More and more people are leaving the suburbs and moving to cities every year. As a result, they need smaller cars. Add the renewed Fiat 500X to the mix: the 2019 edition undergoes a slight makeover, a new engine designed for high-performance brake lights, a standard all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. (Sorry, no gear lever.)
The 500X is a nice car in a competitive market – think Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3. The 14-foot length of the 500X allows for a decent luggage hold but not a spacious rear seat. Fiat offers useful help to the driver, but Adaptive Cruise Control is not a stop function. Did we mention that the dashboard is to die for on our test car? Fiat also means style.
You may remember a TV ad, circa 2016, from an old gentleman tossing a Viagra-looking pill to his mouth. It's missing, the blue pill bounces off the bathroom window, into the gutters and steep urban roofs, and into the fuel tank of a car whose engine turns and roars when passers-by, men and women , smile with gratitude. This is the Fiat 500X: cheeky, fun, a little hint of romance.
For the 2019 500X, Fiat has tweaked the exterior with new designs for headlamps, fog lights and taillights. The false front protection plate has disappeared. There are new models of wheels and inside, padding styles have been reviewed. But the big change is the engine.
For 2016 to 2018, the Fiat 500X proposed a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine developing 160 hp (160 hp) (or a four-cylinder without turbo 175 hp). The new 2019 MultiAir III (the same engine as the Jeep Renegade) drops to 1.3 liters, still four cylinders, plus a low-inertia turbocharger with an electronically triggered relief valve, thus preventing the engine from overheating. supply too much pressurized air into the tank. engine Add a variable valve timing and you get what would have been a race car engine a generation ago (ie more than 100 hp for 1.0 liter of displacement).
It develops 177 hp, which is good (136 hp / liter) and 210 lb-ft of torque, which is simply incredible for a motor that is neither diesel nor electric. In addition, the couple is there, at 2200 rpm. This results in stellar performance at low speeds. The car looks like a Ferrari the first two or three seconds, you have trouble turning on the gas.
During a day of testing, driving the car on a round trip into downtown Manhattan, winding suburban / country roads and along the New Palisade. Jersey / New York over the Hudson River, it was a pleasant cruiser. The air conditioning was working well, the high-end Beats Audio audio system with eight speakers sounded good, and the pilot and co-pilot had proper leg and headroom. But we sat side by side, as you would expect in a smaller SUV.
The engine immediately responded to fill the gaps in heavy traffic and the car was pleasant to drive. As suggested by the torque curve with its initial peak, 0-30 mph is rising rapidly; so 30-60 is a little quieter. But that also means that if you go up a gear – the fifth gear is 1.00 to 1 and the 6-7-8-9 range goes from 0.81 to 0.48 – at low gear you're in the right place of the couple. gang
As a long-distance cruiser, the noise level is generally acceptable, but not at the top of the class. The boot is good enough for two. The rear seat space is acceptable if the driver has a normal height or less. A console selector allows the driver to choose three traction modes: automatic, sport or traction-plus. The rear axle automatically disconnects for cruising efficiency. It is rated at 24 mpg in the city, 30 mpg in the highway, 26 mpg in total, about 2 mpg better than the old 500X. He wants premium fuel of average quality but runs regularly.
The car comes standard with a 7-inch center LCD and the UConnect version 4 FCA touch screen infotainment system (Fiat Chrysler Automobile) with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Driver aids and available safety features, primarily in packages, include adaptive cruise control, rear and front parking sonar, lane departure warning / Lane Keeping Assist, front collision warning , a blind spot detection and a rear cross traffic alert, rain detection wipers and LED headlights. The adaptive cruise and front sonar are new for 2019.
Most driver aids worked well on my workout. The lane departure system will bring the car back if you drive on the edge of a lane, but it is not designed to center from itself. The adaptive cruise control keeps the speed on the highway up to 20 mph. Most new ACC systems operate in continuous mode, that is, they go up to 0 mph and then come back, for example, at peak rush hour.
There are three variants, all with four doors and all AWD of Fiat's largest model:
Fiat 500X Pop, $ 26,235, mandatory transportation costs of $ 1,495. It features 17-inch alloy wheels with 60-series (relatively pothole-resistant) tires, LED lights and taillights, manually adjustable cloth seats, dashboard LCD display 3.5-inch, Uconnect audio system with a 7-inch color LCD, 3 USB ports, remote input and remote start. A $ 595 set from the Popular Equipment Group includes rear parking sonar, tinted windows, satellite radio and auto-ignition headlights. You can not add any security or driver assistance packages to the input template.
Hiking, $ 27,740. It adds most of the equipment of Popular Equipment Group, as well as high-end fabric seats. The $ 1,395 Driver Assistance Group (ADAG) is an important option: adaptive cruise, full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, Lane Departure Alert / Lane Keeping and blind spot detection / rear cross traffic alert. A separate $ 895 driver assistance group provides LED headlights and front / rear parking sonar. A very good navigation system on board costs $ 695.
Trekking Plus, $ 30,940. Beyond Trekking, it adds leather seats, heated front seats, front and rear parking sonar, power adjustable driver seat adjustments, LED headlights, eight-speaker audio system and windshield wiper deicing. There are the same Advanced Driver Assistance Group and Premium Group options. All in, you can pay $ 35,000.
It's a mid-cycle refresh of a fun subcompact car that exceeds the top level of the mainstream brand segment, namely more Hyundai Kona or Mazda CX-3 than Nissan Kicks. He has a lot of style and the little engine that could. He also has a lot of competition. Mazda did the best job among mainstream brands to prove that its "upper class" was more than a buzzword, just like Hyundai with its little Kona and more recently with its big SUV Palisade.
The rounded lines of the Fiat 500X distinguish it. Its size makes the 500X easy to park in larger cities, especially if you order a rear and front parking sonar. Some competitors develop as standard a large part of the optional driver support functions of Fiat. The Premium Package, with $ 1,395, provides a panoramic two-panel sunroof: How many subcompact cars can fit a sunroof for the rear seat? – plus audio Beats to nine-speaker with subwoofer and 18-inch alloys with 55-series tires. It's fast at around 30 mph, minus 60 mph. The combination of a firm suspension and a wheelbase of just over 100 cm makes this car a car that you will want to test with your spouse / partner on the types of roads you usually drive.
You may like the style of the 500X. It works well for a city dweller who wants a car parked almost everywhere. A minor advantage is that Fiat did not adopt an extravagant attitude with the wheels. Thus, even with optional rims, you would be less likely to be damaged by potholes.
With the new engine, the 500X is more competitive in a segment that has many good choices. You'll also want to look at the Hyundai Kona, the car to beat in the sub-compact SUV segment, as well as the aging CX-3. If you are looking for safety, be sure to add the price of the Advanced Driver Assistance Group and Driver Assistance Group to the Fiat and the similar package offered by the competition. The 500X that suits us is the Trekking with the two sets of driver assistance, which gives him $ 30,830.