, or White. The Trekking is available in 12 colors with additions of Amore Red Metallic and Red Metallica, while the Urbana Edition is limited to Black, Graphite Gray, Blue Sky Metallic, Light Copper, and White.

  • Giallo Tristrato (Tri-Coat Yellow), Build Out:03/06/2018
  • Rosso Amore (Tri-Coat Red), Build Out:05/11/2018
  • Rosso Amore (Tri-Coat Red), Build Out:12/06/2017
  • Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat)
  • Blue Sky Metallic
  • Grigio Graphite (Graphite Gray)
  • Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat), Build Out:07/12/2018
  • Arancio (Orange), Build Out:05/09/2018
  • Blu Venezia (Blue Metallic)
  • Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic)
  • Rame Chiaro (Light Copper), Build Out:03/06/2018
  • Rosso Passione (Red Hypnotique Clear Coat)
  • Amore Red Metallic

500X Performance

The 500X range is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, like many crossovers on the market. But if it's the most potent you're looking for, opt for either the Pop in AWD guise or any of the higher trims, all of which are equipped with a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The 2.4-liter engine outputs 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque but achieves a 0-60 mph sprint of 8.4 seconds, on par for the segment, but utterly beaten by the 6.9 seconds of the Nissan Juke.

Maximum towing capacity is rated at around 1,000 pounds for the 500X, which is below average within the subcompact SUV class. The Jeep Renegade carries the same towing capacity while the Honda HR-V has an unbraked towing capacity of around 1,100 lbs and braked towing capacity of around 1,700 lbs.

2018 Fiat 500X Front View Driving
2018 Fiat 500X Rear View Driving
2018 Fiat 500X Wheel

Engine and Transmission

The entry-level 500X FWD Pop has a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, while mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The AWD Pop, as well as all Trekking and Lounge models, are equipped with a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine producing 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The 1.4-liter engine boasts higher torque figures but ultimately lacks the power to carry the hefty 500X comfortably. The six-speed manual gearbox also feels smoother and more polished than the nine-speed auto gearbox, which feels clunky and unrefined, and falters at any attempt to improve fuel efficiency.

With either the 1.4-liter turbo or 2.4-liter, acceleration from a standstill is mediocre at best, with the 2.4-liter only showing decent vigor at mid-range to highway speeds for adequate passing power and comfortable highway cruising, while the turbo 1.4-liter's lackluster power is exhibited throughout. At lower to mid-range speeds, the six-speed manual still feels more responsive and refined than the nine-speed auto, however, as the nine-speed constantly hunts for gears, but never actually finds the right one. Furthermore, it doesn't make use of the ninth gear, even at highway speeds with a light throttle application.

  • Engines
    1.4-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, 9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Overall, drive quality in the 500X is good, the only setbacks being the lackluster acceleration and overly firm suspension which, along with the 500X's short wheelbase, can make for a rougher ride quality over uneven terrain. On smooth roads, the ride is perfect, with the 500X providing a tautness and a great sense of connection with the road surface. But on broken pavement, there's a choppier quality to the ride with smaller imperfections permeating the ride substantially.

Other than that, the 500X feels sportier than rivals such as the more rugged Jeep Renegade and delivers better grip and balance for superior handling dynamics and minimal body roll on turns. It behaves more like a large hatchback than a true crossover, this despite the seven inches of ground clearance.

With the AWD variants, the 500X receives a three-mode dynamic selector with an Auto Mode, Sport Mode, and Traction+ Mode. The Auto Mode is designed to smooth things out to help optimize fuel efficiency, emissions, and comfort for everyday driving. The Sport Mode slightly improves road feel and control by tuning up the electronic stability control and steering calibrations, also resulting in a sportier feel and faster driving responses. It also optimizes the nine-speed auto transmission's shift points for improved performance and accelerator feel in both the front-wheel and all-wheel drive models. The Traction+ Mode maximizes low-speed traction for better control over rougher terrain by providing additional wheel-slip through the specially tuned chassis controls and more direct engine response to aid the crossing of poor terrain.

