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2017 Fiat 500X: Not the best, but we're still impressed

The 500X is a solid choice for those who find joy in its stylish looks and peppy performance, but the competition boasts better tech and efficiency.

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Antuan Goodwin

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Style may be subjective, but there's no denying that the 2017 Fiat 500X is a stylish little SUV.

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The jellybean-shaped SUV features Italian design that echoes that of the smaller 500 hatchback, right down to the round headlamps and bar grille.

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The 500X is a much larger vehicle than the 500 with four doors, an enlarged cargo area and a taller ride height.

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It's amazing how much more cohesive the 500X's design is when compared to the similarly scaled 500L.

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Under the hood, most 500X models are powered by a 180 horsepower, 2.4-liter MultiAir engine, but a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged engine making just 160 ponies is available on the base model.

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Front-wheel drive is standard, but an upgrade to all-wheel drive is available. However, those looking to head offroad should consider the 500X's more rugged fraternal twin, Jeep's Renegade Trailhawk.

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Around town, the performance and handling feel responsive and peppy. However, the 500X feels less impressive at highway speeds, where the limitations of its suspension and nine-speed gearbox become apparent. 

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The 2017 Fiat 500X starts at $19,995, but options and packages pushed our example into the $30,000 range.

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The 500X's style may not appeal to all, but the level of design is consistent and well executed, as evidenced by the cabin's rounded motif.

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The dashboard materials betray the 500X's budget price and minor ergonomic inconsistencies reduced comfort during longer trips.

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Uconnect dashboard tech is well-designed, but is starting to feel dated. The 500X's driver aid technology, however, feels very modern for this class.

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