2021 FIAT 500X

MSRP range: $25,815 - $31,185
MSRP$28,350
Edmunds suggests you pay$24,802

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2021 Fiat 500X Review

  • Distinctive and well-made cabin
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • More character and style than many competing small crossovers
  • Limited cargo and passenger space
  • Small touchscreen can be tough to use
  • Starting price is high
  • Several available driving aids, but few work well
  • Sport Value package adds a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights and other premium features
  • Pop and Trekking models receive upgraded interior trim
  • Part of the first Fiat 500X generation introduced for 2016

The Fiat 500X holds the dubious distinction of being the lone remaining car in Fiat's lineup for the 2021 model year. Not a bad business decision, really, as subcompact SUVs occupy a popular niche with buyers, and the 500X has more styling flair than most. Standard all-wheel drive and a quiet, smooth ride also bolster its appeal.

Still, the 500X feels slightly underwhelming when compared to its closest competitors. It lacks cargo room and engine power, and some common standard features, such as dual-zone climate control, are optional. Other subcompact SUVs, such as the Honda HR-V and Hyundai Venue, offer more standard features on equivalent trim levels. Is the 500X's quirky style enough to make it a worthy consideration when shopping for a subcompact SUV? Read our Expert Rating below before making your decision.

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The Fiat 500X is a decent all-around performer thanks to a spunky turbocharged engine and standard all-wheel drive. While the idea of going Italian sounds fun and a little romantic, it'll also cost more than a few lira, which is where the 500X loses some of its appeal.
The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine works pretty well despite its small size. In Edmunds' testing, our all-wheel-drive 500X test car covered 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds, which is reasonably quick for a subcompact SUV. In typical daily driving, the automatic transmission shifts quickly and makes the most of the engine's low-rpm power.

While Fiat touts the 500X as sporty, we found the 500X's handling to be only average for the class. It leans quite a bit when going around turns, and tire grip is mediocre. If you want a fun-to-drive SUV, you'll have to look elsewhere.
The 500X's greatest strength is its ride comfort. It's quite smooth for a small SUV. The front seats also have a nice combination of support and comfort. We found the rear seatbacks to be a little upright and the cushions a bit on the firm side.

The climate control system is easy to use, but it can struggle to keep you cool on hotter days. And although the 500X's cabin is decently isolated against outside noise, the car's various technology features make so many interior beeps, bongs, clicks and warning alarms that they destroy any serenity in the cabin.
We like how easy it is to get in and out of the 500X's cabin. The generous door openings allow you to slip in and out with minimal effort. The tall windows and smartly placed sideview mirrors make for great outward visibility too. The cabin is roomy up front, but the rear seat, like others in the class, will be tight for people over 6 feet tall.

The 500X's main controls are easy to figure out. The configurable infotainment system is a bit slow to respond but fairly straightforward to use. Our only frustration was having to deep-dive into the touchscreen menus every time we wanted to shut off some of the annoyingly oversensitive driver aids.
The 500X's 7-inch infotainment touchscreen feels tiny and cheap even by subcompact vehicle standards. All the functionality is there, but its size may be challenging for those without razor-sharp eyesight. Our test car's upgraded audio system lacked bass and general low-end punch, which makes some music sound pretty thin.

The good news: The 500X provides three USB ports (more than competitors) to split among your charge-hungry passengers. There's also standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. There's a wealth of advanced driving aids, some of which are overly sensitive. And the warning sounds for some incidents are often more startling than beneficial.
By the numbers, the 500X's trunk is average (14.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats) but it's enough for grocery bags and the like. You can fit bigger items by folding down the rear seats. Storage for personal items within the cabin is much better by comparison. The door pockets can accommodate slightly larger than average water bottles, and a dual-tier glovebox makes good use of the front-dash real estate.

On the child safety seat front, installing a rear-facing seat will be a tight squeeze behind the front seats. There's just not a whole lot of room. The car seat anchors are easy to locate at least.
The 500X's EPA-estimated fuel economy is 26 mpg combined, which slightly falls behind much of its competition. That said, our test 500X returned a promising 29.2 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route, which could indicate that the EPA's estimate is realistic for real-world driving.
The interior of the 500X earns style points. Soft-touch materials abound throughout the cabin, and the matching body-colored panels look cool even if they're just thin plastic. But the biggest letdowns are this mini-ute's high price and charmless accessory sounds. Changing those would go a long way to elevate the feel of this car. Fiat's comprehensive and powertrain warranties run four years/50,000 miles, which are better on the bumper-to-bumper side than some but not as good as others on the powertrain side.
The 500X has personality if nothing else. There are some nice Italian touches inside and out, and they help the little Fiat stand out in a sea of other tiny SUVs. And while it may not actually be as fun to drive as Mini purports, it at least makes you look like you're someone who likes to have fun. That's kind of the point here.

Which 500X does Edmunds recommend?

We think the Trekking trim makes the most sense for most buyers. It comes with essentials such as smartphone connectivity and a touchscreen display, as well multiple USB inputs and foglights. And unlike the entry-level Pop trim, the Trekking can be equipped with a range of options such as leather upholstery, navigation and a sunroof.

