Buyer's Guide

2022 FIAT 500x
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Fuel Economy $ 24 / 30 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 14/40 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 177@5,500
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2022 Fiat 500X MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Cute styling
  • Intuitive infotainment setup
  • Standard AWD

Cons

  • Laggy, unrefined powertrain
  • Small cargo area
  • Poor interior quality

The 500X is the last car standing from Fiat's return to the North American market in 2011. Fiat positions the 500X as a subcompact SUV, and it shares its underpinnings with the more rugged-looking Jeep Renegade. The model is unchanged for 2022 except for a swanky Yacht Club Capri special edition. It competes with other subcompact SUVs including the Subaru Crosstrek, Kia Seltos, and Mini Countryman.

What's New

  • Yacht Club Capri special edition based on the 500X Sport
  • Al-Fresco top option features a retractable fabric roof, available in four colors and available on all models

What We Think

The 500X retains visual reminders of its dearly departed little sibling, the Fiat 500, and the same folks who buy Minis for their whimsical design language will appreciate the look of the 500X. Interior design is a strong point, as well, with trim pieces wearing the same paint as the sheetmetal and chunky, oversized controls. We also dig the easy-to-use touchscreen infotainment setup.

Beyond those few selling points, there isn't much to recommend about Fiat's little SUV. The cargo area is among the smallest in the segment, the seats are uncomfortable and lack lateral support, and interior quality feels below average for its class and price point. 

The driving experience isn't much better. Even after getting a new engine for the 2019 model year, the 500X powerplant is underpowered and unrefined. It rides stiffly, too, even on well-paved roads. As a package, the 500X just fails to compete in a segment that has moved on without it.

Performance and Efficiency

Every 500X you'll find on the lot will be powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with a nine-speed automatic to drive all four wheels. The little turbo-four delivers 177 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque, and when we tested a 500X, it reached 60 mph from a stop in 8.3 seconds. Fuel economy numbers read 24/30 mpg city/highway.

Safety Ratings and Features

Fiat includes zero active safety features as standard on the 500X, but buyers with a little extra cash to spend can tick a box for the Advanced Driver Assistance package. Choosing that option adds adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic high-beams.

The 500X hasn't undergone a full evaluation by the IIHS, but it receives the highest possible Good rating for roof strength and the lowest possible Poor rating for its halogen headlights. (Most vehicles in the segment now offer or include LED headlights.) There is no rating from the NHTSA.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

As is made clear in the chart below, legroom and cargo volume in the 500X trail its competitors by a notable margin. Compared to the Subaru Crosstrek and Ford Bronco Sport, the Fiat has less front and rear legroom and less cargo volume, whether you leave the seats up or fold them down.

Legroom (front/rear) Cargo Space (seats up/down)
2022 Fiat 500X 41.4/34.8 inches 14.1/39.8 cubic feet
2022 Subaru Crosstrek 43.1/36.5 inches 20.8/55.3 cubic feet
2022 Ford Bronco Sport 42.4/36.9 inches 32.5/65.2 cubic feet

Technology

The infotainment space is one of the 500X's few strong points. The screen itself is nothing exceptional, just a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the infotainment software is intuitive and easy to use. Opting for the range-topping Trekking Plus model adds navigation. Most trims utilize an eight-speaker audio system but for those who want more, a nine-speaker Beats premium setup is available on all variants.

What Is the Yacht Club Capri Special Edition?

The Fiat 500X's most significant addition for 2022 is the Yacht Club Capri special edition. Based on the 500X Sport, it features special Venezia Blue paint, 18-inch sport wheels, and a blue Al-Fresco retractable roof (the blue is only offered with the Yacht Club Capri). Inside, buyers will sit on ivory leather seats with blue piping and notice exclusive faux wood dash trim.

Recommended Trim

Can we say none? The 500X just doesn't stand up to other subcompact SUVs. The only reason to buy a 500X is if you adore the styling and can tolerate the cramped cabin. If not, go buy a Subaru Crosstrek or a Ford Bronco Sport.

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2022 FIAT 500X SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.3 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (948TE)
Trim
Pop
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
177@5,500
Standard MPG
24/30
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated