The Fiat 500X was the Italian marque's first true crossover that not only brought another dimension to the 500 lineup, but ticked a lot of boxes for consumers looking for some utility, all-weather capability, and style. The 2019 Fiat 500X faces more competition than before, but still manages to stand out thanks to its Italian styling and lengthy list of available safety and technology features.
What's New for 2019
The 500X gets a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year. Major news is an all-new turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that's now standard throughout the entire range. Power is rated at 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. Aiding in the crossover's versatility is a standard all-wheel-drive system, which was optional before.
If you look closely at the 500X's exterior, you'll notice a handful of changes. There's a new front and rear fascia, LED daytime running lights, and LED headlights and taillights. Three new wheel options and three new paint schemes join the party, too. On the inside, the crossover gets new fabric seats, a redesigned steering wheel, and renovated gauges.
Choosing Your FIAT 500X
For 2019, Fiat has simplified things with the 500X by only offering one powertrain. The new 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is standard, as is a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard now, too. Fuel economy ratings for the 500X now sit at an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 combined.
While the 500X may share a lot of the same components and design as the 500L, the crossover is clearly aimed at consumers wanting something that's a little more rugged. The 500X has black body cladding on the lower part of the body and has 7.9 inches of ground clearance. While it doesn't have the same off-roading prowess as its Jeep sibling – the Renegade – the 500X can still get a little dirty and through inclement weather.
The 500X's crossover body style also results in 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place and a total of 50.8 cubic feet of space in total.
The 500X is available in five trims:
With the new engine, new exterior design, and its usual Italian flair, the 2019 Fiat 500X is a better choice than ever in the subcompact crossover class.