- Simplified line-up post-facelift
- Road tests of two versions so far
- Find out which one you should pick
The best Fiat 500X for the vast majority of buyers, following the 2018 facelift, at least, is the City Cross with the 120hp 1.0-litre petrol engine and manual gearbox. You’re able to order a base-spec 1.6 too, but while this is the cheapest, we wouldn’t recommend it because you don’t get a lot of kit or performance and its poorer resale value means it’ll work out more expensive to finance over the course of a PCP.
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Fiat 500X Cross Plus FireFly Turbo 1.0 120hp (tested by Gareth Evans, November 2018)
This version of the 500X is the most expensive trim level. As such you get an excellent level of standard equipment and our car’s only optional extra was the green metallic paint, which costs £550 at time of writing.
Highlights from the features list includes:
- LED headlights
- Front armrest
- Automatic climate control
- Rear parking sensors
- Cruise control
You also get a 7.0-inch touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is great news because we found the built-in sat-nav system to be incredibly slow – frustratingly causing us to miss junctions in Bristol city centre during rush hour.
But on the other hand, Fiat’s standard traffic sign recognition system links into the car’s speed limiter, which effectively makes it impossible to break the advertised limit. We tested this and it worked very well, though a few times it failed to pick up national speed limit signs when coming out of residential areas.
We’re not sure we’d go for this specification, though. The mid-spec City Cross offers a better blend of kit, with most of the tech you need, and smaller 17-inch wheels with bigger sidewalls so the ride quality is improved.
This is certainly the engine you want, though. It’s a very characterful motor with nicely linear power delivery and good response. We found the six-speed gearbox well matched too, with a positive shift action and decent feel to the gearlever.
The Parkers Verdict
If you’re after a Fiat 500X then this is the best you’ll get – top trim and our pick of engine. However, we think City Cross is a better value proposition, so delve deeply into the specs to work out which one’s going to be right for you.
Fiat 500X 1.6 Multijet Pop Star review by Adam Binnie, New Cars Editor
Large circular headlamps, chrome nose, and the clamshell bonnet are instantly recognisable while the interior will be familiar if you’re trading up from a 500. The glossy buttons, pool-ball gearknob and body coloured dashboard inserts are all present.
Crossovers of this size are often pitched as a rugged off-roader or a chic style icon, and rather than limiting the appeal of the 500X, Fiat actually offers both depending on which trim you choose.
Pop, Pop Star and Lounge specifications come with smooth, body-coloured bumpers and chrome details, whereas Cross and Cross Plus cars feature protective-style mouldings, a rugged-looking grey dashboard panel, and the option of four-wheel drive.
Good standard equipment and plenty of options
Our car comes in the city-look Pop Star trim, with a 1.6-litre diesel engine. It is middle of the road in terms of price, equipment and power, so it represents a happy medium.
The seats are hard and while there is plenty of headroom and space in the front, there’s not as much as you would expect for rear passengers. Boot space can be expanded from 350 litres to 1,000 litres by dropping the rear bench, and the front seat folds flat for longer items.
On the road our car costs £19,345 and has 17-inch alloys, automatic climate control and rear parking sensors.
You also get a 'Drive Mood' selector, which is not included in Pop trim cars and allows you to tailor the engine, steering, ESC and automatic gearbox (where fitted) for Sport or All Weather driving, plus an automatic mode.
Standard at this grade is a five-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth, but we’ve got a 6.5-inch screen with DAB radio and satellite navigation added by the Nav Pack (£1,000). It’s a pricey but good system. In total the car as tested costs £21,545.
One option we would definitely select is the Winter Pack (£150) which adds heated windscreen and steering wheel.
Does it feel like a 500 to drive?
A bit. It certainly rides well and feels composed while cornering but there’s no escaping its size. That said, it is quite entertaining on a sweeping A-road.
