Long Term Updates
Long Term Updates
Date: March 2020
The cute-ute craze has once again hit the MotorWeek long term test fleet, this time in the form of the 2020 Fiat 500X.
It comes to us in “Trekking Plus” trim with standard all-wheel drive and sports a playful Italia Blue exterior paint job. Equally playful is the powerplant. A 1.3-liter 4-cylinder turbo churns up 177 horsepower and connects to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
This 500x’s engine may be small, but it’s torquey, which can be a lot of fun. It makes a little noise under hard acceleration, but it quiets down nicely once up to speed on the highway. And then around town, the automatic stop-start system has been relatively smooth.
So far we’ve racked up about only about 800 urban miles, but fuel economy has been solid, averaging 26.6 miles-per-gallon on regular grade. Right on with the EPA’s Combined rating.
Inside are leather-trimmed bucket seats, which are a bit firm, but also nicely bolstered. And, we’re enjoying the standard Uconnect infotainment system. As it is one of the best.
We’re still in the “getting to know you” phase with this 500X, but so far, so good.
Date: July 2020
This very playful looking, 2020 Fiat 500X has been in our fleet for 3-months, with the odometer just creeping over 2,200–miles. That’s much less than typical, as the 500X was on lockdown like the rest of us for the bulk of the Spring.
Back in business, this cute ute has delivered 25.7 miles-per-gallon and more than a few smiles along the way. It’s not quite a Mini Cooper when it comes to fun behind the wheel, but the 500X can be quite entertaining when roads get twisty.
With its compact proportions and modest engine size, the 500X makes a lot of sense in city settings, but that doesn’t mean it can’t handle some country back roads. The steering is quick and it changes direction well for how high it sits. So the Fiat fun factor is definitely here.
The smooth Italian style may not be for everyone, but it’s certainly unique from the cookie-cutter quasi-rugged look of most compact crossovers.
Engine: 1.3 liter