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Notable Features in 2019
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity now standard
Five-seat small SUV
Front- or all-wheel drive
Manual or automatic transmission
Off-road-styled Trekking trim available
Forward collision warning with automatic braking available

Price Range     $12,011–$32,163
Consumer Rating     (4.6)14 reviews
MPG (Miles per gallon)     24-28
Body Styles     SUV

The Good
Superb handling
Stylish exterior
High-quality cabin materials
Responsive sport mode
Roomy front seating

The Bad
Finicky nine-speed automatic transmission
Firm ride
Subpar stereo quality

By Brian Normile
Fiat’s funky 500X subcompact SUV gets some mild updates for the 2019 model year in the form of updated exterior styling and new cabin materials. The big news, however, comes in a new turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive.

Fiat claims the new engine puts out 177 horsepower and 210 pounds-feet of torque, which should give the little ‘ute some relative pep off the line, although no performance numbers otherwise are public yet. The 2018 500X offered either a turbo 1.4-liter or non-turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder, with outputs maxing at 180 hp (2.4-liter) and 184 pounds-feet (1.4-liter turbo). The new engine works exclusively with a nine-speed automatic transmission; the manual from 2018 is gone. Fiat also claims improved fuel efficiency, but published EPA numbers aren’t out yet to confirm this. Engine and transmission response can be adjusted with either Auto, Sport or Traction Plus settings, the latter designed to improve traction in low-speed, low-grip situations. The engine and transmission combination is the only one offered across the 500X’s three trim levels (Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus).

Formerly optional, all-wheel drive is now standard for the 2019 500X, joining Subaru’s Crosstrek as the only cars in the class with standard all-wheel drive. Some alternatives, like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR, come only with front-wheel drive.

New car and certified pre-owned programs by FIAT 

New Car Program Benefits
Bumper-to-Bumper     48 months / 50,000 miles
Powertrain     48 months / 50,000 miles
Roadside Assistance     48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
Maximum Age/Mileage     5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms     3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain     7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer Certification Required     125-point inspection
Roadside Assistance     Yes


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