2016 Fiat 500X
Don’t tell Don Draper, but advertising can only get you so far. And so, to take their brand and sales to new levels, Fiat has launched the 500X, entering the subcompact crossover market with a product capable of big time success.
Even with lots of players, including the chassis sharing Jeep Renegade, the 500X has just enough of that “out-there” styling to see it as special. Exaggerated lighting, signature badging, and the flair of its Italian origins easily set it apart.
Inside, body color accents and unique color schemes lend to a pleasant space that is also surprisingly comfortable. UConnect easily handles infotainment, and controls are basic. Gauges, dash layout, and details like the door handles add the “pop” Fiat is known for.
For mass appeal, though, the 500X is the brand’s first all-wheel drive effort; also sharing some of those mechanicals the Renegade.
Here, the rear axle remains completely disconnected until slipping occurs, and power is sent back. It’s available with the 180 horsepower 2.4 liter inline 4 only. Power felt aplenty here, and the 9 speed auto continues to work out the kinks. Base engine is a 160 horsepower 1.4 liter turbo 4 with a 6 speed manual.
PATRICK LUCAS: “The 500X to me seems like Fiat’s most conservative offering. It’s got the funky styling of the 500 without the odd proportions the 500L…this 500X is a little bit smaller, but there’s still plenty of cargo room out back. The look is quirky enough …just a little more practical.”
JOHN DAVIS: On sale now, the 2016 Fiat 500X starts at about $21,000.
Engine: 2.4 liter / 1.4 liter
Horsepower: 180 / 160
Price: Starts around $21,000