Facelifted retro supermini-SUV gets refreshed look and new engines to match Jeep Renegade cousin

The Fiat 500X has been updated after four years on sale, with details matching its 500 city car sibling and engines shared with the Jeep Renegade. Prices will start from £16,995 - a £1440 increase over the previous car's entry-level price. 

The 500X gets subtle styling tweaks at the front, with full LED headlights and restyled daytime running lights, updated bumpers and rear lights with body-coloured centre section that match the regular 500’s. 

Inside, the interior has been overhauled with new dials, a new steering wheel and ergonomic tweaks across the dashboard. Fiat also claims that upmarket materials are used on the facelifted car’s cockpit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the 500X’s 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system.

Under the bonnet are new aluminium-alloy, turbocharged 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre petrol engines, claimed to be both 20% quieter and 20% more fuel efficient than the pre-facelift car’s 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre engines, which returned a respective 49.6mpg and 47.1mpg in their most frugal forms. This suggests the new engines’ fuel economy will be up to around 60mpg for the most frugal versions. 

Like in the Renegade, to which the 500X is closely related, the 1.0-litre unit produces 118bhp and 140lb ft, while the 1.3-litre variant returns 148bhp and 199lb ft of torque. 

The 1.6-litre E-Torq petrol unit will still be offered in manual, front-wheel-drive form, with 108bhp and tweaks to bring it in line with new Euro 6D Temp emissions standards. The 1.3-litre, 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels have also been tweaked to meet the same standards, with AdBlue injection, but won't be offered in the UK any more. 

Three trims are available: Urban, City Cross and Cross. Each is slightly more rugged than the last, with Urban pitched against C-segment hatchbacks, with the least rugged tweaks. Cross, meanwhile, gets roof bars and metallic trim on the lower bodywork to mimic more serious off-road-friendly SUVs.

Our Verdict

Fiat 500X

Decent styling, a well-judged interior and good practicality means Fiat's 500X is a worthy entrant on your compact crossover shortlist

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The 500X is an important car for Fiat - it's the brand's second-biggest seller in its home market, Italy, while the rest of the 500 family take lofty positions in Europe - the 500L is the best-selling small MPV on the continent, while the 500 is the best-selling city car. 

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28 August 2018

I see lots of regular 500 hatchbacks but rarely see a 500X or, for that matter,  the weird looking 500L.  Perhaps the 500X should have been called the 600 and replaced the Punto directly in 2WD form?

jer

28 August 2018

 when stretching brands like the 500 does not work. Its a fair to good car from my understanding.

28 August 2018

FIAT why have 3 different diesel engine options when that particular market is shrinking?  In this sector you'd have 2 at most and could probably get away with 1 (just to keep your toes in the water).

In total that's 6 different sized/fuelled engines for a model that has a very narrow taget audience. Volvo are getting by on half that number in the XC40 at the moment.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

28 August 2018
xxxx wrote:

FIAT why have 3 different diesel engine options when that particular market is shrinking?  In this sector you'd have 2 at most and could probably get away with 1 (just to keep your toes in the water).

In total that's 6 different sized/fuelled engines for a model that has a very narrow taget audience. Volvo are getting by on half that number in the XC40 at the moment.

 

HELLO,

 

Ever heard of the fleet/user chooser/car need markets?.  They provide the reasons for the engines of choice you do not understand. Do you believe that FIAT sells only into the UK market?.

 

You have been asked before...what automotive senior management positions do you have on your cv?. You know nothing and are just pontificating from your decrepit sofa. Get a job and contribite to society, benefits are for losers. "taget"...do you mean target?.

 

What does Volvo and the XC 40 have to do with the 500?. TWIT.

28 August 2018
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

FIAT why have 3 different diesel engine options when that particular market is shrinking?  In this sector you'd have 2 at most and could probably get away with 1 (just to keep your toes in the water).

In total that's 6 different sized/fuelled engines for a model that has a very narrow taget audience. Volvo are getting by on half that number in the XC40 at the moment.

 

HELLO,

 

Ever heard of the fleet/user chooser/car need markets?.  They provide the reasons for the engines of choice you do not understand. Do you believe that FIAT sells only into the UK market?.

 

You have been asked before...what automotive senior management positions do you have on your cv?. You know nothing and are just pontificating from your decrepit sofa. Get a job and contribite to society, benefits are for losers. "taget"...do you mean target?.

 

What does Volvo and the XC 40 have to do with the 500?. TWIT.

 

u ok Hun?

28 August 2018
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

FIAT why have 3 different diesel engine options when that particular market is shrinking?  In this sector you'd have 2 at most and could probably get away with 1 (just to keep your toes in the water).

In total that's 6 different sized/fuelled engines for a model that has a very narrow taget audience. Volvo are getting by on half that number in the XC40 at the moment.

 

HELLO,

 

Ever heard of the fleet/user chooser/car need markets?.  They provide the reasons for the engines of choice you do not understand. Do you believe that FIAT sells only into the UK market?.

 

You have been asked before...what automotive senior management positions do you have on your cv?. You know nothing and are just pontificating from your decrepit sofa. Get a job and contribite to society, benefits are for losers. "taget"...do you mean target?.

 

What does Volvo and the XC 40 have to do with the 500?. TWIT.

TWIT, What's with that? How about something constructive rather than your idolising of xxxx. What is it that you do you to feel you have the right to critise?

FM8

29 August 2018
Marc wrote:
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

FIAT why have 3 different diesel engine options when that particular market is shrinking?  In this sector you'd have 2 at most and could probably get away with 1 (just to keep your toes in the water).

In total that's 6 different sized/fuelled engines for a model that has a very narrow taget audience. Volvo are getting by on half that number in the XC40 at the moment.

 

HELLO,

 

Ever heard of the fleet/user chooser/car need markets?.  They provide the reasons for the engines of choice you do not understand. Do you believe that FIAT sells only into the UK market?.

 

You have been asked before...what automotive senior management positions do you have on your cv?. You know nothing and are just pontificating from your decrepit sofa. Get a job and contribite to society, benefits are for losers. "taget"...do you mean target?.

 

What does Volvo and the XC 40 have to do with the 500?. TWIT.

TWIT, What's with that? How about something constructive rather than your idolising of xxxx. What is it that you do you to feel you have the right to critise?

TWIT! If you're going to respond at least make it legible, you loser. I could go on but mother says it's bed time.

28 August 2018

 as the Fiat 500, it really does make me wonder how Ford managed to get the mk2 KA so wrong. 

28 August 2018

The 500 is all about style and personalisation, and has sold very strongly on that basis.  Dynamically, it has never been anything special, but it didn't matter to prospective buyers.  However, once you take away its cute looks, charm and cheerful personality, you're left with...the Mk2 Ford Ka! 

29 August 2018

FMS... everyone has their own opinions, and while I agree with you that diesels are still big in the SUV market, that gives you no right to lambast xxxx. You should be ashamed of yourself. Maybe take some anger management lessons. You'll need them.

 

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