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2019 FIAT 500X Interior Review

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Interior: 6.4

The 2019 Fiat 500X has an upscale cabin full of stylish, soft-touch surfaces. The seats are comfortable, though back-seat space can be tight. The touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use. Most rivals have more cargo room.

  • "The materials quality is superior compared to many in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the best attributes of the 2019 500X is its interior: stylish and surprisingly refined, with soft-touch points, and high-quality controls all sensibly arranged." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unlike its rugged Jeep cousin, the 500X's interior feels as if its designers spent some time among the couture shops of Milan. The layout is stylish and possesses some flair, with body-color panels and whimsical -- though cheap-feeling -- buttons, knobs, and switches." -- Consumer Reports

Seating

The Fiat 500X seats up to five people on cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery is available, as are heated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The front seats are comfortable, and there’s a good amount of headroom in both rows. Legroom in the back is tight though, and driver visibility is poor.

For installing child car seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

  • "Seat comfort is excellent and benefits from ample adjustment, including passenger-seat height adjustment, which is rare for this class." -- Edmunds
  • The front seats are comfortable, and it's easy to find a good driving position. Rear headroom is pretty good, although there's not a lot of legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Thick roof pillars front and rear, a high dashboard, and a small rear window all conspire to block driver visibility. The result isn't good, although huge door mirrors help some." -- Consumer Reports

Interior Features

The base 500X comes with the Uconnect infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. A rearview camera, remote start, and push-button start are also standard.

Available features include navigation, satellite radio, an eight-speaker sound system, a nine-speaker Beats audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a dual-pane sunroof. More safety features are available, including forward collision warning with brake assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The Uconnect infotainment system – found in many Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, and Dodge vehicles – draws a lot of praise for its ease of use. However, some critics note some oddities with the displays, like the clock readout disappearing when the radio is turned off.

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  • Fiat incorporated Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system into the 500X with an easy to use touch screen. Still, the displays have some quirks. You have to configure the gauge cluster to show the outside temperature, and if you shut off the radio, the time display inexplicably goes away." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Buyers who want an easy-to-use interface will be pleased with the 500X's interior tech." -- Edmunds
  • "We also like the optional, configurable color display between the gauges. The space above the dash is occupied by the well-regarded 7-inch Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 500X has 12.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 32.1 cubic feet with them folded. Those are some of the smallest figures in the subcompact SUV class. However, the front passenger seat can fold down to accommodate longer items.

  • "The 500X's cargo volume is tiny, though the 500X isn't the only extra-small SUV to suffer from this downside." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space expands quickly thanks to fold-down rear seats, and the flip-forward passenger seat helps this little SUV handle items like a surfboard." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The cargo area can hold a few bags, and there is an area under the cargo floor for storing small items. The rear seats are easy to fold, and lay flat with the cargo floor. This opens up a little more room for carrying additional cargo or larger/longer items." -- Consumer Reports
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