In a world filled with largely forgettable crossovers, the brightly colored 2018 Fiat 500X offers Italian style, all-weather handling, and a fair amount of utility at a surprisingly attainable price. It also comes with a wide variety of optional safety and technology features that help it stand out from the competition.
What's New for 2018
For 2018, Fiat has made the seven-inch UConnect infotainment system standard across all trims, giving all 500X models access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto without requiring a pricey upgrade.
Choosing Your FIAT 500X
The Fiat 500X is actually the Italian cousin of the Jeep Renegade, with both vehicles sharing a plant in Italy. That being said, the two vehicles have very different feels. Where the Jeep is rugged and boxy, the 500X feels like you're inside a fashionable jelly bean; they're two different cars for two different types of people.
Despite the differences, the 500X and Renegade share their powerplants. The 500X comes with a 160-horsepower ,1.4-liter turbocharged four cylinder and a six-speed manual transmission in the base trim level, a rarity for crossovers and SUVs. Higher trim levels get a nine-speed automatic and a larger 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that puts out 180 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all trim levels have access to all-wheel drive for $1,900 more.
Additionally, all trims have access to extensive options, such as a dual-pane sunroof for $1,250 or an upgraded audio system by BeatsAudio.
Believe it or not, the base Pop trim is the most fun to drive. While it may have a smaller, less powerful engine, it's actually faster than the other trims to 60 mph by a full second due to it's lighter weight and relatively high torque. The manual is also in many ways preferable to the nine-speed automatic, as many complain about the automatic's tendency to be jerky and indecisive in an attempt to maximize fuel economy.