2020 Fiat 500X Pros
- Stylish design
- Powerful engine
- Good-looking interior
- Decent handling
2020 Fiat 500X Cons
- Too expensive
- Not enough space
- Poor value
- Poor fuel consumption
In a world filled with small urban sport utility vehicles, the Fiat 500X is the lost puppy. It’s cute and you’d love to see it do well, but the unfortunate reality is that most consumers looking for a small SUV don’t even know it exists. And if they do, they often disregard it in favour of models from Japanese, Korean or American automakers.
The sad reality of the Fiat 500X is that everything it has going for it – great design, sporty and engaging driving dynamics, and a relatively peppy engine – are discounted by a poor reputation for reliability, horrible resale value, limited interior space, and unexpectedly high starting price.
Still, Fiat is pushing ahead, releasing a new Sport version for 2020 which looks pretty good. My fiancé loved the styling and actually went on the Fiat website to configure her own 500X Sport just for kicks. That’s saying quite a bit about how well Fiat designers did with the new Sport model and if Fiat is to ever climb out of the bottom of the barrel, it needs more models like this one.
The problem is that once you get past the exterior, there isn’t much substance. The 500X gets its power from a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 177 horsepower and 210 horsepower which certainly delivers quite a bit of performance, but the fuel economy rating is quite a bit higher than what the 500X’ main competitors can offer. Moreover, the 9-speed automatic isn’t very good when paired with this engine. It searches for the right gear constantly.
Where the 500X really suffers, however, is in terms of pricing. If you think you can get a good deal on a Fiat, think again. At least not with the 500X which has a starting price of $32,245 in Canada and just under $25,000 in the US. Our Sport tester was loaded and had a price of over $40,100 in Canada (roughly $32,000 in the US). It had all the features you could want including heated front seats, dual-zone climate, and a range of active safety technologies, but it’s also one of the most expensive subcompact SUVs you can buy. For $40k, there’s a lot better out there and most consumers probably realize that.
So by now, you probably see that we aren’t very high on the Fiat 500X, but if you’re thinking of buying one, continue reading.
Why You Should Buy a 2020 Fiat 500X
- Great styling that actually stands out in a bland segment – No one can fault Fiat’s design and the 500X, especially in the Sport trim, looks really good
- Decent power from the engine – The Fiat 500X has more standard torque than any other vehicle in its class.
- Stylish interior – The interior is a little quirky, but the quality is there, and the design is unique.
- Unique vehicle in a sea of very similar-looking models – You won’t see many other Fiat 500X models on the road and for some, that’s a good thing.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2020 Fiat 500X
- Poor fuel economy – The Fiat 500X is one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles in its segment.
- Too expensive and huge depreciation – The price just doesn’t deliver value and the 500X depreciates faster than just about any other subcompact SUV.
- Uncertain reliability – Fiat has gotten better on the reliability front, but the brand still ranks 28th out of 33 in the recent J.D. Power vehicle dependability study.
- Not as much cargo space as its rivals. The Kia Seltos, Subaru Crosstrek, Honda HR-V, Nissan Qashqai and Hyundai Kona are just a few models that offer more space in the segment.
The 2020 Fiat 500X could have been great had it just been about $5,000 less. The vehicle has enough of a unique design and is different enough to attract consumers into the showroom, and once they get out on the road they will likely enjoy the performance of the engine.
The problem is that once they step back into the sales rep’s office, they will be hit with the price that isn’t really compensated by generous incentives or low-interest financing or leasing. The 500X is just expensive. Tack on above-average fuel consumption and limited interior space, and there’s just not enough here to make the Fiat 500X a good option. That’s especially true given the numerous options in the segment.