List prices are expensive, but it’s competitive on company car costs
The Fiat 500X is a bit pricey in terms of its list price – even a comparable Skoda Yeti is cheaper – but for many the desirability aspect of the chunky-looking Fiat 500X will justify the extra cost. The same ‘want one’ factor will also mean that discounts aren’t as substantial or as freely available as on most alternative compact SUVs, but it will also keep up resale values high, albeit not as high as the Skoda Yeti’s.
While haggling money off a cash purchase will only get you small reductions, there are decent finance offers on the 500X, with dealer deposit contributions making monthly payments very competitive with other options in the class.
The front-wheel-drive 1.6 diesel model that we put through our real-world economy tests returned 49.5mpg, which is middling but acceptable, while you can expect substantially less from the petrol and four-wheel drive diesel models. Emissions on the diesel are also competitive within the class, making for very reasonable company car tax costs.
Servicing costs are very competitive, whether you opt for the fixed price schemes or not.
Fiat 500X equipment
Reasonably equipped, as long as you avoid entry-level Pop trim
Entry-level Pop trim comes with air-conditioning, cruise control, all-round electric windows and a gloss body-coloured dash insert. However, it’s a bit of a false economy, because it’s the only version in the range that doesn’t get rear parking sensors, fake leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, fog lights, alloy wheels and body-coloured door mirrors. Our favoured Pop Star trim has all of these, plus 17in alloys and the opportunity to add an array of well priced options, including the aforementioned Comfort Pack, which brings a front centre armrest, variable boot floor, keyless entry and go, and electric lumbar adjustment.
Top-spec Lounge has the Comfort Pack, apart from electric lumbar adjustment (which is a low-cost extra). It also has ambient interior lighting, satellite-navigation, bi-xenon headlights, and various style upgrades.
All of these trims are part of the road-biased ‘city look’ 500X models. If you want more off-road potential, then you’ll have to go for the ‘off-road look’ models, which both get more rugged exterior styling including chunky-looking, contrasting metal-effect rear diffuser and front bumper, a protective under shield beneath the engine and roof rails. While the front-wheel drive Cross version gets much the same equipment as Pop Star, 4WD Cross Plus gets as much kit as Lounge trim.
All but the entry-level model have a broad range of personalisation, from stripes to contrasting alloys and various decal kits.
Fiat 500X reliability
A fair showing in the latest used car survey, but an average warranty
Fiat came a fair 14th out of 37 manufacturers included in our latest used car survey, although the 500X is too new to have been a factor in that result. A three-year, 60,000 mile warranty is standard – the third year of that is provided by the Fiat dealer and not the manufacturer, although this shouldn’t affect what’s covered or how any complaints are dealt with. It’s a competitive warranty, although there are rivals with longer cover, including the Kia Soul with its seven-year warranty. Fiat offers one year’s European roadside assistance as standard.
Fiat 500X safety & security
Not tested by Euro NCAP yet, but competitive
The Fiat 500X has been tested by Euro NCAP, and it scored a four-star overall rating. It has get six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, a full suite of electronic safety aids and the four-wheel drive should you want it. The safety pack, which includes lane and blind-spot warning, reversing camera and an emergency city braking system is also a welcome – if pricey – option. All models get a spacesaver tyre, and can be specced up with a full-size spare tyre at reasonable cost (if you want the top-end Beats audio system, you have to settle for a tyre inflation kit instead).
What is less ideal is that an alarm is also optional, which is why the 500X fared quite poorly in Thatcham’s theft tests, where it scored four stars for resistance to theft, and two for guarding against break-ins. Many rivals have an alarm as standard, and also offer three rear headrests (where you’ll pay a small amount extra to get this in the 500X), not to mention those rivals that have some of the sophisticated warning systems as standard.
The entry-level option in the City Look range of 500X models. Includes air-con, cruise control, USB input, multifunction steering wheel, all-round electric windows and a gloss body-coloured dash insert. However, it’s a bit of a false economy because it’s the only version in the range that doesn’t get Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, fake leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, fog lights, alloy wheels and body-coloured door mirrors.
Our pick Pop Star
Our favoured 500X trim. Includes all the essentials that you get with Pop trim, including electric windows and cruise control, but adds the 5.0in colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and alloy wheels. You can also add loads of options to this trim, which aren’t available on basic Pop, including the Comfort Pack that we’d recommend. This brings electric lumbar adjustment for the driver, the variable-height boot floor, centre front armrest and keyless entry and go, all at a reasonable price. You’ll want to add digital radio, too. Only available on the City Look 500X.
Includes all the features of Pop Star and the Comfort Pack as standard, plus it adds bi-xenon headlights, sat-nav, ambient interior lighting, and a colour readout in the driver’s binnacle (in place of the monochrome screen in lower trims). Only available on the City Look 500X.
Part of the Off Road Look 500X line, meaning it gets roof rails, protective cover beneath the engine to help prevent any damage to the underside of the car from jutting rocks, and chunky, contrasting metal-effect front and rear bumper details. Includes the colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB, alloy wheels, and a grey dash rather than the body-coloured gloss dash of the City Look models. Add the comfort pack and digital radio. All Cross models include the Traction Plus system, which adds an off-road setting that uses traction control to better improve performance off the beaten track, or the 2.0 diesel 4WD model.
Complete with the butch styling extras of the Off Road Look, and also includes sat-nav, the comfort pack with its front armrest, adjustable boot floor and keyless entry and go. All Cross Plus models include the Traction Plus system, which adds an off-road setting that uses traction control to better improve performance off the beaten track, or the 2.0 diesel 4WD model.