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 

Slow automatic gearbox
Some interior plastics feel cheap
Crashes over bumps if fitted with big wheels

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.

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.

It’s 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.

The 500X is available in two packages: the standard version is called City Look; the second is Off-Road Look, which is more rugged with chunkier bumpers and better control on slippery surfaces like mud or snow. They are also available with four-wheel drive, which makes the 500X capable of tackling boggy, rutted tracks.

It's one of the few small crossovers that is designed for the harsher conditions of driving off tarmac. However, 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.

Four-wheel drive versions of the 500X do have significantly worse fuel economy than standard two-wheel-drive models, where the engine only powers the front wheels. 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 

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 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 Pop 1.3 MultiJet 95hp
This efficient diesel returns 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 107g/km of CO2 but the penalty is that the car feels slow.
Fiat 500X Pop Star 1.4 MultiAir 120hp
Unless you’re covering high mileages, the 1.4-litre petrol Fiat 500X is the best choice, Pop Star offers you the most equipment for your money.
Fiat 500X Cross Plus 1.4 MultiAir 170hp AWD
The most powerful petrol engine isn’t efficient and loses value fast but it is quick and comes with the all-wheel-drive system, offering impressive off-road ability.
Fiat 500X Cross Plus 2.0 MultiJet 140hp AWD Automatic
The automatic gearbox just doesn't suit this vehicle and the price tag is enough to bust even bulging wallets.

Fiat 500X History 

  • 2015 The Fiat 500X goes on sale

Understanding Fiat 500X car names 

  • 500X
  • Trim
    Pop Star
  • Engine
    1.4 MultiAir 140hp
  • Gearbox
    6-speed manual
  • Trim
    There are five trims in total (Pop, Pop Star, Lounge. Cross and Cross Plus). Each higher level means more equipment and a larger price.
  • Engine
    Petrol models are generally labelled MultiAir, apart from the cheapest version called E-Torq. Diesel models are dubbed MultiAir. 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-litre E-Torq 110hp, 1.4-litre MultiAir 140hp, 1.4-litre MultiAir 170hp
Diesel 1.3-litre MultiJet 95hp, 1.6-litre MultiJet 120hp, 2.0-litre MultiJet 140hp

The 500X’s engine range can appear confusing, as some motors are only available on certain versions of the car.

The cheapest option is the petrol-powered 1.6-litre E-torq, which is cheap but feels slow and is less efficient than the best engine in the range: the 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol motor. This is smaller and lighter than the 1.6 engine but has a turbocharger fitted, which makes it more powerful too. It responds with a burst of power the instant that you press the accelerator which makes the car feel zippy and more fun to drive. Its official fuel economy figure from laboratory testing is 47.1mpg, but you’re unlikely to get much more than 40mpg in the real world. Even so, unless you’re covering high mileages, then this comes recommended.

There’s a more powerful version of the same MultiAir engine, with 170 horsepower (hp) rather than 140hp. It’s only available on four-wheel drive models and is quick, accelerating from 0-62mph in 8.6sec, but thirsty, with an official fuel economy figure of 42.2mpg.

At first glance, the cheapest diesel engine, a 1.3-litre MultiJet appears to be an ideal choice. It costs little more than the 1.4-petrol and has an official fuel economy figure of 68.9mpg - again, in real-world driving this is likely to be below 60mpg. Performance feels slow, though.

The more powerful 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel engine is £1,000 more but offers faster acceleration, which means less dawdling when getting up to speed or overtaking and the fuel economy figure is identical to the cheapest diesel. Both of the diesel engines are heavy. You feel this in corners, making the car feel ponderous and less agile.

The most powerful MultiJet 140hp diesel engine is only really worth considering if true off-road capability is a necessity because it can only be specified with the four-wheel drive. While this is great for off-roading, it isn't so good for long motorway runs, as it can be noisy and it's not particular fuel efficient.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration

Top speed

1.6-litre E-Torq

Petrol

44.1mpg

110hp

0-62mph: 11.5s

112mph

1.4-litre MultiAir

Petrol

47.1mpg

140hp

0-62mph: 9.8s

118mph

1.4-litre MultiAir

Petrol

42.2mpg

170hp

0-62mph: 8.6s

124mph

1.3-litre MultiJet

Diesel

68.9mpg

95hp

0-62mph: 12.9s

107mph

1.6-litre MultiJet

Diesel

68.9mpg

120hp

0-62mph: 10.5s

116mph

2.0-litre MultiJet

Diesel

51.4mpg

140hp

0-62mph: 9.8s

118mph

Fiat 500X Trims 

Pop, Pop Star, Lounge, Cross, Cross Plus

The Fiat 500X’s trim levels let you know the equipment that comes as standard and are split into the Off-Road Look cars, which have a more rugged design, and City Look versions, which appear simpler from the outside.

The City Look cars begin with the cheapest Pop specification, with remote central locking, an electronic parking brake, air conditioning, cruise control, a radio with USB and aux-in and 16in alloy wheels. Electric windows at the front and back are standard too, along with remote central locking and six airbags. The dashboard panels inside are the same colour as the car outside.

The only engines available with this trim level are the slowest petrol and diesel versions, which adds to the budget feel of the cars.

Moving up to the Pop Star trim level is expensive: the official list price is £2,500 more, although some Fiat 500X deals will reduce the cost. It does buy you several useful additions, including a 5in touchscreen with DAB radio, sat-nav, Bluetooth, USB and an aux-in socket.

Other extra equipment includes 17in alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, front fog lamps, rear parking sensors and climate control that maintains a set temperature in the car. A wider range of engines is available with Pop Star cars.

It’s another hefty leap of almost £2,000 to the next level up: Lounge. This is meant to make the car more stylish, so includes artificial leather panels in the seats, and aluminium-effect panels inside. Outside, there are more chrome strips, tinted rear windows and larger 18in alloy wheels. In a triumph of style over substance, these make the car more uncomfortable over bumps. Extra equipment includes a larger 6.5in touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard and keyless entry, so you can unlock the car without taking the key fob out of your pocket, and start the engine with a button.

There are two trim levels for Off-Road Look cars, both of which are available with optional four-wheel drive,

Cross is almost identical to Pop Star, and features the 5in touchscreen, 17in alloy wheels and climate control. The dashboard panels are grey, rather than body-coloured and the car also has a sytem called Traction+, which increases control on slippery surfaces. Outside, chunkier bumpers make the car look more like an off-roader. Cross Plus is equivalent to Lounge trim.

Fiat charges more for many options that rivals offer as standard on their more expensive models. Automatic windscreen wipers and headlights, which activate when it rains or gets dark, are part of a £250 visibility pack on new cars, while heated seats and a heated steering wheel are included in a £400 cold weather pack. Lots of useful safety equipment is only available as an option: automatic emergency braking, a rear camera, a warning of vehicles in your blind spot, and lane departure warning, which alerts you if you drift out of your lane on the motorway, are included in the dynamic safety pack for £750.

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.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Fiat 500X deals or search for all new and used Fiat 500X offers.

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Best for economy

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£16,835

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Fiat 500X Pop 1.3 MultiJet 95hp

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Fiat 500X Pop Star 1.4 MultiAir 140hp

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Fiat 500X Cross Plus 1.4 MultiAir 170hp AWD Automatic

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Prices correct at time of publication