In-depth reviews

Fiat 500X SUV - Engines, drive & performance

The Fiat 500X offers a good balance of strong performance and wallet-friendly running costs

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.7 out of 5

Read owner reviews

The Fiat 500X shares its DNA with the Jeep Renegade, so offers a decent breadth of talent on and off road, but if the driving experience is high on your agenda, you need to choose your engine carefully.

What's pretty much a given in all versions of the 500X is that it handles well for a high-riding crossover, with controlled body lean in corners and sharp steering, although there's precious little feel or feedback from the latter. The ride quality, although firm, is generally comfortable, but the larger alloy wheels on higher-spec models rather highlight potholes and road surface imperfections, resulting in a jiggly ride. There are a few changes for the Sport trim, sharpening up the steering and lowering its ride height by 13mm.

Fiat 500X petrol engines

The 118bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine is far better than the old 1.6-litre engine – in fact, it's our pick of the range. It still isn’t fast, with a 0-62mph time of 10.9 seconds, but acceleration feels lively and it’s powerful enough to make cruising at motorway speeds relaxing. Sadly, its six-speed manual gearbox lets the side down a little, with a ponderously long travel between the front and back rows of gears, and a slow, imprecise action.

The more powerful 148bhp 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine provides nippier performance but is only available with a six-speed dual-clutch DCT automatic gearbox, adding considerably to the purchase price. We also found the automatic reluctant to change down, and the steering-mounted paddles are a little on the small side.

Most Popular

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained
2021 Road Tax explained
Car tax
20 Jan 2022

UK road tax 2022: VED tax rates and bands explained

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Peugeot 308 deals
Deals
28 Jan 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
21 Jan 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
19 Jan 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
21 Jan 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022