Fiat 500X (2015-present)

The family-size Fiat 500X brings retro design to the small crossover market

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Retro styling stands out from the family car crowd
Wide engine range
Comfortable and fun to drive

Weaknesses 

Owners report poor quality and reliability
Some interior plastics feel cheap
Crashes over bumps if fitted with big wheels
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Fiat 500X Hatchback 1.3 cross plus 5dr dct

Total RRP £23,490

Your quote £17,537

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Fiat 500X prices from £8,095   Finance from £124 per month

If you want the cute looks and carefree air of the little Fiat 500 city car but need a vehicle that's more family-friendly, then the Fiat 500X is meant to be right up your street.

Its bulging headlights and curved roof make it look a like a super-sized version of the mini Fiat, injecting fun and character into a type of car that's often fairly soulless. The theme continues inside, with colourful panels, chrome door handles and a dashboard that feels well made. A 2018 styling update sharpened up the looks, with LED daytime running lights, new LED rear light clusters and LED headlights on top-spec models.

As a small crossover, the 500X is designed to mix the comfort, low running costs and steadiness of the Fiat 500, with the higher driving position and versatility of an off-roader.

Getting the balance right is tough but the Fiat manages to be comfortable and quiet, as well as stable in corners - without leaning too much. It responds quickly when you steer, darting into corners, which helps make it feel fun to drive.

Where it’s less impressive is in the ownership experience it offers. In the latest 2018 Driver Power new car ownership satisfaction survey, respondents rated the 500X worst for reliability and also for quality out of 75 models.

Those criticisms aside, the 500X is a similar package to the Mazda CX-3 and more expensive, but slightly larger Honda HR-V. You'll get a little more comfort from the Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka X but these are less enjoyable to drive.

A cheaper option would be to buy a supermini such as the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa or VW Polo. Family hatchbacks like the Renault Megane, VW Golf and Seat Leon offer more interior space for the price of a small crossover but don't have a high driving position.

Although early versions did offer four-wheel drive, these are no longer available for sale in the UK. If you're likely to get yourself onto really rugged ground, then you'll probably be better off with a four-wheel drive Jeep Renegade, which shares the Fiat 500X's mechanical parts, and is also comfortable and composed on the road.

There are plenty of other examples of why it pays to choose your Fiat 500X carefully: for example, opting for larger 18in wheels will make the ride bumopier and more uncomfortable; the automatic gearbox is slow to change gear, making the car feel sluggish; and diesel engines offer the best fuel economy but are more expensive and heavier, making the car feel less responsive.

The Fiat’s boot is smaller than competitors like the Renault Captur and Nissan Juke but it is versatile: the opening is wide and the rear seats fold down to expand the space. It is a small crossover, so doesn’t feel roomy, but it does have space for adults in the back - as long as they aren’t much taller than 6ft. If you like the design but need more space, then the Fiat 500L people carrier is worth looking at.

The 500X received four stars when independently tested by Euro NCAP, offering good protection for adults and children (there are two Isofix points to securely attach child seats). An automatic emergency braking system that can help avoid crashes is available as an option.

Last Updated 

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 15:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3-years / Unlimited mileage
Boot size: 
350-litres
Width: 
1796mm
Length: 
4248mm
Height: 
1600mm -1620mm
Road tax: 
From B (Free for the first year, £20 thereafter) to F (£145 per year)

Best Fiat 500X for... 

Fiat 500X City Cross 1.0 FireFly Turbo 120hp
You’ll get almost 50mpg from this zippy new petrol-powered turbo motor, along with good response at low revs.
Fiat 500X City Cross 1.0 FireFly Turbo 120hp
The smaller three-cylinder turbo engine coupled with City Cross trim is the best bet for families, as it balances peppy-enough performance, economy and a good level of equipment for the price.
Fiat 500X City Cross 1.3 FireFly Turbo 150hp
It’s hampered a little by an auto gearbox that doesn’t really suit it, but this is the peppiest of the three engine options in the 500X. If you want maximum punch from your Fiat SUV, this is your only choice
Fiat 500X Urban 1.6 E-Torq
It might be the cheapest option in the range, but the non-turbo 1.6-litre petrol is both the slowest and the thirstiest. It also only gets a five-speed manual gearbox, and is available solely in the most basic Urban specification.

Fiat 500X History 

  • 2015 The Fiat 500X goes on sale
  • October 2018 Facelift brings mild design tweaks. Range trim levels simplified. New FireFly petrol engines replace old MultiAir units; diesel versions no longer available

Understanding Fiat 500X car names 

  • 500X
  • Trim
    City Cross
  • Engine
    FireFly Turbo 1.3 150hp
  • Gearbox
    6-speed manual
  • Trim
    There are three trims in total (Urban, City Cross and Cross Plus). Each higher level means more equipment and a larger price.
  • Engine
    Petrol models are generally labelled FireFly, apart from the cheapest version called E-Torq. Their power is given in horsepower (hp).
  • Gearbox
    6-speed shows that the car has six gears. Two types of automatic gearboxes are available depending on the engine you choose: either with nine-speeds or an older six-speed version called DCT.

