When we come across Fiat 500Xs, which isn’t everything that often, usually being loaded models. This tester is not a exception: all-wheel drive, the automatic (the actual only AWD transmission option, naturally) as well as a lengthy options list … I’m there are incentives designed for these, speculate it stands, the sticker is north of $32,000.
The steering is odd. Numb, heavy, vague — borderline uncertain a couple of degrees on center, even. The final 500X we drove didn’t have razor-sharp handling, nonetheless it wasn’t notably bad; but, our previous tester didn’t possess the Advance Safety Package, by having a lane-departure warning system that nudges the wheel if you wander while driving. Devoid of the two main to check back-to-back, I’d reckon that the lane-departure technique are messing while using the steering feel, with or without the computer activated.
I suspect that anyone that absolutely needs a lane-departure warning doesn’t care much about steering feel, employing but the, this helped me understand something important about Fiat and its products: They generally tend to feel great and a lot more natural when they’re cheaper. Why won’t Fiat embrace that?
Since it returned on the U.S., Fiat has attempted to position itself as being a fashion-forward premium-ish brand, a kind of Italian Mini. But despite low points of entry — a 500X can be had for approximately $20K — you can spend a ton of money on these matters. Add all the tech, leatherette-trimmed seats, etc., and you will crest $30,000 easily. What starts as being a cheap-and-cheerful Euro-flavored style statement quickly starts looking uneconomical for that younger buyer. In my situation, a minimum of, the bang for your buck in the wide slate of tech and “luxury” features isn’t there.
I genuinely cars. They’re not perfect, but they have personality comparable vehicles lack — and yes, I recieve value outside the Italian branding. The closer you will get due to the underside price, easier it is to miss the imperfections and luxuriate in these stylish but utilitarian crossover-lets for that which they\’re.
–Graham Kozak, associate editor
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OTHER VOICES: I don’t think the steering is actually all that bad — I\’m keen on the additional steering weight, additionally, the car usually be put into the direction I point it. It really is, as Graham mentioned, as numb when your face following a dentist’s doctor office visit, but many modern cars are overly boosted anyway.
I really like that your method that this looks over its platform-mate, the Jeep Renegade. It’s precisely what Fiat wanted, as Graham mentioned — a fashion-forward and chic compact crossover. The size doesn’t refer to an uncomfortably small cabin. While there isn’t lots of space inside the rear passenger area for taller folks, I didn’t feel claustrophobic driving.
The interior is a strangest part of this budget-minded crossover. I could do without worrying about swaths of rock-hard leather in the seats. It may well soften up as your car ages, but cloth seats will feel good whenever you drive away from the lot.
The 2.4-liter won’t impress anyone pictures local track, but it’s good enough for fetching the groceries. The brakes too are perfectly adequate for normal driving, but they also aren’t as potent as you’d dependence on some thing aggressive. Gobs of body roll and brake dive mark the suspension, but that’s probably to generate up for the short wheelbase.
Overall, since the folks at Crosley would say, it’s “an outstanding car” — no more, nothing less.
–Wes Wren, associate editor
Options: All-Wheel Drive Trekking Premium Package with 18-inch aluminum wheels, Beats Premium Speakers, dual-pane power sunroof, all season tires ($1,495); Advance Safety Package with lane-departure warning plus, full speed forward collision warning plus, ParkSense rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic detection, automatic high beam headlamp control, rain sensate windshield wipers ($1,295); Trekking Popular Equipment Package ParkView rear back-up camera, power eight-way drive seat/manual passenger seat, power four-way driver lumbar adjustment, air condition ATC with dual zone control, ambient lighting ($995); leather-trimmed bucket seats ($900); Uconnect 6.5 NAV with 6.5-inch touchscreen technology, HD radio, GPS navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, compass gauge ($875); Cold temperatures Package with heated front seats, heated controls and windshield wiper deicer ($450)
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Base Price: $26,245
As Tested Price: $32,255
Powertrain: 2.4-liter I4, AWD, nine-speed automatic
Output: 180 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 175 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm
Curb Weight: 3,305 lb
Fuel Economy: 21/29/24 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
Pros: Good looking, spunky while using 2.4-liter four
Cons: Numb steering, only available which has an automatic in upper trims