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7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.7
Safety: 10.0
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2018 FIAT 500X Review

The 2018 Fiat 500X finishes in the bottom third of our subcompact SUV rankings. Despite its bold styling, this Fiat is less exciting and less practical than many crossover rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Upscale interior styling

 

  • Shorter warranty than many competitors
  • Very small cargo area
  • Jittery ride quality
  • Bland engines and clunky automatic transmission 

 

New for 2018

 

  • Rearview camera now standard
  • Upgraded infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard

 

Is the Fiat 500X a Good SUV?

The 500X is a decent SUV, but it's not exactly good. Its stylish interior stands out from the crowd, and there are plenty of quality materials inside. The Uconnect infotainment system provides an easy way to control many cabin functions as well. However, the 500X’s engines feel underpowered, and many competitors have more cushioned rides. There's also less cargo space in the 500X than in most subcompact SUVs.

Should I Buy the Fiat 500X?

The 500X has a certain appeal, but its flaws make it a poor choice for most SUV shoppers. Before buying a Fiat 500X, you should consider higher-rated alternatives like the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, and Subaru Crosstrek.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Fiat 500X?

Fiat launched the 500X as an all-new model for 2016, and only minor changes have been made since. The 2018 model sees the bulk of these updates. A 7-inch touch screen (larger than in any previous model) becomes standard, as does a rearview camera. The standard infotainment system also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.  

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by buying a used vehicle, but be aware that you may miss out on some features by getting an older model. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2016 Fiat 500X and 2017 Fiat 500X. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 25 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Fiat 500X in our comprehensive overview. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 25 professional reviews. This Fiat 500X review incorporates applicable data and research from every year of the current generation, which includes the 2016 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Fiat 500X Cost?

Starting prices for the 2018 500X range from $19,995 (for the base 500X Pop) to $25,515 (for the top-of-the-line 500X Lounge). That's similar to what you'll pay for a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Mazda CX-3, and Ford EcoSport. Bear in mind that these are only suggested retail prices. To find great deals at your local Fiat dealer, check out our U.S. News Best Price Program.

Fiat 500X Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Fiat 500X or Jeep Renegade?

The Jeep Renegade has a lot in common with the 500X. Both vehicles are built on the same production line and even share the same engine and transmission options. Both also impress with upscale interior materials and user-friendly infotainment systems. The Renegade is a better value, though, given its lower $18,500 starting price. It also rates higher in our rankings, due in part to its smoother ride quality and superior off-road ability.

Which Is Better: Fiat 500X or Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V finishes near the top of the class rankings. It bests the 500X in a number of areas, including gas mileage, cargo capacity, rear-seat space, and warranty length. The Honda's base price is a few hundred dollars lower as well, making this comparison a no-brainer.

Which Is Better: Fiat 500X or Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 is the most fun-to-drive SUV in the class. It accelerates eagerly, provides sharp steering, and feels buttoned-down when taking turns. Inside, the CX-3 impresses with its quality interior, but like its Fiat rival, the cabin feels a bit cramped. Factor in superior fuel economy and great standard features – like automatic emergency braking – and the CX-3 is the better pick.

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500X Interior

How Many People Does the 500X Seat?

The 500X seats five. Passenger comfort is passable in the five-seat 500X, but not phenomenal. The front seats have an adequate amount of room, though the driver has to contend with limited adjustments and poor rearward visibility. The 500X comes up a bit short on rear legroom, though it feels light and airy inside, especially if you opt for the dual-pane sunroof.

500X and Car Seats

Caregivers will have a tough time installing car seats using the 500X's two sets of lower anchors. When clipping in a seat, it's challenging to move around the anchors, a problem that's exacerbated by the hardware's deep-in-the-cushion mounting. Things don’t get much easier with the three tether anchors, which are hard to find.

500X Interior Quality

The 500X boasts a surprising amount of style for this price point. The interior features some playful elements, and most describe the materials as handsome, with a mix of high- and low-quality pieces. Note that the base model leaves out a few niceties, like an armrest for the driver.

500X Cargo Space

It's a tight squeeze if you want to load more than a handful of backpacks or a week's worth of groceries in the back of a 500X. With only 12.2 cubic feet of room behind the seats, its cargo hold is one of the smallest in the class. A few features add some convenience to the space, however. The front passenger seat folds forward to form a flat surface – ideal for when you need to transport long items, like skis or lumber. The back seat also has a 60/40 split; folding it gives you up to 39.8 cubic feet of cargo room.

500X Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2018 500X has a bigger and better infotainment system than last year's model and now comes standard with Uconnect, which is one of the best infotainment systems you can get in this class. Improvements include a larger touch screen – which makes it much easier to see – and the ability to connect your smartphone through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. These upgrades add a lot of value to the 500X.

