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2020 FIAT 500X


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2020 FIAT 500X Performance Review


Performance: 6.2

The 2020 Fiat 500X has poised handling and a serviceable engine, but it also has tepid acceleration and a stiff ride.

  • "The 500X's ride is incessantly stiff and jittery. … Ride motions are quick and short, making the car feel nervous and unsettled. A long haul on board the 500x, even on the highway, becomes a tiring affair." -- Consumer Reports
  • "The new 1.3-liter turbo has pretty good punch, with a best-in-class 210 lb-ft of torque for quick passing maneuvers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Acceleration and Power

This Fiat comes with a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower. It’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain earns mixed reviews, with some critics finding the engine peppy and the transmission responsive, while others note that acceleration comes leisurely, and the automatic transmission hesitates to downshift.

The 500X’s fuel economy estimates of 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway are slightly below average for the subcompact SUV class, but, unlike most competitors, it has standard all-wheel drive. Compared to rivals with all-wheel drive, the 500X’s figures are about average.

  • "We've grown accustomed to the slow acceleration of this new crop of subcompact crossovers. But anyone expecting la dolce vita will wind up yelling made-up Italian curses at the reluctant engine and obstinate transmission. Even if the engine had enough power to deliver acceleration with any gusto, the 500X feels bogged down by its nine-speed automatic, which is neither smooth nor responsive. Shifts are stiff, and there's a reluctance to downshift." -- Consumer Reports
  • "With the new, smaller 1.3-liter engine, you might expect a big drop in horsepower. However, the 500X actually gets a horsepower increase compared to last year's standard 1.4-liter engine. In fact, it almost edges out the previously optional 2.4-liter engine." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The 500X’s once-loathed 9-speed automatic transmission has redeemed itself, with improved shift timing and better responsiveness to manual inputs. Sadly, a feature that would have made this new engine so much fun, the 6-speed manual, is no longer offered." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Handling and Braking

The 500X has a firm, jittery ride. Plenty of dips and flaws in the road can be felt in the cabin. While this vehicle remains composed around turns, its numb steering and grabby brakes keep it from feeling sporty. All-wheel drive is standard.

  • "Despite its raised ride height, the 500X is fairly responsive in corners and you don't feel much body lean. At least the Fiat engineers got that part of the suspension tuning correct. Still, the steering gives no touchy-feely feedback to your input, removing any enjoyment from the drive. The grabby brakes, particularly at low speeds, are another source of frustration." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Standard all-wheel drive helps the 500X better manage corners, and in snow provides the additional traction needed to avoid getting stuck." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "The ride may be a bit rough for some, but it shouldn't be objectionable if you're used to a more firmly sprung car." -- Edmunds (2018)
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2020 FIAT 500X

MSRP: $24,590 - $29,495

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