Fiat 500X

The Fiat 500X launches with five different trim levels and with two different drivetrain configurations. Pop models are powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine making 160 hp. It's the same unit that powers the 500 Abarth, though in the 500X it's connected to a 6-speed manual, rather than a 5-speed. All other trim levels of the 500X get a 2.4L 4-cylinder that makes 180 hp. The bigger engine also gets more gears, as a 9-speed automatic is the only transmission available.

Despite the smaller engine, Pop models still have decent acceleration, thanks in part to the 500X's relatively small size and light weight. Despite being the most basic trim, Pop models still come relatively well equipped for the price. Standard features include power windows and mirrors, an electronic parking brake, hill start assist, steering wheel mounted audio controls, a 3.5-inch screen in the gauge cluster, 16-inch wheels and daytime running lamps.

The next trim level up is called the Easy trim. The Easy trim adds the bigger engine and automatic transmission and makes all-wheel drive a $1900 option (all-wheel drive is not available on Pop models.) The Easy also gets 17-inch wheels, a 6-speaker Uconnect stereo and a 5-inch color touchscreen display in the dashboard.

Trekking models are similarly equipped to the Easy trim, but feature a much more aggressive look, with unique 17-inch wheels and a more rugged front and rear bumper design. Trekking models really drive home the idea of the 500X being a pint-sized crossover.

Lounge models ditch the rugged appearance of the Trekking trim and instead add some additional exterior chrome work and a couple of additional daytime running lamps. Additional features on the Lounge include automatic headlights, a leather wrapped shift knob, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, one year of SiriusXM radio and a backup camera.

The top of the line Trekking Plus trim takes the looks of the Trekking model and combines it with the features of the Lounge model, while adding trick looking 18-inch wheels.

The Fiat 500X comes standard with a host of airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control. Optional safety items include a lane departure warning system, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert and a forward collision warning system with active brake assist.

Editors' Review

After being so very disappointed by the Fiat 500L when I reviewed it a few years ago, I was totally prepared to hate the 2017 Fiat 500X. But curiosity eventually got the best of me, and I recently found myself behind the wheel of Fiat's little jellybean-shaped SUV. At the end of a week of testing, what most surprised me was just how much I liked the 500X.

No, the X isn't the best performer or the highest tech vehicle on the road, though it is roughly on par with much of its competition. However, it performed almost every task asked of it with a flair that just left me grinning all week long. This is a car that's just bursting at the seams with character and personality that makes this average performing compact SUV one of the better vehicles in Fiat's lineup.

Three levels of Uconnect technology

The 500X's dashboard is home to one of three tiers of infotainment hardware; the Uconnect 3.0, 5.0 or 6.5 systems indicate the screen size as well as the level of sophistication offered to the driver.

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The Good The 2017 Fiat 500X boast responsive handling, steering and throttle response around town and at moderate speeds, making it a very lively city car. Optional lane-keeping steering assist, blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking boost safety. The 500X is a very style-conscious car at a budget-friendly price.

The Bad When pushed, the suspension exhibits noticeable levels of body roll, squat and dive. Even at its best, the Uconnect infotainment is fairly basic and lacks Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. At 25 mpg combined, fuel economy isn't exactly impressive.

The Bottom Line The 2017 Fiat 500X is a solid choice for those enamored with its style and peppy performance, but there are objectively better choices in this class.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 6
  • Features 7
  • Design 8
  • Media 6

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