Fiat 500X Engines 

Petrol: 1.6 E-Torq 110hp, 1.0 Turbo 120hp, 1.3 Turbo 150hp

The 500X’s engine range consists of a simple choice of three petrol engines.The cheapest option is the petrol-powered 1.6-litre E-torq, which is cheap but feels slow and is less efficient than the smaller and lighter turbocharged options. The two turbo petrol engines are a 1.0-litre three-cylinder with 120hp and a larger, more powerful four-cylinder 1.3 with 150hp. All engines feature stop-start technology.

The 1.6 petrol is the cheapest in the range by some margin, but is only offered on the base-model 500X Urban. It is also the least economical, offering only 42mpg; it’s hard to argue a case for it unless cost is absolutely a key factor in your buying decision.

Moving up the range, the 120hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder model is much more efficient, and Fiat claims an official fuel consumption figure of 48.9mpg. It’s not all that fast, but it will keep up comfortably with everyday traffic with relatively little effort – even on motorways.

The most powerful engine is the 150hp 1.3-litre FireFly Turbo. This delivers plenty of punch, but it’s only available with a slightly unresponsive-feeling six-speed auto, and fuel consumption is slightly less impressive, at 46.3mpg.

1.6-litre E-Torq

Petrol

42.2mpg

110hp

0-62mph: 11.5s

112mph

1.0-litre FireFly

Petrol

48.7mpg

120hp

0-62mph: 10.9s

117mph

1.3-litre FireFly

Petrol

46.3mpg

150hp

0-62mph: 9.1s

124mph

Fiat 500X Trims 

Urban, City Cross, Cross Plus

Following a range update (and simplification) in October 2018, the Fiat 500X is now  available with just three trim levels: Urban, City Cross and Cross Plus,

Urban trim level is the most basic, but still gets plenty of equipment as standard, including a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a double USB port. There’s also manual air conditioning, cruise control, traffic sign recognition and a lane assist system.

Moving up to the City Cross version brings a more ‘off-road’ look, with bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear bumper skid plates, body-coloured door mirrors and front foglights. In terms of equipment, you’ll also get a 3.5-inch colour TFT monitor, climate control and rear parking sensors. The City Cross, like the top-of-the-range Cross plus, comes with either the 1.0 or 1.3 FireFly turbo engines.

Speaking of the Cross Plus, this adds full LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof bars and dark tinted rear windows. Inside you’ll get integrated TomTom navigation on the 7-inch touchscreen, a rear parking camera and a dusk sensor. Oh, and a front armrest.

Fiat 500X Reliability and warranty 

On the one hand, Fiat was only ranked 24 out of 32 manufacturers for reliability in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power satisfaction survey. But on the other, it did no worse than Audi, Hyundai, Ford or Nissan. Certainly, the experience of our sister publication, Auto Express, which tested a Fiat 500X for eight months, suggests that there are no great areas of concern when it comes to the car’s reliability

From new, the car comes with a three-year warranty. You can cover an unlimited number of miles in that time, which is good news for high-mileage drivers.

Used Fiat 500X 

Small crossovers are still a relatively new type of car and demand for used models is still uncertain, which means that they are likely to be worth much less as used models than new ones. The 500X is predicted to be worth about two-fifths of its new price after three years.

It loses much of its value in the first year, which makes nearly-new Fiat 500X deals great value.

Fiat 500X: used car prices

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

Best for economy Fiat 500X Pop 1.3 MultiJet 95hp

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Best for families Fiat 500X Pop Star 1.4 MultiAir 140hp

£8,666

£9,495

£8,489

Best for performance Fiat 500X Cross Plus 1.4 MultiAir 170hp AWD Automatic

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Fiat 500X Prices

Fiat 500X City Cross

1.0 city cross 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,064

You could save up to: £4226

1.0 city cross 5dr [nav]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,297

You could save up to: £2243

1.3 city cross 5dr [nav] dct

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,189

You could save up to: £2551

1.3 city cross 5dr dct

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £16,303

You could save up to: £5187

Fiat 500X Cross Plus

1.0 cross plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,802

You could save up to: £2488

1.3 cross plus 5dr dct

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,537

You could save up to: £5953

Fiat 500X S Design

1.0 s design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,114

You could save up to: £2376

1.0 s design 5dr [nav]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,329

You could save up to: £2411

1.3 s design 5dr dct

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,006

You could save up to: £2684

1.3 s design 5dr dct [nav]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,221

You could save up to: £2719

Fiat 500X Urban

1.0 urban 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,222

You could save up to: £2068

1.0 urban 5dr [nav]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,437

You could save up to: £2103