Pro's: Very stylish! ( A cross between a Mini Cooper and a CRV) All Wheel Drive at a good starting price (around $24K) Easy to drive and easy to park Small, but not too small. Gas efficient Keyless entry and remote start Con's: Issues with the VIN#'s, resulted in me having a hard time insuring the Car. It would have been nice if the dealership told me about this known issue before I drove off the lot!!! I was only able to find one insurer for my new car, which means I didn't get the best rate. I went back to the dealership and they provided me with a VIN # verification form- hopefully that does the trick. They slipped a piece of paper in my car, with information about the issue when I bought the car. Again, it would have been nice if they addressed the issue up front. I leased the car and the dealer didn't really go over what maintenance is covered under the warranty/lease. Where as we just leased a Toyota for my husband and they scheduled the first oil change in 6 months before we even left the dealership. Back seat is just large enough for passengers, but I imagine somebody 6' tall would have issues back there. Overall, I'm very happy with the car so far.
I have owned my FIAT 500X for almost 7000 miles, and I could not be happier with my decision. I had narrowed my choices down to the Honda CRV, Kia Sportage, and the 500X. Each vehicle had a nice ride and good acceleration, and also had its particular strong points. For instance, the CRV-EX had several cool features (sunroof, lane watch, etc.) and got the best gas mileage. The Sportage had a nice interior and the largest back seats and cargo area. The FIAT was the most comfortable and looked great inside and out; I would compare the interior to a luxury SUV, but for half the price. I briefly looked at the Mini Countryman S, but I did not want to pay for a turbo charger (just one more expensive item to break) to get an adequate amount of power. I read many reviews (Edmunds and elsewhere) that gave the FIAT negative marks for their transmission and their acceleration. I will say that I needed to get used to the gas pedal, it is different from any other car I have driven. Once I figured out how to press the pedal (I know it sounds crazy, but give it a week or so), my driving experience became much more enjoyable. That was when I no longer experienced the ?jerkiness? that many of the reviews had mentioned. Instead, I found that the silky smooth transmission shifts quicker than other cars, and it is even more fun to drive in the ?Sport? mode. The engine is really strong and quiet, and the ride is smooth and quiet at highway speeds. More importantly, passing at highway speeds is very easy. I have not experienced any of the hesitation that other reviewers have mentioned, and most of the time I am at or over the speed limit much quicker than I expect. Gas mileage has been good but not great at 28 MPG, but this is a very small price to pay for such a nice car. In addition to the engine and transmission, I cannot say enough good things about the interior and the technology. It has higher ground clearance, so I can get in and out of it very easily. The seats and the dash layout really feel like they came out of a much more expensive European luxury SUV. I did not get all of the ?bells and whistles? on my model, but I did want the options that are made to keep me and my family safe. The one I use most often is the ?Rear Cross Path Detection? that informs me about unseen vehicles approaching from the side when backing out of a parking space. Very nice. The FIAT 500X really has made my commute more fun and enjoyable, and I never thought I would say that about a vehicle.
Purchased this Fiat 500X Trek, several weeks ago. I experienced my first breakdown, halfway, during my one hour drive home from the dealer. It shut off at 40 mph, and was difficult to start afterwards. Was instructed by my salesperson to take it to the service department the very next day, which I did, with the engine light on for the entire trip. They read the onboard diagnostic. The service tech expained that the computer was reading fault codes and self correcting as it learns. This conclusion set uneasy with me, but I was inclined to take my service manager's advise. Was sent out the door with instructions to return if any further problems. This very same day, I made it half way home, when I stopped for a soda. Upon attempting to restart my vehicle, it would not start. After several attempts of starting the moter, I called the service dept back to report my problem, but was only able to leave a message. After waiting 20 minutes for thier call back, I again attempted to start the motor, and was successfull. Engine light was on however, and it seems to be running out of tune, with little power. The service department finally returned my call, and instructed me to return the vehicle again, which I did the very next day. And was awarded a rental car. After about 8 days, I was advised that my Fiat had a new onboard body computer module installed, and that it was fine and ready for pick up. I finally made my first successful trip home with this car. However, the very next day, The vehicle became difficult to start, and remained in 3rd gear at all times, with the engine light on. So, again, another call to the service department, and I was advised to have the vehicle towed, which I did with the assistance of the Fiat Roadside Assistance, and a local towing service, and was awarded another rental vehicle. After several days, I was advised that there was a loose/corroded ground wire on the side of my transmission, which was repared, and my vehicle was ready for pick up. Once again, I picked up my vehicle, and did make a successful trip home. However... the very next day, having driven about 30 miles, the vehicle shut off while driving at about 25 mph. I did finally restart, but stayed in 3rd gear at all times, and showed an engine light on. I pulled off the road again, and called the service department. There were several attempts at reaching them on this occassion. And my family and I found ourselves stranded for some significant period of time. After a long period of time, the vehicle restarted, engine light did stay on, however it was switching through the automatic gears successfully, so I limped the car back home. Once again, another rental vehicle and yet another tow sevice back to the service department, where my vehicle sits at this time. To summerize, my vehicle has been in service 4 times in as many weeks, remains there to date, has less than 500 miles, all of them being to the service department and back. I have serveral hundred dollars tied up in rental car deposits, and am very disappointed. The most distressing thing is shutting down while in motion. I find this to be very dangerous under some driving and traffic conditions. I will on Monday, ask this Fiat dealer to buy back my car. It is my hope that this car is the "lemon:, and not the entire model. As I do really like this line up of cars, I am sure my dealer could satifactory place me in another like and kind of Fiat, 500X AWD, and look forward to that discussion. Just saying...beware.
