Fiat 500X (2015) Review

Fiat 500X (2015) At A Glance

4/5

+Stylish crossover that's easy to drive and surprisingly practical. Impressive ride comfort. Firefly engine is excellent.

-Steering lacks feel. High spec versions are pricey. Rear leg room is limited.

New prices start from £14,595, brokers can source from £15,989
Contract hire deals from £213.86 per month
Insurance Groups are between 8–16
On average it achieves 72% of the official MPG figure

The 500X is the crossover version of Fiat's popular city car and rivals both the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur in size and price. As well as boasting a comfortable interior and impressive road manners, the 500X is one of the few bulked-up 500s that manages to retain almost all of the character that made the original so popular. 

The line-up is split between distinct styles - Urban Look and Cross Look (originally called City and Off-road) with the latter adding wheel arch cladding, rugged bumpers and underbody protection to help it survive the rigours of all-roading. Urban versions get sleeker bumpers and more customisation options, but both are attractive with flowing lines and curves.

It was facelifted in 2018 with a some interior changes and a new steering wheel, but the big change came under the bonnet with the introduction of excellent new 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre Firefly engines - the first Fiat to get them. Despite their small size, both deliver zesty performance and a surprising turn of speed.

They replace the older 1.4 MultiAir engine while the entry-level model is the 1.6-litre non-turbo petrol. The facelift also saw the diesels dropped from the range. 

Like Fiat's retro city car, the 500X is easy to drive and comfortable over long trips, with well-bolstered seats and an intelligent and colourful interior. The ride is smooth, absorbing most of the lumps and bumps in the road, although things can get a bit uncomfortable with the optional 18-inch wheels that have a tendency to judder over potholes. 

In our view the 500X is one of the best Fiats to emerge in recent years. It's easy to drive, fun and will return the same economy as a typical family hatchback. It has more than enough rival the likes of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, although only those wanting all-wheel drive might be put off by the considerable hike in price. 

Real MPG average for a Fiat 500X (2015)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

72%

Real MPG

25–57 mpg

MPGs submitted

210

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Is it foolish to buy a petrol car if I live in London?
"I'm considering buying a secondhand Fiat 500X. I don't want to spend more than £8,500, however, I'm not sure if it's foolish to buy a petrol over, say, a second hand Toyota Yaris hybrid. I like the interior/exterior of the Fiat 500X, but am nervous about resale value/the move towards electric/hybrid. If it makes a difference, I live in London just outside the ULEZ extension so it will be used for mainly getting out of London. Any advice would be much appreciated. Open to suggestions, too! Thanks."
No, it's not at all foolish to buy a petrol car at the moment. An older diesel wouldn't be a sensible move but a small petrol engine still makes sense as a secondhand purchase, even in London. We'd also recommend looking at a Suzuki Vitara with the 1.6 petrol engine.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Should I replace my diesel Nissan Qashqai with a petrol or hybrid alternative?
"My NHS lease car is due for replacement soon. I drive a diesel Nissan Qashqai 1.5, mainly on A and B roads in Devon, up to 17,000 miles a year. With uncertainty around diesels being taxed more in the future, is it wise to stick with diesel or is it time to move over to petrol or non plug-in hybrid (no charging points around for plug in types). I would like to downsize to something like a Renault Captur. What is best at the moment?"
Company car tax rates are set out for the next few years, with no announcement in the recent Budget to change the emphasis. Drivers of diesel company cars already pay a 3 per cent supplement on their BIK tax. Company car tax rates will increase incrementally over the next few years for all fuel types. Local authorities might be looking more seriously at congestion charges in cities that could take a harder line on diesel cars, or higher parking charges for diesels in particularly congested cities to help discourage their use. If you are interested in the Captur (it has the same diesel engine as your Qashqai) it might be worth waiting for the updated model due this summer if your lease continues until then. Otherwise, if you're interested in downsizing, I'd recommend looking at the Mazda CX-3, Vauxhall Mokka X, Citroën C4 Cactus and Fiat 500X.
Answered by Simon Harris
How do I prove that my new Fiat 500X has various electrical failures?
"I leased a 4 month old FIAT 500X Cross Plus that had done 3200 miles. I was turning into a roundabout when the steering wheel locked and I could could not steer the car. All dashboard lights came on and I could not turn the engine off. The handbrake had seized so the car could not be moved off of the road. When the car did eventually turn off after 20 minutes there were many error messages, including check engine, stop start failure, etc. The thermometer read -85 degrees. FIAT have tested it and have said there's nothing wrong with it but I am scared that this could happen again whilst I am driving on the motorway. I have contacted Fiat and the lease company but I'm getting nowhere. What should I do next? "
This is an extremely bizarre sequence of events. No one believes you because you cannot prove it and OBDII diagnostics do not show any record of this happening. All you can do is itemise your complaint and send it by Post Office Special Delivery both to the leasing company and to the dealer principal of the supplying dealership. Keep copies and staple the certificates of posting to the copies. Then, if anything untoward happens again, you have at least made the first occurrence a matter of record. I'm also adding this to the car by car entry I found another of electrical glitches with a FIAT 500X Cross. See: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/fiat/500x-2015/?section=good/
Answered by Honest John
What small car has the highest seat?
"What small car has the highest seat?"
A couple of years old, the Suzuki Splash and Vauxhall Agila (no longer made). Now, Suzuki Ignis, KIA Venga, Hyundai ix20, Ford B-Max, FIAT Panda, FIAT 500 (the FIAT 500 has particularly comfortable seats and wide opening doors).
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What does a Fiat 500X (2015) cost?

Buy new from £15,989 (list price from £19,460)
Contract hire from £213.86 per month