With no shortage of style and character, the 2019 Fiat 500X can be decked out in a variety of colorful combinations. Fiat delayed releasing the updated 500X until late spring of 2019. But, it was worth the wait. An all-new turbocharged engine, standard across the lineup, erases any complaints we had about the rather sluggish powertrains from last year. It’s well matched to the 9-speed automatic transmission that’s also standard.
In redoing the trim levels and powertrain, prices did go up this year, but it’s still a pretty good deal considering the standard all-wheel drive and the level of content. If you are shopping in the compact-crossover segment, the 500X should be on your test-drive list.
What’s New for 2019?
Every 2019 500X sources its power from an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine working with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Lounge trim level has been replaced with the Trekking Plus adding some new standard content across the board. Freshened front and rear fascias. Standard LED taillights and daytime running lights. Adaptive cruise control and front park assist added to its available features. Three all-new wheel options. See the 2019 Fiat 500X models for sale near you
What We Like
- Stylish interior
- User-friendly tech
- Peppy turbocharged engine
- Solid fuel economy for AWD crossover
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard on all trims
What We Don’t
- Some reliability issues
Every 2019 Fiat 500X uses a 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine for its go. Standard is a 9-speed automatic transmission. This is a big boost in horsepower and torque over last year’s 1.4-liter turbo standard in Pop. It’s a couple of ponies shy of last year’s 2.4-liter engine in the two upper trim levels, but still a big boost in torque. The government-estimated mileage of 24 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg in combined driving is an improvement over 2018’s AWD models.
Standard Features & Options
The 500X is available in Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus trim levels. All prices include the $1,495 factory delivery charge.
The base Pop ($26,235) includes a capless fuel filler, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, remote start, cruise control, heated power outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, 17-in aluminum wheels, air conditioning, cloth seating, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, hill start assist, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and Uconnect 4 interface with a 7-in touchscreen, a 6-speaker audio system, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice command.
Among the many upgrade packages for Pop is the Popular Equipment package, which includes rear parking sensors, deep tinted glass, satellite-radio capability and auto on/off headlamps. The Pop Blue Sky Edition ($27,430) really just has unique exterior and interior trim.
The Trekking ($27,740) features more rugged styling details and adds to Pop’s standard content and Pop’s Popular Equipment Package with cornering front fog lamps, height-adjustable cargo floor, illuminated vanity mirrors and upgraded cloth seats.
As with Pop, there are several Trekking option packages, such as the Driver Assistance Group with LED projector headlamps and front and rear ParkSense parking assist system. And, the Advanced Driver Assistance Group with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers and auto high beams. The Urbana Edition ($28,635) adds a variety of black exterior trim pieces including 18-in wheels.
The Trekking Plus ($30,940) offers a little more luxury. To Trekking’s standard gear it adds LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, a cargo area cover, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating, heated front seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat, an upgraded 8-speaker audio system, a navigation system, front park assist and rear ParkSense parking assist.
A number of the standard features on the upper grades are available as options or in option packages on the lower grades.
The FIAT 500X offers an impressive array of high-tech safety features and gadgets. Of course, it has all the standard items you might expect, such as side-curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes. But we’re especially impressed with its long list of options, which includes forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
No third party has crash tested the 2019 Fiat 500X.
Behind the Wheel
There’s a lot to like about the 500X. We appreciate the interior, for instance, with its user-friendly controls and uniquely fashionable style. The large piece of dash trim color matched to the interior paint is especially cool. We also like the relatively quick steering and well-controlled handling — it certainly can be fun to drive.
A big leap forward for the 500X was scrapping last year’s engines for the all-new 1.3-liter turbo. Not only did we put miles on it running it around town, but we also spent some time in it at Chrysler’s Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan. Its robust turbo has loads of get up and go. Quick and satisfyingly responsive, the engine and 9-speed work well together.
As for interior room, we suspect you’ll find it to be generous for the class. The front seat offers a lot of room (though we’re a little disappointed with how flat the seats are), while backseat passengers will appreciate more room than you might expect from a subcompact SUV. In the back, cargo room is merely average for the segment, meaning about the size of a normal midsize-sedan car trunk.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 Mazda CX-3 — If you’re looking for a little SUV that’s fun to drive, check out the CX-3. Nothing really comes close, but then it’s also the smallest vehicle in the segment and doesn’t offer a particularly elevated view out.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek — The Crosstrek is roomy and delivers a comfortable ride. As with the 500X, the Crosstrek has AWD as standard. And, if you like to stir the gears yourself, it does offer a manual transmission.
The more colorful the 500X the better. We’d suggest picking a stand-out color combination in the Pop trim. If a full suite of safety/driver-assist features is a must have, move up to Trekking and add the Driver Assistance packages. Think twice about optioning the 18-in wheels — they ruin the ride. Find a Fiat 500X for sale