FIAT 500X – RANKINGS, COMPARISONS AND INFORMATION SHEETS
WHY IS THIS INFORMATION IMPORTANT?
This page will tell you everything that you need to know about this vehicle. Buying a vehicle is a huge accomplishment and a huge financial outlay. We want you to have as much information as possible, so that you can make the best decision for you.
The Fiat 500X (Type 334) is a subcompact crossover SUV manufactured and marketed by Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), since its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Following the 500L, and produced from 2014 (from 2016 model year for US), the 500X is closely related to the Jeep Renegade. Both are manufactured at FCA’s SATA Plant in Melfi, Italy.
— Source Wikipedia
- Official Page – Fiat 500X
- Price: Starts at $32,245 CAD
- Comparable to: Volvo XC40, BMW X1
- Reliability: Consumer: The Fiat 500X does not have a JDPower reliability rating.
- Maintenance costs: Approximately $5,220 over 10 years.
REVIEWS AND IMPRESSIONS
We have put together as many reviews and impressions as we could find. Each finds a way to touch upon something that the others missed. If you are serious about this vehicle then these videos are worth watching. If you have review or first impressions that helped you and that aren’t listed here, please contact us!
OUR SCORE: 61
SCORES BY PUBLICATION:
Kelley Blue Book: 2.9 / 5
USNews: 5.6 / 10
Edmunds: 7.3 / 10
J.D. Power: No Rating
Car and Driver: 6 / 10
Motortrend: 6.5 / 10
CNet: No Rating
Driving.ca: No Rating
Top Gear: 6 / 10
Car Connection: 5.8 / 10
What the critics have to say…
Although it shares its underpinnings with the boxy Jeep Renegade, the 2021 Fiat 500X goes its own way with charming retro styling and a decidedly on-road focus.
Car and Driver
The 500X is the last remaining holdout from Fiat’s reintroduction to the North American market, as the 500L and 124 Spider bite the dust for 2021.
HOW DOES IT DRIVE?
If just commuting is your jam, then the 500X does an adequate job. The turbocharged engine delivers 177 horsepower and a punchy 210 pound-feet of torque. That best-in-class torque number means the 500X feels pretty quick off the line and can easily merge into high-speed traffic. The problems come with the 9-speed automatic, which is really lazy to downshift. Plan your freeway passes accordingly.
The new three-cylinder is a good example of the kind. It’s chattery on start-up but soon settles down. Beyond urban speeds you barely feel or hear it, and it’s refined, characterful and relatively willing when you ask. The nicely-oiled gearbox makes it easy to keep in the sweet spot.
IS IT RELIABLE AND HIGH QUALITY?
Is the Fiat 500X Reliable?
The 2021 Fiat 500X does not yet have a J.D. Power predicted reliability score.
Fiat 500X Warranty
Fiat covers the 500X with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.
HOW COMFORTABLE IS IT?
The 500X’s greatest strength is its ride comfort. It’s quite smooth for a small SUV. The front seats also have a nice combination of support and comfort. We found the rear seatbacks to be a little upright and the cushions a bit on the firm side.
WHAT IS THE INTERIOR LIKE?
Passenger space is tight in the 500X, and the quality of its interior materials is far from best in class. On the upside, the layout of its controls is good, and the driving position should suit a range of body shapes and sizes. It’s also an attractive cabin—especially the Sport version with its upgraded seats and snazzy styling details.
Car and Driver
The inside of the 500X is adorbs, with rounded corners and a body-color dash panel for a nice pop of color. My tester is equipped with a two-piece sunroof that adds a bit of asymmetrical charm for rear-seat passengers. Speaking of which, when sitting in back with the driver’s seat set for my 5-foot, 9-inch frame, I have about an inch of headroom and about an inch and a half of space before the driver’s seat would make things uncomfortable on my knees. Maybe keep the back seats for kids only.
WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY LIKE?
The 500X is equipped with Fiat’s excellent Uconnect infotainment system. The 7-inch touch screen has simple menus and crisp graphics, and it’s accompanied by physical buttons and knobs for the basic audio and climate controls. Overall, it’s pretty easy to use while driving, though the touch screen is occasionally slow to respond to inputs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard.
Infotainment is one of the CR-V’s few weaknesses. Most rivals have more standard infotainment features, such as touch screens and smartphone connectivity. Those features come in all trims but the base trim of this Honda, but even when equipped with the better infotainment system, you’ll find that the menu layouts aren’t intuitive and the response times are slow, making the system frustrating to use.
WHAT IS THE CARGO SPACE LIKE?
Leading its class in cargo volume and luggage space, the CR-V not only earns high marks in those subjects, but also by way of its inclusion of user-friendly and useful equipment. We managed to fit 10 carry-on suitcases behind the rear seat, which matched the CX-5 and the Ford Escape. Fold the back seat flat, and the Honda offers best-in-class luggage space.
Car and Driver
The 500X’s 7-inch infotainment touchscreen feels tiny and cheap even by subcompact vehicle standards. All the functionality is there, but its size may be challenging for those without razor-sharp eyesight. Our test car’s upgraded audio system lacked bass and general low-end punch, which makes some music sound pretty thin.
IS THIS VEHICLE A GOOD VALUE?
The interior of the 500X earns style points. Soft-touch materials abound throughout the cabin, and the matching body-colored panels look cool even if they’re just thin plastic. But the biggest letdowns are this mini-ute’s high price and charmless accessory sounds. Changing those would go a long way to elevate the feel of this car. Fiat’s comprehensive and powertrain warranties run four years/50,000 miles, which are better on the bumper-to-bumper side than some but not as good as others on the powertrain side.
IS THE Fiat 500X A GOOD SUV?
The 2021 Fiat 500X isn’t a very good subcompact SUV. The 500X has a jittery ride, a sluggish transmission, and relatively low fuel economy for an SUV of its size. Its rear seats are pretty cramped, and there isn’t much cargo space. The 500X also costs more than many of its rivals, yet it offers fewer standard safety features and less warranty coverage. Ultimately, these drawbacks overshadow the 500X’s finer points, such as its zippy turbocharged engine, upscale interior, and user-friendly infotainment system.
THE FINAL WORD
If you must have a Fiat then this is your only choice in North America. If having a Fiat isn’t a must then don’t. Just don’t.