The side exterior of a blue Fiat 500X

Fiat 500X review (2015-2023)

The Fiat 500X is a modern SUV with comfortable seats and good visibility of the road. It’s easy to drive, has plenty of practical space for people and luggage and comes with essential equipment as standard.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Lots of room
  • Decent standard equipment

Cons

  • Not as premium-feeling as some rivals
  • Can be uncomfortable on larger wheels
  • Boot capacity is nothing special

Summary

“Compact yet practical, the 500X offers good value for money.”

Based on the hugely popular Fiat 500, the Fiat 500X offers functionality, space and versatility. It’s stylish like the Fiat 500 but more practical thanks to its bigger interior.


This car has the fun factor with a range of bright colours to liven things up. These vibrant touches are a nice addition to this family runaround. It has a higher driving position which is great if you like a more commanding view of the road ahead. It’s also good value for money.

What's the interior like?

“Combining contemporary styling with comfort and space, the 500X has a well thought-out interior.”

The 500X is a comfy car to drive. There’s plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment, while an optional ‘Comfort’ pack adds an armrest and electrically adjusted lumbar support.

Head and legroom is good in the back and the large side windows offer a great view out.

The chunky dashboard is where you’ll find the speedometer, rev counter and other important information, while a centre console offers a seven-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It also has a DAB radio and USB ports. Some of the controls are accessed via the thick-rimmed steering wheel. The gear lever is nicely placed for ease of use and it has a chrome-look on most models.

The boot is usefully large, with 350-litre capacity up to the load cover. That's a bit less than you get with a Renault Captur or Ford Focus, but the load space well-shaped and a wide opening makes it easy to get things in and out. Fold down the 60/40 split rear seats and the available space rises to 1000 litres.

What's it like to drive?

“Easy to park and generally a relaxing drive.”

The 500X handles city streets and country roads easily, cruising over bumps well. Light steering and good visibility make parking easy while the clutch is light and the brakes are firm.

There’s a good range of petrol and diesel engines and even a four-wheel drive version. A good option is the excellent three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol which is ideal for urban driving, as well as faster A-road and motorway journeys.

It's not as much fun as a Seat Arona or Nissan Juke, the Fiat 500X is generally quite a quiet and relaxing drive.

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“Good value as a used buy with low running costs.”

Compared with most rivals the Fiat 500X is a very cost-effective option that's comparatively cheap to buy and gives you low running costs


The engines are reasonably fuel efficient, with the three-cylinder petrol returning around 47 mpg and the diesels capable of up to 68 mpg.

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Which one is best for you?

There are a number of versions to choose if you're buying a used Fiat 500X range, with trim levels including Urban, Lounge, City Cross, Cross Plus and Sport. City Cross is a great choice because it comes packed with lots of standard kit ideal for families, including driver and passenger curtain airbags and parking sensors.

The 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines will be the most fuel-efficient but to make them work, you really need to be driving more than 12,000 miles a year. The 1.0-litre or 1.3-litre petrol engines will suit most people.

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