The engines available from launch include a 1.4-litre petrol, a 2.0-litre diesel, and the 120hp, 1.6-litre diesel in our car.
Fiat says it’s good for 68.9mpg and 109g/km CO2 so it’s a good choice for a company car driver. It offers a strong swell of power but becomes strained and a bit noisy at high revs. The 1.4-litre petrol makes more sense if you’re buying privately as it is slightly smoother.
The more powerful 2.0-litre diesel shaves 0.7 seconds off our car’s 10.5 second 0-62mph sprint, but it’s less efficient, claiming 51.4mpg and 144g/km CO2.
The Parkers Verdict
Giving the Fiat 500 more space for people and things was only ever going to get the 500X so far, so we are happy to report that it’s a pretty decent drive too.
If you want a good-looking and practical family car then the 500X should definitely be on your radar.
We’d buy a petrol powered Pop Star if it was our money, though.
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November 2014 - 500X launched with Pop, Pop Star, Lounge, Cross and Cross Plus specifications. All-wheel drive was available on both petrol and diesel engines, but the majority were front-wheel drive, and there was a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.
August 2015 – Fiat launches Mopar accessory range for the 500X, including Xtra Packs to bundle features in together. Over 100 parts available to personalise your car inside or out. Or both.
February 2017 – Fulham FC special edition announced as limited run of 15 cars to celebrate a partnership with the football club. Stickers and trim in the team’s colours is the basic gist.
February 2018 – updates to 500X range for 2018 model year include next-gen multimedia system and a range pared down to three trims: Pop, Pop Star and Cross Plus. Engines now 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0-litre Multiair petrols or 1.6-litre E-Torq diesel. Gearboxes are manual and twin-clutch automatic, front- and all-wheel drive offered.
October 2018 – Major mid-life facelift for 500X ushers in simplified three-tier trim structure (Urban, City Cross and Cross Plus) along with new Firefly engines – 1.0 and 1.3-litre petrols – while diesel and all-wheel drive discontinued.
January 2019 - S-Design trim added to the range with black exterior detailing and exclusive interior upholstery. It's based on City Cross trim and comes with both petrol engines.
- Fiat has decent finance offers on new 500Xs
- It’s a pretty popular car so there will be a lot out there
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Buying a new Fiat 500X SUV
Fiat is able to offer some very appealing PCP finance deals on a new 500X, and that’s how the majority of cars will be sold.
The most popular models will be 1.0-litre engines and City Cross trim, since that offers the best blend of kit and cost.
Following the facelift in 2018 Fiat dropped the all-wheel drive model due to low customer demand, but we found the automatic gearbox available with the 1.3-litre engine to be impressive if that’s on your list of requirements. Otherwise the manual ‘box is absolutely fine.
Go into the dealership with haggling on the brain, because they should be keen to do a deal to get you behind the wheel. Failing that, consider trying brokers or car supermarkets too, since they buy cars in bulk and are often able to offer even more of a discount.
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Buying a used Fiat 500X SUV
There should be a good selection of 500Xs for sale on the secondhand market, so make sure you go armed with all the information you need to buy a decent car.
It’s likely to have been used as family transport, so watch out for any damage to the bodywork, interior or wheels that could indicate the car’s had a tough life.
While the 2.8-star score in our owners’ reviews doesn’t indicate a particularly reliable machine, there aren’t too many reports, which could indicate a few isolated issues rather than a serious problem.
As ever, ensure you carry out a Parkers Car History Check to sniff out any hidden history you need to be aware of.
Selling your Fiat 500X SUV
There will be a lot of competition out there when you’re selling a 500X, so it’ll pay to make your advert stand out by listing all spec and taking lots of clear photographs and perhaps even a walkaround video of the car to show it off in its best light.
Also consider spending a little cash getting minor damage fixed – dealers will do this anyway so your car needs to be in as good condition as theirs.
Price your car accurately by carrying out a Parkers Valuation adjusted for mileage and optional extras.