Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Fiat 500X?

There are plenty of capable cars in this sector of the market, and we think for most users the 500X is a worthy option with plenty of redeeming features. It’s good to drive (especially the Sport), delivers reasonable practicality and comes with everything you’ll realistically need for day-to-day life. It’s also encouraging to hear of the 500X’s excellent reliability record that goes against past complaints regarding Fiat build quality. Once you’ve factored in running costs, if the stand-out styling works for you then we think this is a car that should make your shortlist.

‘A slightly left field choice in a congested class, the Fiat 500X does well to keep its head above the water against newer and more capable rivals. That said, it still delivers a genuine option that many buyers will find appealing – especially after the timely 2018 facelift.’

James Dennison

However, we’d thoroughly recommend doing back-to-back test drives with the 500X’s rivals. That’s because there are stronger cars on paper (Mazda CX-3 and Volkswagen T-Cross to name two) that, if the price is right for you, could well be the more convincing option. 

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. The base-spec 1.6 is no longer available, and we wouldn’t recommend it anyway 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.

If you’re dead set on buying a 500X, 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. Secondhand buyers should also ensure that they opt for a post-2018 facelift model, owing to the addition of extra safety and driver assistance equipment.

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