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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.


The base 500X Pop starts at $20,990 (including a $995 delivery fee) and comes standard with the smaller 1.4-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission, but the more powerful 2.4-liter engine and nine-speed automatic are available for $1,500, which is required to equip the Pop with AWD. Inside, the Pop gets black cloth seats, and the usual basics like air conditioning. The only substantial option package available at this trim is the Popular Equipment Group for $795, which adds rear parking sensors, a USB port, satellite radio, and floor mats, but several appearance packages are available too.


The Trekking trim level begins at $24,680 and is aimed at the more adventurous, with the larger 2.4-liter engine, nine speed transmission, and selectable driving modes that allow the 500X to adapt to most conditions. It also is available with the $1,295 Advanced Safety Package that offers features like blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and automatic headlights. A $495 Cold Weather Package adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, while a Trekking Premium Package adds $1,495 but comes with a Beats audio system, a panoramic sunroof, and 18-inch wheels. Alternatively, the sunroof and Beats audio system are available in their own package, sans 18-inch wheels, for $995.

Available as an $845 option on the 500X Trekking, the Urbana Edition is a special edition trim level that is characterized by the use of what FIAT calls "Miron" or Metallic Iron paint throughout the car. It also gets unique cloth seats with a chevron design, and four exclusive paint choices. Otherwise, the Urbana Edition gets the same features and options as the Trekking.

Standalone options for the 500X Trekking include leather upholstery, at $900, and a nav-enabled version of the seven-inch UConnect system for $695.


The Lounge trim is the highest trim for the 500X at $26,510, so naturally it comes with more standard features than the others. The Lounge notably gets black or grey interior upholstery, heated cloth front seats. dual zone climate control, HD radio, and a power driver seat as standard features. It also has access to optional leather seats, as well as the Advanced Safety Package and a Lounge Premium Package, which mirrors the Trekking Premium Equipment Package.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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