What should I look for in a used Fiat 500X estate?
You could get electrically adjustable lumbar support as part of a reasonably priced comfort pack when new, so look out for this option when drawing up a list of cars to view.
Larger alloy wheels can be damaged by kerbs, so check that there aren’t any nasty chunks taken out of the metal.
What are the most common problems with a used Fiat 500X estate?
The Fiat 500X is available with a couple of diesel engines that are all fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). To ensure that the DPF can regenerate (burn off the trapped soot), frequent motorway journeys are necessary because the regeneration process is only triggered when the exhaust is hot enough, meaning when the car is driven at high speeds. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure because only using the car for urban journeys will clog up the filter.
Another potential problem with DPF-equipped cars is if the regeneration process was shut off partway through. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, leading to the oil level rising gradually over time. This can cause damage to the engine, so it’s worth checking the oil level or have the car inspected if you are unsure.
Is a used Fiat 500X estate reliable?
Sadly, the 500X has not performed great on reliability. It languishes in 32nd place out of 33 cars in the small SUV category in our latest What Car? reliability study – one place below the Jeep Renegade, a car on which the 500X is based. Owners have reported bodywork and electrical issues that often took more than a day to sort out.
The Fiat brand also struggled, coming in at 24th out of 32 brands. It’s a distinctly below-average performance.
If you would like to see the full reliability list for small SUVs, head to the What Car? reliability survey pages for more information.