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2017 FIAT 500X Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 FIAT 500X was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Despite its low starting price, the 2017 Fiat 500X has a high-end cabin. Materials throughout either match or exceed the quality of those in similarly priced competitors. For example, you could spend more money on the Chevrolet Trax and have a drab interior design fitted with lots of hard plastics. The 500X's interior is well constructed, so it should stand up to wear and tear.

The 500X's seats are comfortable, with decent room in both rows for average-sized adults. There are fewer standard features than you'll get in comparably priced competitors. However, the features you get when you spend more money are easy to use, including the 500X's intuitive infotainment system. There's a typical amount of cargo space for a subcompact SUV.

  • "The overall look is attractive, and the materials are higher in quality than those found in not only other Fiat cabins but several larger, pricier SUVs as well. Soft-touch surfaces are found on the dash and armrests, and Fiat makes a center console standard in a class where they can be optional. There are still some hard plastics on the dash face and door tops, but that seems appropriate for the price point." -- Edmunds
  • "The 500X is big enough for four full-grown adults inside, but that's not what makes the interior good. Fiat nailed the material choices in the upper trims, including gorgeous brown premium leather seats on Trekking Plus models." -- Road and Track (2016)
  • "… the 500X's soft-touch surfaces on the dash and armrests, very good fit and finish, and a generally upscale feel belie the base Pop model's starting price of $20,900, including the $900 destination charge." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Seating

The five-seat 2017 500X comes standard with cloth upholstery. Options include leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel. The driver and front passenger will have ample space in all directions, with plenty of headroom even in models with the optional panoramic sunroof. The rear seats aren't quite as spacious, but most average-sized adults should be comfortable in the back. If you're especially tall, you may find the sunroof takes up too much headroom in the rear, however. If you think you'll need extra space for your friends and family, consider the Honda HR-V, which offers one of the roomiest rear seats in the class.

Visibility out the sides and rear of the 500X is blocked by large roof supports. Models with optional blind spot monitoring and rear parking sensors may give you more confidence to counter the blind spots.

The 500X has full sets of LATCH connectors in the rear outboard seats, with an additional upper tether in the middle seat. If you want to put a child seat in the middle, you can borrow the lower anchors from the outboard seats. All of the connectors are difficult to find and hard to access.

  • Front seat occupants have more than enough head- and legroom, with the available eight-way power seats offering a truly impressive degree of adjustment even for tall occupants. Of course, you'll want to avoid tall drivers if you're stuck in the back. Rear seat space is otherwise sufficient, though the optional sunroof could chew into headroom." -- Edmunds
  • Both my co-driver and I had plenty of headroom up front, and I had no issues even in the models equipped with the panoramic sunroof, which often eats up headroom. The backseat is not as spacious with 34.8 inches of legroom, but my knees didn't graze the front seat and my head didn't touch the roof. Larger passengers will want to avoid the backseat for any substantial length of time." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • "Speaking of seats, we tested both cloth- and leather-covered ones, and found them to be unusually comfortable and supportive in a Barcalounger sort of way." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 500X comes standard with a four-speaker audio system and a USB port. Most competitors, including the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V – which both cost less than the 500X – have more standard features. Optional features in the 500X include a nine-speaker Beats audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a 5-inch or 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, a voice command system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, proximity key, remote start, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, and lane keep assist.

While the base 500X is poorly equipped compared to rivals, higher trims have many tech features. You can get either a 5-inch or a 6.5-inch touch screen with Fiat's Uconnect infotainment system. Uconnect is one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems on the market, and the touch screen is easy to reach from the driver’s seat. Opting for the larger system is a good idea since the 5-inch screen has smaller buttons that can make it harder to use when on the move.

Climate and audio settings are adjusted with digital touch-screen buttons as well as physical controls on the center stack. They make it simple to change the temperature or volume, but you may find the climate controls are a bit too low to easily access. The 500X's gauges aren't very large, and they're arranged in an unusual fashion, so you'll have to get accustomed to them.

The 500X's long list of optional driver assistance features helps set it apart in the class. The HR-V can only be equipped with blind spot monitoring, while the Chevrolet Trax doesn't have any optional advanced safety features. Meanwhile, the 500X can automatically apply the brakes or provide steering corrections if it detects the possibility of a collision.

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  • Uconnect is easy to understand and operate and is among the best infotainment systems on the market. Although the 5.0-inch touchscreen on Pop and Trekking models also utilizes Uconnect, it's not the ideal system for the 500X. The virtual buttons look cramped in the smaller screen, making it more difficult to hit the right button without diverting your eyes from the road." -- Edmunds
  • "The control layout is mostly good. Audio controls include a volume and tuning knob, with station and source selection done through the touchscreen, which is easy to reach; buttons on the back of the steering wheel allow easy control of volume and station presets. Less easy to reach are the low-mounted climate controls, but they redeem themselves with a simple, three-dial arrangement that's far easier to use than the tedious repetitive-step pushbuttons found in many other cars." -- Consumer Guide (2016)
  • "Nestled behind the wheel is a three-pod gauge cluster that is frustratingly Italian. The speedometer is small and set off to the left while rarely used gauges like fuel and temperature get a spot at center stage." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Cargo

Behind the 500X's rear seats, there's 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is typical for a subcompact SUV. Fold the second row down and you'll have 50.8 cubic feet. That's slightly more overall cargo room than you'll get in most competitors, though the Honda HR-V has 58.8 cubic feet of overall cargo room if you need more space for your stuff. Some compact cars like the Volkswagen Golf and Kia Soul also offer more cargo room than the 500X.

When you fold the rear seats down, they don't lay completely flat, so it may be difficult to load some longer items. The cargo area has an adjustable floor that can give you a deeper recess to store your groceries upright so they don't fall over or to enable you to load tall objects. The cargo space isn't especially wide, so if you're a golfer, you may have trouble hauling your clubs.

  • "There is enough room for a week's worth of groceries behind the rear seats, and the rear seat folds down (but not fully flat). … The trunks of all but the base model can also expand by removing or lowering the floor partition." -- Edmunds
  • "A cargo shelf can be lowered to add more height, if needed, or to create a cargo well to better hold items that tend to roll around such as grocery bags." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • "The only sore spot is that the cargo area is quite narrow at the back—only as wide as the hatch opening—which likely means that golf clubs can't be laid sideways." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

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