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.
Fiat introduced the 500X in 2016 and ever since, it's been an uphill battle to gain sales momentum. Even putting aside the current COVID-19 economic issues, the 500X sells a few hundred units each month, while competitors like the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR move a few thousand. After a week in Fiat's little crossover, it's easy to see why.
Perhaps the one thing the 500X has going for it is some cute style. It's like the regular Fiat 500 and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man had a baby. The 500X is a lot larger than the diminutive 500, with nearly eight inches of ground clearance and two feet of additional length, but it's still a tiny-tough little thing.
For 2020, there's a new Sport trim, in addition to the usual Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus models. All-wheel drive is standard across the board, as is a 1.3-liter turbocharged I4 and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
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