2019 Fiat 500X

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2019 Fiat 500X Review

The 500X range made its debut in 2014 as Fiat's first subcompact crossover SUV offering to the market and became available to the US market in 2016. Sales for the 500X have been dwindling over the past four years, but with some appealing updates for the 2019 model, the 500X may prove a good buy for those looking for a decent subcompact utility vehicle. This year's model receives a 1.3-liter inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine generating 177 horsepower and a hefty 210 lb-ft of torque, which is employed via a nine-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. There are a fair amount of competitors in the subcompact SUV market that the 500X has to face up against, including the tough Jeep Renegade with which the 500X shares a platform and the classy Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Both models offer more engine and transmission options than the 500X.

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2019 Fiat 500X Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 500X?

Coming into 2019 the Fiat 500X receives a range of new cosmetic updates inside and out, new interior and exterior features and a few new advanced mechanicals under the hood. The 2018 500X model came with a standard 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and an optional 2.4-liter non-turbocharged engine, both of which proved a little lackluster. This year the 500X receives a smaller 1.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with more power. All trims are now standard with all-wheel-drive combined with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Other updates include new front and rear fascia styling, three new wheel designs and optional LED headlights, revised interior and gauges, and three new exterior colors.

Pros and Cons

  • All-Wheel-Drive comes standard on all trims
  • Powerful turbocharged engine is stronger than before
  • Advanced nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Utilizes state-of-the-art tech features
  • Variety of optional packages
  • Cramped rear passenger space
  • Limited trunk and cargo storage space
  • No alternative engine or transmission options
  • Expensive

What's the Price of the 2019 Fiat 500X?

Starting with the base-level trim, the Pop carries a base MSRP in the USA of $24,490. The mid-level Trekking has a marginal increase with an MSRP of $25,995 and the top-level Trekking Plus has an MSRP of $29,195. All prices are excluding tax, registration, licensing, and a $1,495 destination charge, and exclude any dealer incentives that may be worth hunting around for.

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2019 Fiat 500X Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Blue Sky Edition
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
120th Anniversary Edition
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Urbana Edition
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2019 500X Exterior

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  • Length 167.2 in
  • Wheelbase 101.2 in
  • Height 63.7 in
  • Max Width 75.5 in
  • Front Width 60.7 in
  • Rear Width 60.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,305.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Milano Ivory Tri-Coat +$1,000
  • Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat)
  • Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat)
  • Grigio Moda (Graphite Grey Metallic)
  • Vibrante Green Metallic
  • Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic)
  • Blue Sky Metallic
  • Arancio (Orange)
  • Blu Venezia (Blue Metallic)
  • Italia Blue
  • Rosso Passione (Red Hypnotique Clear Coat)
  • Amore Red Metallic

2019 500X Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

At its core, the 500X feels sturdy and grounded, and ride comfort is relatively plush. The firmly sprung suspension makes for some rough driving on poor surfaces but smooths out turns at low-to-mid speeds with high levels of traction. Small bumps and abrasions are handled well with the comfortably cushioned seats providing ample absorption where the suspension doesn't. Steering is light and responsive, brakes react instantaneously enough, and shifting is smooth providing plenty of control on rough terrain and wet roads. With the high levels of torque, the 500X is very responsive at low speeds but steering and handling can prove a little jerky at highway speeds requiring more subtle commands.

Each 500X trim features a three-mode dynamic selector with auto-mode, which is suited to everyday driving, maximizing comfort and optimizing fuel efficiency. The Sport mode tunes electronic stability control and steering calibrations for a sportier feel and faster driving response. Additionally, it optimizes the transmission shift points for improved performance and accelerator feedback. The Traction+ mode maximizes low-speed traction for when roads are slippery or bumpy by providing additional wheel-slip via specially adjusted chassis controls and more direct engine response.

2019 500X Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 39.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.8 in

2019 500X Trunk and Cargo Space

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2019 500X Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Fiat 500X A Good SUV?

In comparison to other SUV crossovers, the Fiat 500X is a relatively good vehicle, but not the best. Excelling in luxury-comfort the 500X makes for a superb travel companion for a young family, but the rear seats are a little cramped with limited legroom for taller adults. That being said seating and driving comfort is great for its class and suits its purpose to a tee.

For a change, the 500X has superior interior materials with great appearance options and ergonomic setup, as well as a high-quality infotainment system and tech connectivity options. Visually, the 500X is a stylish vehicle with a friendlier aesthetic than its rivals, with the Jeep Renegade offering a more rugged/off-road look and feel.

The mechanicals prove to be compatible with the 500X's non-sport oriented nature, while the increased performance and comparable efficiency from the new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine are a great addition to its portfolio of talents. However, as the engine is new and untested, reliability is a factor that remains to be evaluated.

What Fiat 500X Model Should I Buy?

Value for money wise the mid-level Trekking would be your best buy. This trim includes a few more comfort and convenience features than the base trim such as automatic bi-function halogen projector headlamps and cornering front fog lamps. It also offers the most flexibility to optional packages, allowing for greater choice in features and customizations, whilst keeping to a reasonable price. The Advanced Driver Assistance Package is recommended with the Trekking trim, as its adds a host of beneficial safety and assist features while keeping the total cost below that of the Trekking Plus. The Trekking along with the Advanced Driver Assist Package and the destination fee comes to a total of $30,380.

2019 Fiat 500X Comparisons

Jeep Renegade Jeep
Hyundai Kona Hyundai
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Fiat 500X177 hp24/30 mpg$27,965
Jeep Renegade 177 hp23/29 mpg$29,995
Hyundai Kona 147 hp30/35 mpg$22,140

2019 Fiat 500X vs Jeep Renegade

The Jeep Renegade is the closest competing rival to the Fiat 500X, sharing underpinnings from FCA. The Renegade is powered by the same 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine previously found in the 500X that delivers less power than the 500X's new 1.3T engine but also has the option to equip the same 1.3-liter inline turbocharged engine delivering identical specs to the 500X. Acceleration with the 2.4-liter engine is inadequate and feels unrefined, whereas the 1.3-liter turbo engine seems more compatible with the Jeep. Despite matching equipment, the 500X feels like the better drive, perhaps in the tuning of the gearbox. Drivetrains are optional between two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive with the Renegade, with the range-topping Trailhawk offering more off-road capabilities than any of the rivals in its class. The 500X and Renegade offer pretty much the same value for money, however the Jeep boasts marginally greater storage capacity and a more robust AWD system in the upper-trims. Making a decision inevitably comes down to aesthetics, retro-Italian or rugged all-American.

See Jeep Renegade Review

2019 Fiat 500X vs Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona may not look as good as the Fiat 500X but what it has to offer under the hood and in the interior surpasses the 500X by a mile. The Kona has two engine options, the lower-trims are geared with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission delivering 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, while the two upper-trims receive a superior turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission delivering 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. All trims are FWD with AWD available, which when selected adds an enhanced rear suspension design and lockable center differential for improved handling and ride quality, above that of the 500X. The Kona has a sportier feel than the 500X and receives more standard safety features. The 500X is, however, more of a comfortable vehicle than the Kona with its cushioned seats and roomy interior. We'd recommend the higher trims of the Kona line-up, with superior fuel economy scores of 28/32/30 mpg city/highway/combined driving cycles, more safety features, vastly more driver enjoyment, all available at a similar price point.

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