After owning my 500x Trekking Plus for over a year now I can say I love it even more. Its served us well , we?ve gone on several road trips and even started a new biz with her. ( Online Antiques and a booth in Vero Beach ) Fiat is a great value.. and gets a bad rap, its connection to Mopar doesnt help. In a year of owning the car the only thing to fail was a Chrysler sourced MOPAR design fan assembly that Fiat ( FCA ) took care of immediately. Mopar fans have a long history of failures in many Dodge- Chrysler vehicles. But FCA is great. They told me it was imperative I get the car back into the dealer and they had the car for three weeks ( parts delay ) but they rented another car for me and I paid nothing . My dealers customer service was above par. So see my experience with my Fiat is that it?s been 100% reliable except for the American part that failed. But she is back running better than ever and I have no complaints . My original review contnues now.. Due to an unknown injury I came down with severe sciatica in my left leg and hip. My doctor said it was probably exaserbated by twisting in and out of my low to the ground 2013 Mazda MX5. So I was on the hunt for something that was easy to get into. By far, and I have owned 25 cars now in my lifetime as a 55-year-old man, the Fiat 500 X is the most comfortable car I have ever driven. Plus after even after having Mercedes and BMWs I find it's electronics , infotainment system and build quality, superior. Fiat is right up there with Mazda in their top-of-the-line cars giving consumers the most bang for the buck you can possibly get for under 30,000. Even a stripper Fiat comes with creature comfort's that you don't see another cars like fully automatic headlamps. Such a minor thing but a nicety none the less . My Fiat 500 X Trekking Plus is top-of-the-line and is only missing one option , the all-wheel-drive feature and the only reason I don't have it is because it's next to impossible to get in Florida for some reason. None of the dealers are ordering it. But never mind, my car comforts me with the heated seats ,the leather, cornering lamps (by the way the cornering lambs are amazing, like personal luxury cars of yesteryear) the dual pane panoramic sunroof, Beats stereo , navigation, back up cam, crash sonar, ...omg the list goes on...it's gonna probably take me two weeks to figure out how to operate every single feature this car has. And with all the geegaws comes a glass smooth ride with none of that herky-jerky transmission stuff that other people talk about, and the solid feel that you get when you shut a BMW door..that wonderful muffled thunk. Plus, my dealer extends the warranty to 10 years 100'000 miles ! I think that Fiat is undervalued and this car is a game changer for the Fiat brand in America. I want to address some of the bad reviews this car gets. In reading them, I find the people who write negative comments about the cars transmission, hesitation, etc are probably bad drivers, or have expectations that could not be met by a crossover. In owning my car and having driven several others in its class , the Fiat 500x offers the best value. For instance , the 500x Trekking Plus has a power seat, the Mazda CX3 doesn't. It's not available. The CX3 gets praise from auto journalists, but it's based on the old Mazda 2 which was a dog and sold poorly. So much for objectivity, the Mazda 2 has been dropped. . Also ,to write a review based on simply driving a rental, should not be alllowed! Rental cars get beat to Hades and back. The 500x takes getting used to. I had to learn how the electric parking brake works, it's not the most intuitive thing. But the 500x truly is a fun, well built rig.
This car is actually fun to drive, and it gets a lot of attention, with people pointing at it! It's pretty roomy in the front. The back is so-so. Great for kids or smaller people. I bought the 2.4 AWD. It hugs the road nicely. The auto shifting is a bit rough. It takes some time getting used to. The stereo rocks, and there are USB ports. It was very easy to sync the phone. The middle screen on the dash has a lot of computer "stuff" that you can program. IE-Alerts you when you are going a certain speed that you have set, outside temp, miles to empty etc. Plus you can have it show digitally MPH (The speedometer to the left of that screen actually is the "old school" 20, 30, 40 etc with the lines for each 5MPH increment. All in all I give it a 4. I would give it a 5, but it's a bit slow pulling into traffic. It doesn't "lag", however. It slowly but steadily increases in speed. It's a quiet ride, and once you hit 70+ MPH it's very smooth. I like it! THUMBS UP.
Nine-speed automatic with console shifter and Sport/Competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
This is a pretty darn slow vehicle. There's precious little power leaving the line, and it never makes much power higher in the revs, either. This engine doesn't have much life or personality to it, and the power seems to drop off pretty dramatically when it reaches 4th gear. Full-throttle upshifts are lazy but smooth, with upshifts in Drive mode coming around 6,300 rpm. It will hold gears to the 6,500-rpm limiter in Manual mode, but Manual mode proved slower than regular Drive mode with Sport engaged. Manual shifting is via the console lever (push forward for downshifts). It seems like it's trying to blip the throttle on downshifts, but it's not doing a very good job.
This 500X gets big-time nosedive, the front end really dropping down with each full-ABS stop. There's also quite a bit of ABS commotion through the pedal and in terms of the electronic noises it makes. It would pull to the right just slightly with each stop, but it required only a small amount of steering wheel correction. The pedal had a bit longer travel than normal, but it had a fairly firm feel that stayed that way throughout. I liked the feedback it gave through the pedal. The first stop was the shortest at 121 feet. The fifth and final stop was the longest at 124 feet.
Slalom: The 500X has the best steering of any Fiat. It's weighty and though there's only a small sense of what the front tires are doing, it's better than other Fiats. The 500X feels playful and like it has handling potential, but its heavy-handed ESC keeps the limits low and dulls the driving experience. Heavy throttle reduction in the slalom. Skid pad: Again, ESC takes the fun away, ultimately relegating the 500X to very low numbers. Heavy understeer here ultimately determined by ESC rather than outright grip.