2022 Fiat 500X

2022 Fiat 500X
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2022 Fiat 500X Review: All Form, No Function

by Michael Butler

Since bringing the cute 500 to US shores back in 2007, the Fiat 500 range of cars has enjoyed moderate success, and after introducing the 500L, its latest offering, the Fiat 500X, has to be the best. This subcompact crossover creation looks like a true European city car and oozes charm from the inside out. Powered by a 177-horsepower 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, the 500X is primed for city life but is let down by a dreadful nine-speed automatic transmission. The little Italian tries to make up for it by offering a beautifully styled interior but can't match its competitors on practicality. Starting at $24,590, the Fiat 500X goes up against well-known names like the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade.

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2022 Fiat 500X Changes: What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Fiat 500X?

For 2022, Fiat is leaving the 500X much as is, but there are some new options and a new special edition. An Al-Fresco top option becomes available that features a big retractable, folding canvas sunroof for an almost convertible-like open-air experience. It's available in three colors: red, gray, and black. There is also a Yacht Club Capri special-edition 500X this year, based on the 500X Sport trim. It features unique blue 18-inch wheels, Venezia Blue paint, a bespoke blue Al-Fresco top, ivory leather upholstery with blue piping, woodgrain dash trim, and satin-finished exterior accents. The exterior and interior color palettes see a few changes too; five colors disappear from the 2022 paint palette, as does brown for the interior, being replaced by ivory.

Pros and Cons

  • Cute styling
  • Sufficiently powerful engine
  • Stylish interior
  • Solid features
  • Not a lot of cargo space
  • It gets tight in the back
  • It's a bit expensive

What's the Price of the 2022 Fiat 500X?

The price of the new Fiat 500X starts at $26,215 for the base Pop model. This price does not include tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,495. The Trekking will cost you $27,350, and the Sport will set you back $28,205. The Trekking Plus just breaks the $30k mark at $31,455. Fully specced, the Trekking Plus will cost you around $35k. The special-edition Yacht Club Capri's MSRP is $32,605. The Jeep Renegade, by comparison, starts at only $22,495 for the FWD model and $24,095 for the AWD.

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2022 Fiat 500X Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Yacht Club Capri
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Trekking Plus
1.3L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
See All 2022 Fiat 500X Trims and Specs

2022 500X Exterior

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2022 Fiat 500X Front View
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  • Length 167.2 in
  • Wheelbase 101.2 in
  • Height 63.7 in
  • Max Width 70.7 in
  • Front Width 60.7 in
  • Rear Width 60.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,305.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Bianco Gelato (White Clearcoat)
  • Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic)
  • Blu Venezia (Blue Metallic)
  • Italia Blue
  • Nero Cinema (Black Clearcoat)
  • Grigio Moda (Graphite Grey Metallic)
  • Passione Red
  • Vibrante Green Metallic, Build Out: 01/17/2022
  • Rovente Red, Build Out: 01/17/2022

2022 500X Performance

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2022 Fiat 500X Frontal Aspect
2022 Fiat 500X Engine Bay
2022 Fiat 500X Wheel

Engine and Transmission

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

On paper, the Fiat 500X seems like a fun little car to drive; its low curb weight and 177-hp turbocharged engine scream cornering fun, but in the real world, it falls flat on its face. This is disappointing, as other subcompact crossovers such as the Mini Countryman offer some impressive driving dynamics. Around town, the 500X does an acceptable job of soaking in bumps despite feeling rather stiff, and it remains stable when cruising on the highway. Once you hit the twisty bits, however, the car starts to show its true colors. There's significant body roll at speed and a feeling that the body and suspension setup struggle with weight transfer. In terms of steering feel, the 500X doesn't communicate much, though it is precise enough, and you won't have any problem pointing the front wheels in the direction of your choice. The standard AWD system provides good grip, but don't expect massive off-road performance. Fiat's claim of the 500X being "fun to drive" simply isn't true.

2022 500X Interior

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2022 Fiat 500X Dashboard
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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

2022 500X Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Fiat 500X Front Chairs
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2022 Fiat 500X Trunk Space

2022 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 2022 Fiat 500X A Good SUV?

When the retro Fiat 500 first entered the American market, people were charmed by its cutesy looks but weren't bowled over by its driving dynamics. It seems that very little has changed since then. The Fiat 500X, which is a larger, more practical car with crossover looks and a lifted ride height, retains its charming European design flair but fails to impress almost everywhere else. The interior is one of the most stylish in its class, and it makes use of quality materials, but that's pretty much where the good ends. The nine-speed automatic transmission drains the life out of the turbocharged 1.3-liter engine, and the overall driving experience is wonky and wobbly at best. The 500X is not as practical as competitors such as the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V, which offer more space. It's not the worst buy out there but should only be entertained if style means more than substance to you.

What 2022 Fiat 500X Model Should I Buy?

With only $5,240 separating the Trekking Plus from the base model, you might as well go for the range-topper. Not only will you gain the respect of your friends and family, but the Trekking Plus also comes equipped with a few handy features not found on the rest of the range. These include LED headlights, heated leather seats with 12-way power-adjustability, dual-zone climate control, and two extra speakers for the sound system. The Trekking Plus is also easier to park thanks to front and rear parking sensors, and finding your way to the local Wholefoods is made easier thanks to standard navigation.

2022 Fiat 500X Comparisons

Jeep Renegade Jeep
Kia Soul KIA
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Fiat 500X177 hp24/30 mpg$29,845
Jeep Renegade 177 hp23/29 mpg$27,850
Kia Soul 147 hp29/35 mpg$19,890

2022 Fiat 500X vs Jeep Renegade

It might not look so, but the Jeep Renegade is the 500X's biggest competitor. It all starts to make sense when you realize that these cars share a ton of parts. The Jeep is powered by the same turbocharged 1.3-liter engine with 177 hp and uses the same clumsy nine-speed automatic transmission. On the road, both cars offer the same roly-poly driving feel that does little to inspire confidence. Inside, the Jeep can't match the Fiat's design flair, but it looks good in its own rugged way, and the number of standard features on offer is more or less the same. The Jeep is a much more capable off-roader and offers more cargo capacity, making it the more practical daily driver. All of this, combined with a significantly lower starting price, makes the Jeep the more logical choice.

See Jeep Renegade Review

2022 Fiat 500X vs Kia Soul

The Kia Soul does much the same job as the 500X, but the high-value Korean does a lot of things better too. For starters, its starting price is a lot lower at only $19,190 and although the base engine has only 147 hp, a 201-hp turbocharged engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available with far superior performance for less than $28,000, which is less money than what a mid-range 500X Sport costs. For that, the Soul loses out on AWD, but has a lot more luggage space, LED headlights, a big 10.25-inch infotainment screen, HD radio, a Harman Kardon audio system, electric seat adjustment, and even a head-up display. Unless you absolutely needs the 500X's AWD system, the Soul is far better value and cuts a stylish figure all its own.

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