- 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 will be the 1.6 petrol, but its 42.2mpg claimed fuel economy and 154g/km CO2 output mean it doesn’t exactly break the bank.
We’d suggest you’ll get the best fuel economy from the 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.
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.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,188 - £1,385 *|
|Diesel||131p||£876 - £1,168 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Every 18,000 miles for petrol engines and 21,000 for diesel|
|Warranty||Three years/60,000 miles|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£20 - £195
See tax rates for all versions
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
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, which has the same underpinnings, is getting one in 2019 so it’s fair to assume Fiat will follow suit.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.3 Diesel||107 g/km (Min)||£20 - £140|
|1.4 (170bhp) Petrol||157 g/km (Max)||£195|
- 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 and the 500X has 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.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|