- Chic design
- Classy interior
- Fun to drive
- Not as safe as some
- Less practical boot than rivals
- 4-star NCAP result
Retro-chic crossover with style as well as substance.
The Fiat 500X, first introduced in 2014, is Fiat’s entry into the ever-growing family crossover market. With so many stylish options on offer, such as the Nissan Juke, it faces tough competition to stand out. But it does. The 500X is undeniably good looking, and it really will stand out in a supermarket carpark. It’s not as practical as some rivals, but it still offers enough for most families. Other than that, there’s very little to fault. It’s good to drive, has a cool interior, and it offers some impressively efficient engines. Viva il 500X!
Cool retro design, but not the most practical in class.
Of all the compact crossovers, the 500X’s interior is the best. It combines cool style, with solid build quality. Materials aren’t exactly luxurious, but they’re not really meant to be. It’s not the most practical car in its class however.
When a car looks as quirky as the 500X does on the outside, you’d expect an interior to match. Luckily, you won’t be disappointed. Taking inspiration from the 500 supermini, the 500X features some bold, bright plastics, with some soft-touch linings adorning the top of the dash. It looks fantastic, though the quality isn’t class-leading. It’s uniqueness more than makes up for it however, whilst the controls are simple and easy to use. If you want a family car with a bit of pizzaz, you’ll definitely be a fan when you sit behind the wheel of a 500X.
Despite the fact that the 500X is a family-focused crossover, for most buyers, this won’t be at the top of their wants. Though the 500X isn’t the most practical car in its class, it still offers enough room for most buyers. There’s plenty of leg and headroom in the back seats, though getting three adults in the back might be a stretch. The 350 litre boot capacity isn’t the biggest in the class either, though there’s still enough room for a big family shop, and even a small buggy.
Equipment levels in the 500X depend on which model you go for. But generally speaking, you won’t feel short changed. The entry-level Pop trim comes with cruise control, electric windows, air-con, and a body-coloured dash. Most buyers will want to opt for the mid-range Pop Star trim. It adds essential luxuries such as climate control, parking sensors, and alloy wheels. Whilst Cross and Cross Plus trims add rugged exterior body styling, that match their four wheel drive capabilities.
Overall the interior of the 500X is a good package. It’s unique design will be enough to win a lot of buyers hearts. And though it’s not the most practical car in its class, you will get plenty of kit, especially if you choose your trim carefully.
Funky styling should equal fun behind the wheel, right? Well for most compact crossovers this isn’t the case. But the 500X manages this exceptionally well. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, whilst the steering is nice and light, making town driving a doddle. It doesn’t offer great feedback at speed, and there is a fair bit of body roll, but these are just minor complaints in what is easily the best car in its class behind the wheel.
Suspension and Chassis
Ride comfort is similarly exceptional, especially at lower speeds. It feels almost like Fiat has made the car specifically for our poor city centre roads. It easily irons out potholes and rough surfaces. At speed things aren’t quite so settled, but it never feels uncomfortable. Cars equipped with bigger wheels do compromise comfort somewhat however. Refinement is decent for a crossover as well, with not a great deal of road and wind noise at speed. If you want a crossover to take on the motorway, the 500X is the one to go for.
Gearbox options in the 500X come in three guises. Entry-level models come with a five speed manual transmission, which performs pretty well around town. Though you might wish you had a sixth gear once you’re on the motorway. A six speed manual is also available with higher spec models, which solves this problem. As with most cars in this class, there is an automatic gearbox on offer, but unless you really hate changing gear, it’s one to avoid.
A solid range of petrol and diesels, but they’re not the greenest.
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your 500X, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s three petrols in the range, with the turbocharged 1.4 litre being the standout. Multijet diesels are also great if you want to save money day-to-day, but they’re not exactly refined.
If it’s power that you want from your 500X, the best engine in the range is the petrol-powered 1.4 litre Multiair 170. It produces, yes you guessed it, 170bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds. Hardly blistering figures. But if you want a 500X with a bit of get up and go, this is the engine to go for. It is only available with four-wheel drive however, which not only costs more to buy, it also costs more to run on a daily basis.
Green-minded buyers are often attracted to crossovers, due to their small scale, and solid practicality. The most eco-friendly engine in the 500X range is the 1.3 Multijet diesel. It produces just 107g/km of CO2 emissions. Not quite under the magic 100g/km, but decent enough. This model also happens to be the most economical, making it a great option for money-savers. With up to 68.9mpg on offer, you can save yourself plenty of money at the service station each week.
When it comes to the 500X’s engine lineup, there really are two standouts. If you want power and a smooth delivery, go for the Multiair petrol. Or if you want high fuel economy and low emissions, go for the Multijet diesel. The entry-level E-torQ petrol is one to avoid.
Not quite at the level of the class-leaders.
Unlike quite a lot of its key rivals, the 500X failed to achieve the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. It’s worth noting however, that in 2015 when the car was tested, cars were marked much more harshly than previous years. The 500X achieved scores of 86% in adult safety, 85% in child safety, and 74% in pedestrian safety, but was let down by the 64% it achieved in safety assist. You will however get decent safety kit as standard. All models come with six airbags, a tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic stability control, and hill-start assist. That should keep even the most safety-conscious buyer happy.
Great value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation.
The Fiat 500X represents excellent value for money for family buyers. This obviously varies between model to model, but generally speaking, fuel economy is high throughout the range, with no model achieving less than 42mpg. Road tax bills are reasonable enough, though there is a distinct lack of tax-free model, which some of the 500X’s key rivals do offer.
Insurance groups for the 500X again depend on which model you go for. Generally speaking, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival. The range starts in group 5 for the entry-level 1.3 Multijet Pop, and climb up towards group 16 for the range-topping 1.4 Multiair (170bhp) 4x4 Cross Plus Auto.
Depreciation is a factor to consider with the Fiat 500X, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as high as ever, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Fiat 500X is a sterling attempt at a compact crossover by the Italian manufacturer. It may have a few minor niggles, but it excels in so many other areas. Ultimately, it’s one of the best cars in its class. This is especially the case if you’re style-conscious, or if you want to have fun behind the wheel. It’s not as grown-up as the Mazda CX-3. But why the hell should it be? Having a family car doesn’t have to be dull. And the 500X is the best way to prove your point.
Buying a used Fiat 500X online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Fiat 500X for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Fiat 500X. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Fiat 500X online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Fiat 500X? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used 500X, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Fiat 500X, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Fiat to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.