500X Gas Mileage

The 500X performs most efficiently equipped with the base-level turbocharged 1.4-liter engine and manual six-speed gearbox driving the front wheels, earning EPA estimates of 25/33/28 mpg in city/highway/combined driving cycles respectively. Equipped with the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine, automatic nine-speed transmission, and the all-wheel-drive powertrain, those EPA estimates decrease to 21/29/24 mpg. The FWD Trekking model with the 2.4-liter engine earns EPA estimates of 22/30/25 mpg. All trims are equipped with a 12.7 gallon gas tank, which, with the turbo engine, takes premium unleaded fuel. Regular unleaded fuel is recommended for the 2.4-liter engine. On a full tank, the 1.4-liter FWD Pop manages the greatest range, with up to 355-miles achievable in mixed driving conditions.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    12.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/30 mpg
* 2018 Fiat 500X Blue Sky Edition FWD

500X Interior

Overall the interior of the 500X is distinctive and well-made, with high-quality materials and easy-to-use modern technology and controls. Comfort is key in the 500X with well-cushioned and spacious seating throughout and power accessories and a well-insulated, quiet cabin. The Pop features a 3.5-inch black-and-white cluster display while the Trekking and Lounge feature 3.5-inch full-color cluster displays. With the Lounge also comes heated front seats and a heated, premium, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Pop features height adjustable front seats and the Trekking includes a four-way lumbar adjuster in the driver seat; the Lounge receives a power eight-way driver seat with four-way lumbar adjustment.

2018 Fiat 500X Dashboard
2018 Fiat 500X Seat Details
2018 Fiat 500X Seat Details
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Seating and Interior Space

The 500X is a four-door crossover SUV seating five occupants in reasonable comfort. With both the front and rear cabin seats, cushioning is thick and the seat bottom longer than usual, improving comfort for taller occupants. Head and legroom in the front cabin are accommodating of six-foot-tall drivers and passengers, while legroom in the rear cabin becomes a tad confined but still usable by adults under six-feet tall. The versatile seating adjustments in all trims position the driver ergonomically behind the steering wheel, pedals, and other controls, with ample all-around visibility. The tall proportions also afford a commanding view of the road, while the step up into the cabin makes ingress and egress easy.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Within the Pop trim, you'll find a body-color dash panel and black interior with black cloth bucket seats. The Blue Sky Edition Pop has a distinctive blue instrument panel and blue patterned cloth seats and a black interior, while the Trekking has premium cloth seats in black with a black interior. Leather-trimmed bucket seats are available in black or brown. The Lounge offers brown or dark slate gray premium cloth low-back bucket seats, a black interior, and body-color dash panel. The steering wheel and shifter knob in all three trims are leather-wrapped.

500X Trunk and Cargo Space

A moderate assortment of in-cabin storage compartments is present throughout, including spacious door pockets with bottle holders up front and in the rear, two cupholders between the front seats along with a compact storage cubby below the armrest. The dashboard has a dual-split glove box setup with a small upper compartment and more spacious lower compartment, and finally, there is a tiny storage cell in the front-center of the front cabin.

The trunk holds a decent cargo space of around 14.1 cubic feet, about enough room for light luggage for a family of four on a summer weekend getaway. With the 60/40 split-folding rear seats folded down that space increases to around 50.8 cubic feet, versatile enough for transporting a variety of cargo.

2018 Fiat 500X Luggage Space
2018 Fiat 500X Luggage Space with Storage Box
2018 Fiat 500X Luggage Space with Storage Box

500X Infotainment and Features

Features

The 500X Pop boasts a 3.5-inch black-and-white cluster display, heated mirrors, remote locking and unlocking, a rearview camera, cruise control, air conditioning, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise control buttons. The 2.4-liter engine option includes remote engine start, a center armrest, and keyless entry and ignition. The Trekking and Lounge have a 3.5-inch color cluster display, deep-tint sunscreen glass, and an adjustable cargo floor. The Lounge also has dual-zone automatic temperature control, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power eight-way driver seat with four-way lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, and a windshield wiper de-icer.

