2017 Fiat 500X Review

The 2017 Fiat 500X version launched sometime in 2016 was aimed at Mini’s series of minivans with powerful petrol and diesel engines. Like BMW, the Fiat is keen to set its foot in the luxury auto segment with its 500 series. The last vehicle launched by Fiat, namely 500L was a stylish minivan with large space and comfortability. Built almost on the same platform as Jeep Renegade, this 500X is visually appealing. The 500X is available in 3 trims, Pop, Trekking, and Lounge. While its base model features a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, a better powertrain is available in its higher models.

2017 Fiat 500X front

2017 Fiat 500X – Design and Interior:

In terms of design, this curvy 2017 Fiat 500X looks sleek with nicely designed interiors. A three spoke multi-function steering wheel greets the driver with all features near at hand. Its dashboard is freed from unnecessary clutters with its 500 logos imprinted as a charming dash insert. The Fiat-Chrysler union has enabled its higher model 500X to include – Uconnect Infotainment system. The audio/visual entertainment and climate control are managed by a 6 inch LCD console located at the center of its dashboard. It can also be upgraded to Uconnect Access which offers a voice-enabled navigation system aimed to take phone calls and assist the driver when parking.

Other features are:

  • Daytime glowing lights.
  • Six-way adjustable seats.
  • Nicely lit cargo compartment.
  • 16-inch Wheels of steel for the base model. The top version, however, sport 17-inch

The potential customers can also opt for the popular equipment package and cold weather package without even moving on to its next trim level. The former package includes advanced parking sensors with rear view cameras, touch screen console, and 16-inch alloys. Its latter package offers heated front seats and steering wheels along with windshield de-icer.

The Fiat 500X 2017 will also come with a dual pane panoramic sunroof, 9-way surround Beat’s audio and 18-inch alloys with a Premium package. The seats offered are charming and better than expected giving no fatigue and high level of comfort.

2017 Fiat 500X interior

2017 Fiat 500X – Tigershark Engine:

Like Jeep Renegade, the 2017 Fiat 500X base model is powered by a 4 cylinder 1.4 liters Multiair turbocharged engine producing a 160HP. This is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission and is an FWD. The higher versions of the 500X 2017, sport more powerful 2.4 liters four-cylinder Tigershark engine producing a decent 180 HP. A 9-speed auto transmission with an optional AWD is available. In terms of performance, the Fiat 500X falls short of its competitors even if by a small margin. Compared to its Mini rival, the 500X is a tad slower and its 9-speed gearbox is old fashioned and slow.

While its Pop model offers 184 lb-ft of torque, its higher model offers 175 lb-ft of torque. Regarding fuel economy, higher trim of 2017 Fiat 500X offers 21 mpg in city and 29 mpg on the highway. Its base model Fiat, however, offers 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

2017 Fiat 500X rear

Verdict:

While 2017 Fiat 500X offers above-average driving pleasure and a tidy interior, it surely is not an ideal off-roader. The auto transmission is a mess when compared to its rivals, the Honda HR-V, Chevy Trax and others. Expected to be priced at $20,990 for the base model and up to $27,000 for higher trims, it has been launched in summer 2016.

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