Small crossovers have become such hot sellers that automakers are chomping at the bit to get new models into the hands of customers. With Fiat being known for its tiny 500, it only seemed logical for it to build a small crossover too – enter the 500X.

Pricing and Equipment

The prices for the Fiat 500X start at $22,490 (destination fees included) for the base Pop trim with front-wheel drive – adding all-wheel drive bumps it to $24,885. With small crossovers catering mostly to a younger crowd, this base model is likely the one most buyers will lean toward. It comes standard with:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Hight-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Four-speaker sound system with an audio jack and USB port

Buyers looking for extra features like alloy wheels, auto headlights, a rearview camera, rear park assist, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a five-inch touchscreen without bumping up a trim can go with the Popular Equipment package, which runs just $895.

Performance Pros

FIAT 500X

With two available engines, the 500X gives offers where other small crossovers do not.

  • 2.4-liter four-cylinder’s 180 horsepower moves the 500X effectively
  • Confident handling for a crossover
  • Up to 33 miles per gallon highway with 1.4-liter, turbocharged engine

Performance Cons

  • 1.4-liter engine's 160 hp isn't enough
  • The nine-speed transmission a little jerky
  • Lacks the ground clearance for any off-road adventures

Interior Pros

  • Clean interior design lacks distractions or over-styling
  • Colorful inserts break up the black
  • Road noise is acceptable up to 80 mph

Interior Cons

  • Rear seats don’t fold flat, limiting cargo-hauling capability
  • The headrests on models with leather have an uncomfortable edge on them
  • The optional sunroof gobbles up rear seat headroom

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Fiat 500X received the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick designation, thanks to its “Good” ratings in all the crash tests and its “Advanced” rated auto emergency braking. Not many small crossovers can make this claim.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Though Fiat and its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has worked on the nine-speed transmission to address complaints, we still found it quite unrefined.

The Bottom Line

If you’re wanting to get into a small crossover without looking like everyone else on the street today, the unique styling of the Fiat 500X is a great option, but there will be some tradeoffs.