Infotainment

The infotainment system in the 500X is one of the more superior systems in the crossover SUV segment. It comprises a six-speaker sound system with seven-inch touchscreen display loaded with the Fiat Uconnect Four software, allowing for voice command, hands-free calling and Bluetooth audio streaming along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. GPS Navigation and SiriusXM satellite radio are available as optional extras. The media hub includes a USB host flip and there is a dual remote USB port for charging only. The steering is mounted with audio and cruise controls for ergonomic use. The available Beats Audio premium sound system includes eight speakers and a subwoofer for studio-quality sound.

500X Problems and Reliability

The 2018 500X has not been subject to any recalls and no complaints have been logged by drivers for this year's model. It should be noted that the 500X has only been available to the US market for a very short duration as the crossover SUV debuted in 2014. On the grounds that the 500X has borrowed the same underpinnings as the Jeep Renegade, the reliability ranking of the 500X is expected to be reasonably good. Both basic and powertrain warranties of four-years/50,000-miles are offered by Fiat with the 500X, along with four-years/unlimited mileage roadside assistance.

500X Safety

Thus far, the NHTSA has not crash tested any variant of the Fiat 500X. The IIHS has, however, crash-tested the 2018 500X model, which scored the best possible results of Good in most evaluations, except in the headlight tests, in which it scored the worst possible results of Poor.

Key Safety Features

Standard safety features include electronic roll mitigation and stability control, hill start assist, a ParkView rear backup camera, tire pressure monitoring display, and high beam daytime running headlamps. The airbag consignment includes advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental front seat side airbags, side-curtain airbags, and a driver's knee airbag, taking the total to seven. LATCH child seat anchors are equipped in the rear of the cabin, while front height adjustable seat belts make up the remainder of the safety systems. Available on the Trekking and Lounge trims, the Advanced Safety Package is required to make the most of the 500X's safety, equipping forward collision avoidance with auto-braking, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear park sensors, and lane departure warning.

Verdict: Is the 2018 Fiat 500X a good SUV?

For the segment, the 500X is a decent crossover SUV, mostly by virtue of its high quality, ergonomic and spacious cabin and an array of standard safety features. For these reasons the 500X is more than suitable for long distance traveling, and a young family will enjoy the comfort and versatility of the subcompact SUV.

In terms of performance, with the 2.4-liter engine, the 500X exhibits peppier acceleration and impressive handling dynamics in comparison to rivals in the class. On the downside, however, the larger 2.4-liter engine, along with the weight of the 500X, is detrimental to fuel efficiency, and the nine-speed automatic transmission doesn't help things along either. This transmission also does not feel as smooth as alternative transmissions in rival vehicles.

Where the 500X scores highly though is style, giving buyers impressive dynamics in a chic Italian package that lives up to the 500 moniker. While others may be more accomplished all-around, the 500X is worth a look if you're in the market for something that isn't a Honda.

What's the Price of the 2018 Fiat 500X?

The entry-level Pop carries a starting MSRP of $19,995, from there the mid-tier Trekking presents a slightly increased price of $23,685, and for a further marginal increase, the range-topping Lounge has a starting MSRP of $25,515. All given prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, and Fiat's $1,295 destination charge, and any dealer incentives that may be worth hunting around for.

2018 Fiat 500X Models

For 2018 the Fiat 500X comprises three varying trims, including the entry-level Pop, the well-equipped Trekking and the fully-loaded Lounge.

The Pop model, if equipped with the FWD powertrain, is equipped with 16-inch wheels, has a six-speed manual gearbox and a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 160 hp and 184 lb-ft. If optioned in AWD the Pop receives 17-inch wheels, a nine-speed automatic transmission and a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 180 hp and 175 lb-ft. It comes standard with projector headlamps, cloth seats, air conditioning, and a six-speaker sound system.

The Trekking has 17-inch wheels and the 2.4-liter engine coupled to the nine-speed auto gearbox as standard. As opposed to the Pop it has unique rugged front and rear fascia and lower body cladding, cornering front fog lamps, automatic projector headlamps, and a color instrument cluster display.

