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2020 FIAT 500X

What’s new

  • Black-painted roof option available for all trims
  • New mid-level Sport trim added to lineup
  • Part of the first Fiat 500X generation introduced for 2016

Pros & Cons

  • Distinctive and well-made cabin with easy-to-use tech controls
  • Strong engine is also reasonably fuel-efficient at 26 mpg combined
  • Standard all-wheel drive makes it a solid choice for wet climates
  • More character and style than many competing small crossovers
  • Limited cargo and passenger space
  • Small touchscreen is tough to use
  • Starting price is high
  • Several available driving aids, but few truly work well
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2020
FIAT 500X for Sale
MSRP Range
$24,590 - $29,495
MSRP Starting at
$24,590
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$25,455
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2020 FIAT 500X Review

A comfortable and quiet subcompact SUV, the Fiat 500X offers a bit more substance for 2020. In previous years, the 500X exuded affability but lacked the performance to back it up. Thanks to a recent engine transplant, however, there's more to the 500X than just style.

Under the hood of the 2020 500X is a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine. While it's no towering powerhouse, the 1.3-liter engine does make driving the 500X enjoyable. Fiat throws in standard all-wheel drive too. Inside, the seats are comfortable and supportive. And on the highway, the 500X is quiet and smooth, and it easily irons out bumpy road surfaces and imperfections.

But the 500X is not without issues. For instance, cargo space is merely average, and fuel economy is subpar for the segment. What's more, the 500X doesn't make a great case when it comes to value, coming in at a higher price than most comparably equipped rivals.

As such, rivals such as the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 make more sense financially. You might also want to check out the Jeep Renegade, which is mechanically related to the Fiat and offers more off-road ability. But overall the 500X has enough performance and Italian panache to make it worth a look.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

7.3 / 10
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.

How does it drive?

7.5
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.

How comfortable is it?

7.0
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.

How’s the interior?

7.5
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 like others in the class, the rear seat will be tight for people more than 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.

How’s the tech?

7.0
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.

How’s the storage?

7.0
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.

How economical is it?

7.5
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.

Is it a good value?

7.0
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.

Wildcard

8.0
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 recommend the Trekking trim level right in the middle of the 500X lineup. It offers all the standard equipment, such as smartphone connectivity and remote start, along with upgraded upholstery, a color TFT display and foglights. It's also available with some desirable options including navigation and dual-zone climate control.

FIAT 500X models

The 2020 Fiat 500X is a subcompact crossover SUV available in four trim levels: Pop, Trekking, Sport and Trekking Plus. Every 500X comes with a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine (177 horsepower, 210 lb-ft of torque) paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is also standard.

Standard equipment on the Pop trim includes keyless entry and ignition, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, and a six-speaker sound system.

The Trekking trim has the above features plus rear privacy glass, upgraded cloth upholstery and an upgraded information display. This year's new Sport trim is similar but has bigger wheels, a Sport-specific steering wheel, unique front seats and a few aesthetic upgrades.

Options for the Trekking and the Sport include LED foglights, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, integrated navigation and a premium audio system.

The Trekking Plus essentially includes all of the above as standard. One key package to be on the lookout for is the Advanced Driver Assistance package. It's available on the Sport, Trekking and Trekking Plus, and it adds a big collection of advanced driver safety systems including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and forward collision mitigation.


Consumer reviews

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    Features & Specs

    Pop 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    Pop 4dr SUV AWD
    1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A
    MSRP$24,590
    MPG 24 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission9-speed automatic
    Horsepower177 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Trekking 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    Trekking 4dr SUV AWD
    1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A
    MSRP$25,995
    MPG 24 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission9-speed automatic
    Horsepower177 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD
    1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A
    MSRP$29,495
    MPG 24 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission9-speed automatic
    Horsepower177 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Sport 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    Sport 4dr SUV AWD
    1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A
    MSRP$26,895
    MPG 24 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission9-speed automatic
    Horsepower177 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    See all 2020 FIAT 500X features & specs

    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

    Fiat 500X vs. Jeep Renegade

    The 500X and the Renegade are great places to start if you're looking for personality in the subcompact SUV class. The Fiat has its special Italian charm, and the Jeep has its rugged good looks. The two are actually mechanically related, but you'll get a bit more value and off-road capability in the Renegade.

    Compare Fiat 500X & Jeep Renegade features

    Fiat 500X vs. Mini Countryman

    The Fiat 500X and the Mini Countryman certainly share an affinity for nostalgia. They both offer throwback looks with modern creature comforts. The Mini is more enjoyable to drive, built with better materials, and more spacious on the inside, but it's also significantly more expensive than the Fiat.

    Compare Fiat 500X & Mini Countryman features

    Fiat 500X vs. Fiat 500L

    The 500X and the 500L might look alike, but they differ in a few key ways. The 500L does not come standard with all-wheel drive. It's also not as satisfying to drive as the 500X. But it is bigger and roomier. For family duty, the 500L is likely going to be a better choice.

    Compare Fiat 500X & Fiat 500L features
    FAQ
    Is the FIAT 500X a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 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 2020 FIAT 500X?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 FIAT 500X:

    • Black-painted roof option available for all trims
    • New mid-level Sport trim added to lineup
    • 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 2020 FIAT 500X a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 FIAT 500X is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 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 2020 500X is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 FIAT 500X?

    The least-expensive 2020 FIAT 500X is the 2020 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 $24,590.

    Other versions include:

    • Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $24,590
    • Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $25,995
    • Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $29,495
    • Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $26,895
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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 Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and Sport 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 2020 FIAT 500X

    2020 FIAT 500X Overview

    The 2020 FIAT 500X is offered in the following submodels: 500X SUV. Available styles include Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Trekking Plus 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and Sport 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A).

    What do people think of the 2020 FIAT 500X?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 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 2020 500X.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 FIAT 500X and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 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 2020 FIAT 500X?
    2020 FIAT 500X Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

    The 2020 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 $31,265. The average price paid for a new 2020 FIAT 500X Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $1,331 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2020 FIAT 500X Trekking 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is 4.3% below the MSRP.

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    2020 FIAT 500X Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A)

    The 2020 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 $27,970. The average price paid for a new 2020 FIAT 500X Pop 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) is trending $1,216 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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