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500X Performance

500X Engine: Base Is Best

Picking which engine you want in your 500X is akin to choosing the lesser of two evils. The base powertrain (a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission) is the better of the two. It is peppier, feels more polished, and has a higher fuel economy rating. Unfortunately, this engine comes only in the base trim and is not available with all-wheel drive or an automatic transmission. That leaves you with the upgraded powertrain, which doesn't offer any significant performance gains, despite its higher horsepower rating. Adding to its flaws is an unrefined nine-speed automatic transmission, your only choice with this engine.

500X Gas Mileage: Average for Its Class

When outfitted with the base 1.4-liter engine, the 500X gets 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. That's a normal fuel economy rating for a subcompact SUV. The 2.4-liter engine is rated at 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

500X Ride and Handling: Unrefined

The 500X's unpolished feel continues with its handling. Structurally, it feels relatively solid and has minimal body movements, but its ride is skittish and loud. This Fiat shares a platform with the Jeep Renegade, and while the all-wheel-drive-equipped 500X's can handle gravel roads, its best to leave rougher off-road trails for the Jeep.

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500X Reliability

Is the Fiat 500X Reliable?

The 2018 Fiat 500X has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. This score is considered average for all cars on the road.

Fiat 500X Warranty

Fiat covers the 500X with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. That's not as broad as other warranties. For example, both the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V come with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and the Kia Niro has a class-leading five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty paired with a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

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500X Safety

500X Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not released a safety rating for the 2018 500X, but the nearly identical 2017 model was named a Top Safety Pick, earning top scores in every IIHS crash test.

500X Safety Features

For 2018, the 500X now comes standard with a rearview camera. A number of advanced safety features are available, mostly through add-on packages on uplevel trims. Options include automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, full-speed forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Which Fiat 500X Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Fiat 500X is available in four trim levels. The base 500X Pop offers an appealing collection of features – including a newly added infotainment system and now standard rearview camera – while keeping the price low. A handful of available packages let you customize the appearance, though most tech upgrades are offered only as you climb the trim levels. In addition to its value, the base model has one key advantage: It's the only trim with the 1.4-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission. Many test drivers prefer this powertrain to the less-refined 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission combo.

The three uplevel trims (Trekking, Urbana Edition, and Lounge) are accompanied by the larger engine and automatic transmission. For $1,900, you can upgrade these trims from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive. It will cost you $3,895 to add AWD to the base model because you also need to upgrade the powertrain. See below for more details on each trim level's standard features.

Fiat 500X Pop

At $19,995, the starting price for the 2018 500X remains unchanged from 2017. Standard features include the Uconnect infotainment interface, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, six speakers, a rearview camera, air conditioning, power windows and doors, heated and power-adjustable side mirrors, remote keyless entry, cloth upholstery, a fold-flat front passenger seat, and 60/40-split-folding rear seats.

Fiat 500X Pop Blue Sky Edition

This special edition starts at $22,285 and adds blue interior accents, blue cloth upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof.

Fiat 500X Trekking

The 500X Trekking, along with all other uplevel trims, comes with the larger engine and automatic transmission. Satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, and a remote vehicle starter also come with this $23,685 model.

Fiat 500X Urbana Edition

Distinctive body panels, a skid plate, larger wheels, and upgraded seat upholstery distinguish the $24,530 Fiat 500X from the rest of the lineup.

Fiat 500X Lounge

Standout features of the 500X Lounge ($25,515) include a navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, eight speakers, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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The Final Call

The Fiat 500X has some appealing qualities, including its distinctive styling and first-rate infotainment system. Quite a few drawbacks muddy its overall charm, however. We recommend that shoppers closely evaluate these negatives to make sure they can live with them, or consider a model that scores higher in our subcompact SUV rankings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "With its cute design and cool interior, the 500X has loads of appeal in the showroom or on a quick test drive, but a long-term relationship is likely to be fraught with frustration." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The 2018 500X is just as affordable as other pint-sized crossovers, but its Fiat 500-inspired exterior design, high-quality interior materials, and good use of interior space are enough to make this one of our favorites in the class." -- Edmunds
  • "There's clearly a lot to like, and after our year-long test of a FIAT 500X, those very elements that attracted us to it in the first place continue to appeal. However, there are other significant drawbacks that we think you should consider. For starters, the 2.4-liter engine that virtually all 500X models come with is a disappointment: slow, unrefined and inefficient. Its automatic transmission is a constant source of frustration. We also had some reliability issues and generally found that many of its competitors were more rounded despite being less fashionable. But then, like many choices made in the name of fashion, there are usually drawbacks, right?" -- Autotrader (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: March 14, 2019

Extremely Low Sales: The Fiat 500X was the least in-demand subcompact SUV last year, registering a 31.9 percent sales decline from 2017 to 2018. All other segment members sold well ahead of the 500X, including the Nissan Kicks, which only hit dealerships lots in June of 2018 and managed to outsell the Fiat nearly 4 to 1 by years end. The trend has continued into 2019, as dealers have moved 49.3 percent fewer models relative to the same span last year.

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