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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.8 - 7.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
  • Reasonable running costs
  • Cheap to insure
  • Best is the 1.0-litre petrol

The Fiat 500X isn’t an expensive car to run, regardless of version. Post-2018 facelift, the most costly to run will be the entry-level 1.6-litre E-Torq petrol, and its 42.2mpg claimed fuel economy and 154g/km CO2 output aren't exactly super-competitive. It's expensive for company car users, too, as it attracts 37% Benefit-in-Kind (BIK), so think hard before making a saving on your monthly payments by going for the cheapest model in the range.

We’d suggest you’ll get the best fuel economy from the 120hp 1.0-litre turbo engine, though. Its claimed figure is 47.1mpg so better on paper, and also in the real world during our testing where it easily achieved 40mpg. It also offers better performance and attracts a lower 29% BIK rate.

Servicing, maintenance and insurance are all reasonable too, though a fixed-price servicing package would be wise to avoid any hidden nasties when you book your car in.

Is it eco friendly?

Following the facelift in 2018, the best Fiat 500X for CO2 emissions was the City Cross 1.0 Firefly turbo with 120hp and a manual gearbox, which emits carbon dioxide at a rate of 133g/km. The worst is the 1.6 petrol, at 154g/km.

There’s no hybrid version of the 500X at time of publication, however the Jeep Renegade sister car, which has the same underpinnings, is getting one in 2019 so it’s fair to assume Fiat will follow suit.

Fiat 500X instruments

Is it reliable?

  • No serious horror stories
  • Owners’ reviews not concerning
  • Just one recall and that’s been fixed

While Italian cars don’t generally have a great reliability reputation, that’s become more myth than reality nowadays, ever since the Fiat 500 went on sale in 2007. The newer 500X has established itself a good record of dependability. There’s been a single recall through the car’s long lifecycle, and the fault with loss of drive will have been fixed by Fiat for free.

Our owners’ reviews show there aren’t any common faults to be concerned about – a few owners report electrical systems have gone wrong but these seem to be isolated incidents. But it's not all good news, as JD Power's 2019 Vehicle Dependency Survey concluded that Fiat still has some way to go in terms of satisfaction. It came 23rd out of 24 carmakers, with a reported 173 faults per 100 vehicles.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £200
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 5 - 16
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