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2018 FIAT 500X Review

The 2018 Fiat 500X finishes near the bottom of our subcompact SUV rankings. It has a charming interior and user-friendly tech, but lackluster powertrain options and a subpar predicted reliability rating keep it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Upscale interior styling
  • Small cargo area
  • Jittery ride quality
  • Bland engines and clunky automatic transmission
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating

New for 2018

  • Upgraded infotainment system
  • Rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto became standard

Rankings & Research

The 2018 FIAT 500X's #14 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the FIAT 500X has a score of 6.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 4.9
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 10.0
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2018 FIAT 500X Overview

Is the 2018 Fiat 500X a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Fiat 500X isn't a great used subcompact SUV. No matter what you like about it, you can likely find another small crossover that offers more.

Here are the 2018 500X's best traits:

  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Attractive, well-built cabin
  • Roomy front seats

And here are its worst:

  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Poor fuel economy
  • High projected ownership costs
  • Undersized cargo hold
  • Rear seats don't have enough legroom for adults
  • Underwhelming engines
  • Ride quality suffers on rough pavement
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Fiat 500X review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 26 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Fiat 500X?

Based on listings for the 2018 Fiat 500X on our site, the average price is $17,600, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $14,000 to $22,400 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Fiat 500X Cost to Own?

The 2018 500X’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $26,585, or $5,317 per year. That’s above average for a subcompact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 500X?

The 2019 Fiat 500X starts at $24,490, and it features some notable changes compared to the 2018 model. For starters, all 2019 models come standard with all-wheel drive, and a 177-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine replaces the 160- and 180-horsepower options in the 2018 500X. The 2019 model offers some new driver assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control and front parking sensors. A 2019 500X will cost you more than the 2018 model, but the updates may be worth the money to some buyers.

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Fiat launched the 500X as an all-new model for 2016, and only minor changes have been made since. The 2018 model saw the bulk of these updates. A 7-inch touch screen (larger than in any previous model) and a rearview camera became standard, and the infotainment system gained Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. If these features are important to you, stick with a 2018 500X. If not, go for an older model to save some money.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Fiat 500X?

The 2018 Fiat 500X has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Fiat 500X Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Fiat 500X:

  • Voltage regulator may fail and cause the vehicle to stall

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Fiat 500X Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Fiat 500X comes in four trims: Pop, Trekking, Urbana Edition, and Lounge. The base 500X Pop is available with an appealing collection of features and is the only trim with a 1.4-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission. The three higher trims get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission, though many test drivers found this combo to be less-refined than the Pop's powertrain. The higher trims also include more standard features, and you may find one with all-wheel drive.

  • Fiat 500X Pop: The 500X Pop comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission. 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, remote keyless entry, and cloth upholstery.
  • Fiat 500X Pop Blue Sky Edition: This special edition of the base trim 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 the automatic transmission. Satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, and a remote vehicle starter also come standard.
  • Fiat 500X Urbana Edition: The 500X Urbana Edition stands out from the rest of the lineup thanks to its distinctive body panels, a skid plate, larger wheels, and upgraded upholstery.
  • Fiat 500X Lounge: The 500X Lounge comes with navigation, eight speakers, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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What Does Fiat's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Fiat offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Fiat extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Fiat warranty page carefully.

Fiat has one of the worst CPO programs among affordable carmakers, according to our analysis. Kia, Hyundai, Chevy, Ford, Honda, and Mazda are all better.

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How Safe Is the 500X?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 500X the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. It received the lowest rating of Poor for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. Properly equipped 500Xs earned the second-highest rating of Advanced for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2018 Fiat 500X.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • full-speed forward collision warning with active braking
  • rear parking sensors
  • lane departure warning with lane keep assist

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2018 Fiat 500X Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Fiat 500X or 2018 Honda HR-V?

The 2018 Honda HR-V finishes well ahead of the 500X in our subcompact SUV rankings. It bests the Fiat in several areas, including gas mileage, cargo capacity, and rear-seat space. The HR-V is, quite simply, the better subcompact SUV.

Which Is Better: 2018 Fiat 500X or 2018 Mazda CX-3?

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 has an energetic powertrain that delivers quick acceleration, and it's more agile than most other small crossovers. This makes the CX-3 the most fun-to-drive SUV in the class. Inside, the CX-3 has a quality interior, but like the Fiat, 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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2018 500X Performance

How Does the 2018 Fiat 500X Drive?

The 500X features a turbocharged four-cylinder base engine that puts out more horsepower than many competitors' base engines. But don't assume that the 500X feels energetic. It doesn’t. The base engine feels lethargic and lacks oomph. The larger engine, with its 20 additional horsepower, doesn't feel appreciably stronger, and the nine-speed automatic transmission doesn't always deliver timely shifts. The 500X feels stable and poised on winding roads, but its ride quality suffers when the pavement isn't smooth.

  • Base engine: 160-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 180-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive (1.4-liter); all-wheel drive (available with 2.4-liter only)
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual (1.4-liter); available nine-speed automatic (standard with 2.4-liter only)
Does the 2018 Fiat 500X Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine, the 500X gets typical fuel economy for a subcompact SUV. The stronger engine isn't quite as efficient.

  • 1.4-liter, FWD: 25/33 mpg city/highway
  • 2.4-liter, FWD: 22/30 mpg
  • 2.4-liter, AWD: 21/29 mpg

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2018 500X Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 500X Seat?

The 2018 500X seats five people in two rows. It has a stylish cabin that uses mostly quality materials. The front seats provide plenty of space, though there is limited seat adjustments for the driver. The rear seats are cramped, and adults may wish for more legroom.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • heated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Fiat 500X?

The 2018 500X has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The tether anchors are hard to find, and the lower anchors are set too deep in the seat.

2018 Fiat 500X Features

Fiat features the Uconnect infotainment system. The 500X's system is a little different compared to other Fiat-Chrysler vehicles, but it's still user-friendly and doesn't take a lot of time to master.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and six speakers
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, an eight-speaker Beats audio system, and satellite radio
  • Additional standard features: remote keyless entry
  • Other available features: dual-pane sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and remote start

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2018 Fiat 500X Dimensions

Fiat 500X Cargo Space

The 500X has 12.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat and 32.1 cubic feet overall, which is less space than most other subcompact SUVs. However, you can fold down the front passenger seat to get some extra space, which isn't the case in every SUV. All but the base trim have a split-level cargo floor, offering extra storage under the floor panel.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Fiat 500X Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 11 inches to 14 feet
  • Curb weight: 2,989 to 3,305 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Fiat 500X Built?

Fiat built the 2018 500X in Italy.

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