The Lounge offers a more comprehensive range of features including dual-zone automatic temperature control, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power eight-way driver seat with four-way lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a premium six-speaker audio system.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Blue Sky Edition
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$19,995
Pop
1.4-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$19,995
Trekking
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$23,685
Urbana Edition
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$23,685
Lounge
2.4-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,515
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Additional Packages

Optional for the Pop is the $795 Popular Equipment Group, which adds front and rear carpeted floor mats, the ParkSense rear park-assist system, a premium wrapped steering wheel, a remote USB port, and SiriusXM satellite radio with one-year subscription.

A $695 Satin Chrome Appearance Group equips the Pop with 17-inch aluminum wheels, automatic headlamps, and fog and cornering lamps, and alters the appearance with painted sill moldings with satin chrome, platinum side roof rails, satin-chrome exterior accents, exterior mirrors, and satin silver door handles.

There is also the Blue Sky Edition available on the Pop trim, which for $2,280 extra, will equip the Pop with a themed guise.

The Trekking Popular Equipment Package is $795 and adds dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, power four-way driver lumbar adjust, and power eight-way driver seat.

An Adventure Edition of the Trekking is suited with 18-inch wheels, black side roof rails, an orange body side stripe and mirror caps, cargo area slush mat, front and rear slush mats, front and rear splash guards, and a roof rack with adjustable cross bars for $945. For an additional $845, there's the Urbana Edition of the Trekking, with its dark urban styling influences.

The Trekking and Lounge have the option of a $1,295 Advanced Safety Package, which adds automatic high beam headlamp control, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-path detection, full speed forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning, ParkSense rear park-assist system, and rain-sensitive windshield wipers.

What Fiat 500X Model Should I Buy?

With only a slight increase in price from the entry-level Pop to the Lounge, buyers will receive the most value for money with the Lounge. Better comfort and convenience features are inclusive with the Lounge and the infotainment system features more comprehensive capabilities and an upgraded six-speaker sound system. With this trim, however, you'd be stuck with the less economical 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine and nine-speed auto transmission, which can be frustrating but is worth the compromise for the additional equipment. If you must have the manual gearbox and the turbocharged engine, several of the Lounge's features can be equipped to the Pop via options packages.

2018 Fiat 500X Comparisons

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2018 Fiat 500X vs Honda HR-V

The 2018 Honda HR-V is a master of versatility and a strong contender in the subcompact SUV segment. Despite its compact size, adults are accommodated more comfortably than in the 500X, and there's an array of flexible cargo space options that best the Fiat. The HR-V is powered by a weaker naturally aspirated engine that, along with its continuously variable auto transmission, feels as lackluster as the 500X's engine and transmission options, but performs vastly worse, reaching 0-60 mph in 9.7 seconds. Where the HR-V exceeds the 500X is in its versatility with the rear magic seats that allow for an array of storage and seating options, far greater than those of the 500X's 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The Honda HR-V may be more versatile than the 500X, but when it comes to value for money and safety, the 500X takes the lead. The HR-V isn't Honda's best offering, and in this case, we'd pick the Fiat 500X as a more complete crossover.

See Honda HR-V Review

2018 Fiat 500X vs Nissan Juke

Though a little pricier than the 500X, the Nissan Juke is equipped with a more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 188 hp, 177 lb-ft, mated to a more refined continuously variable transmission. The upper-level trims are equipped with performance tuned underpinnings and a limited-slip differential for sport-like performance, making the Juke a lot more fun to drive than the 500X. All versions of the Juke are also slightly more fuel efficient than the 500X. Both vehicles have an appreciable selection of standard and additional safety and driver assistance features, too, making them both safe options. But practicality is where the Juke falls short of the 500X, with a tiny cargo storage area and limited in-cabin storage. The 500X is better than the Juke in a few areas, including offering a better infotainment system and greater levels of customization, but it's not enough, however, to sway our decision from the Nissan Juke as the more economical and fun to drive crossover.

See Nissan Juke Review

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