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2019 FIAT 500X

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$24,740 — $29,445 MSRP
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Normile

Fiat’s funky 500X subcompact SUV gets some mild updates for the 2019 model year in the form of updated exterior styling and new cabin materials. The big news, however, comes in a new turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive.

Related: What’s the Best Subcompact SUV for 2018?

Fiat claims the new engine puts out 177 horsepower and 210 pounds-feet of torque, which should give the little ‘ute some relative pep off the line, although no performance numbers otherwise are public yet. The 2018 500X offered either a turbo 1.4-liter or non-turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder, with outputs maxing at 180 hp (2.4-liter) and 184 pounds-feet (1.4-liter turbo). The new engine works exclusively with a nine-speed automatic transmission; the manual from 2018 is gone. Fiat also claims improved fuel efficiency, but published EPA numbers aren’t out yet to confirm this. Engine and transmission response can be adjusted with either Auto, Sport or Traction Plus settings, the latter designed to improve traction in low-speed, low-grip situations. The engine and transmission combination is the only one offered across the 500X’s three trim levels (Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus).

Formerly optional, all-wheel drive is now standard for the 2019 500X, joining Subaru’s Crosstrek as the only cars in the class with standard all-wheel drive. Some alternatives, like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR, come only with front-wheel drive.

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Fiat’s funky 500X subcompact SUV gets some mild updates for the 2019 model year in the form of updated exterior styling and new cabin materials. The big news, however, comes in a new turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive.

Related: What’s the Best Subcompact SUV for 2018?

Fiat claims the new engine puts out 177 horsepower and 210 pounds-feet of torque, which should give the little ‘ute some relative pep off the line, although no performance numbers otherwise are public yet. The 2018 500X offered either a turbo 1.4-liter or non-turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder, with outputs maxing at 180 hp (2.4-liter) and 184 pounds-feet (1.4-liter turbo). The new engine works exclusively with a nine-speed automatic transmission; the manual from 2018 is gone. Fiat also claims improved fuel efficiency, but published EPA numbers aren’t out yet to confirm this. Engine and transmission response can be adjusted with either Auto, Sport or Traction Plus settings, the latter designed to improve traction in low-speed, low-grip situations. The engine and transmission combination is the only one offered across the 500X’s three trim levels (Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus).

Formerly optional, all-wheel drive is now standard for the 2019 500X, joining Subaru’s Crosstrek as the only cars in the class with standard all-wheel drive. Some alternatives, like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR, come only with front-wheel drive.

Other changes to the 500X include very minor revisions to the exterior lines as well as new optional LED headlights. Seventeen-inch aluminum wheels or 18-inch matte-gray aluminum wheels are optional on Trekking models; 17-inch matte black wheels or the same 18-inchers are optional on the Trekking Plus.

Related: Amid Sinking Sales, Fiat Launches 2018 500X Blue Sky Edition

Tech includes a standard 7-inch multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as newly available safety features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

Including the destination fee, the new 500X will have a starting price of $25,785. That’s up a hefty $4,495 versus the outgoing 500X, but the old model’s base variant had a manual transmission and front-wheel drive. Versus the cheapest 500X with AWD and the automatic, pricing is up just $600. Fiat says the 2019 500X goes on sale in the spring of 2019.

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New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 500X received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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