FIAT 500X models

The 2021 Fiat 500X is an extra-small crossover SUV available in four trim levels: Pop, Trekking, Sport and Trekking Plus. A turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine (177 horsepower, 210 lb-ft of torque) and nine-speed automatic transmission come standard throughout the lineup. All-wheel drive is also standard.

Pop
This entry trim comes with the basics and a few extra touches, such as:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote start
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Height-adjustable front seats
  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • USB inputs (two front, one rear)
  • Six-speaker sound system

Trekking
The Trekking's unique exterior molding and styling features give it a more rugged look, and it adds a few extra features, including:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Foglights
  • Satellite radio

 
Sport
The Sport shares most of the Trekking's features, but it adds distinctive styling touches inside and out, including:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Unique front fascia
  • Sport seats

Trekking Plus
The top-trim Trekking Plus pulls out all the stops with features such as:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights and foglights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Upgraded technology features include:

  • Navigation system
  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)

Each trim level offers a couple of option packages, typically making the features offered on upper trim levels, such as leather upholstery and a sunroof, available on the lower trims.

A couple of notable packages include the Sport Value package (for the Sport trim) and the Advanced Driver Assistance Group, optional for all trims except the Pop.

The Sport Value package adds:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Sunroof
  • LED headlights and foglights
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • Beats premium sound system
  • Front and rear parking sensors

The Advanced Driver Assistance Group includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the 500X and the car in front)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Automatic high beams

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 FIAT 500X.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$25,815
MPG & Fuel
24 City / 30 Hwy / 26 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.7 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 177 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 210 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 167.2 in. / Height: 63.7 in. / Width: 70.7 in.
Curb Weight: 3305 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.1 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite 500X safety features:

ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
Sounds an alert as the 500X approaches an object behind the car.
Lane Departure Warning Plus
Alerts the driver if the 500X begins drifting out of its lane and no turn signal has been activated.
Blind-Spot and Cross-Path Detection
Illuminates a light on the mirror if a vehicle is in the rear blind spot. If the turn signal is activated, an alert will sound.

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Fiat 500X vs. the competition

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2021 Jeep Renegade

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Fiat 500X vs. Jeep Renegade

Both the 500X and the Renegade pack plenty of personality into their small footprints. The Fiat struts with a bit more Italian street flair, while the Jeep's charms are more rugged and off-road capable (surprisingly so in the Trailhawk trim level). Both models are actually mechanically related, but the Jeep offers a bit more value and better performance off the paved road.

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Fiat 500X vs. Mini Countryman

The 500X and the Countryman share similar profiles, with nostalgic, throwback design accented by big, oval wraparound headlights. But the Mini is simply a higher-grade car, with nicer interior materials and a more powerful engine. It's more spacious inside and more fun to whip quickly through corners. The Countryman is priced accordingly, though, with a sticker significantly higher than the Fiat.

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Fiat 500X vs. Subaru Crosstrek

What the Crosstrek lacks in visual panache compared to the 500X, it makes up for with more rugged capability off the highway. While the 500X Trekking trim stands high enough off the ground to offer basic off-road performance, the Crosstrek stands nearly an inch higher for better obstacle clearance. The Subaru also offers more interior and cargo space and gets better fuel economy.

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FAQ

Is the FIAT 500X a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 500X both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.3 out of 10. You probably care about FIAT 500X fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 500X gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 500X has 14.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a FIAT 500X. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 FIAT 500X?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 FIAT 500X:

  • Sport Value package adds a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights and other premium features
  • Pop and Trekking models receive upgraded interior trim
  • Part of the first Fiat 500X generation introduced for 2016
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Is the FIAT 500X reliable?

To determine whether the FIAT 500X is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 500X. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 500X's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 FIAT 500X a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 FIAT 500X is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 500X and gave it a 7.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 500X is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 FIAT 500X?

The least-expensive 2021 FIAT 500X is the 2021 FIAT 500X Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,815.

Other versions include:

  • Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $26,945
  • Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $25,815
  • Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $27,795
  • Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $31,185
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What are the different models of FIAT 500X?

If you're interested in the FIAT 500X, the next question is, which 500X model is right for you? 500X variants include Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A). For a full list of 500X models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 FIAT 500X

2021 FIAT 500X Overview

The 2021 FIAT 500X is offered in the following submodels: 500X SUV. Available styles include Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A).

What do people think of the 2021 FIAT 500X?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 FIAT 500X and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 500X.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 FIAT 500X and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 500X featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 FIAT 500X?

2021 FIAT 500X Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 FIAT 500X Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,350. The average price paid for a new 2021 FIAT 500X Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $3,548 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,548 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,802.

The average savings for the 2021 FIAT 500X Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is 12.5% below the MSRP.

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2021 FIAT 500X Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 FIAT 500X Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,930. The average price paid for a new 2021 FIAT 500X Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $3,655 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,655 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,275.

The average savings for the 2021 FIAT 500X Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is 12.2% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 5 2021 FIAT 500X Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 FIAT 500X Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 FIAT 500X Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,880. The average price paid for a new 2021 FIAT 500X Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $3,552 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,552 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,328.

The average savings for the 2021 FIAT 500X Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is 11.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 FIAT 500X Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2021 FIAT 500X Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

The 2021 FIAT 500X Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,165. The average price paid for a new 2021 FIAT 500X Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $4,242 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,242 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,923.

The average savings for the 2021 FIAT 500X Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is 11.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 FIAT 500X Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 FIAT 500XES are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 FIAT 500X?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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