Grown up but still cheeky, the 500X complements its minuscule sibling, the Fiat 500, by offering more space and all-weather capability while retaining its classic Italian style. A 160- hp 1.4-liter turbo four drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual; a 180-hp 2.4-liter four and nine-speed automatic power the front or all four wheels. A drive-mode system provides three settings for different driving conditions and the cabin of the 500X is packed with safety features and technology.
The 500X makes its strongest pitch right off the bat, with smart styling, inside and out. Drawn in Italy, the 500X has an aero-smooth, Audi-like outline drawn in Italy, and from all outward appearances, a neat fit with that country’s long history of cut-above tailoring. The 500X incorporates enough of the cute cues from the 500 hatchback, without the weird transitions and tack-ons of the bigger 500L. It’s a more mature-looking vehicle than either of its cousins, but it touches its brand home base with the mustache-and-badge face, a clamshell hood, and these twin headlamps.
Trekking and Trekking Plus versions have their own front and rear end designs, for a slightly more rugged look. Inside,
Fiat has left things neat and clean, with big, round gauges matching up with big, round climate controls, and available body-color trim, all topped by a moderately sized LCD screen factored into the dash for infotainment and camera displays. Other features include an audio system with a touchscreen interface; Bluetooth with audio streaming; a digital display in the gauge cluster for ancillary vehicle functions; pushbutton start; navigation; and heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.