2019 Fiat 500X | Urbana Edition | TestDriveNow

Fiat’s most enticing model receives a new
engine this year in addition to an urban-inspired trim called the Urbana Edition. But does this all-wheel drive subcompact crossover
still have what it takes to win over new shoppers? Fiat’s U.S. return has been nothing short
of a disaster. Sales are down 54% this year, dealers are
bailing, and the car that heralded the comeback and is currently their best-seller, the 500,
was just discontinued leaving the Italian brand with just 3 models, 1 of which is produced
by Mazda. Concerning the 500X; Fiat sells only around
100 per month. That being said when I first drove it in 2015,
it seemed very promising. Back then you could still get one in front-wheel
drive. Now, all 3 trims ranging from the $25,000
base Pop model to the $30,000 Trekking Plus come standard with all-wheel drive and a new
for 2019 1.3-liter turbo, replacing both the 2.4-liter Tigershark and 1.4-liter turbo. Also exiting is the 6-speed manual – the
9-speed auto now takes over all gear changes. Refreshed styling inside and out, a big torque
bump for improved acceleration, and an MPG increase to 30 miles per gallon highway highlight
the changes. And in Italian style, Fiat gives shoppers
plenty of opportunities to stylize their ride, like this Urbana Edition available on the
Trekking model for an extra $895. It adds black exterior features, standout
copper accents, upsized 18” wheels, LED headlamps, yellowish fog lights, and a very
cool chevron-patterned seat fabric with copper logos. I appreciate quirky and individual so this
500X has a look that appeals to me…it certainly won’t be mistaken for anything else on the
road. Remember, it shares a platform with the Jeep
Renegade so there’s nearly 8” of ground clearance – another 500X distinction. So you step up into this one and sit pretty
high for a little guy. Spaciousness for 5 and cargo seems decent
until you look at the stat sheet of a Honda HR-V and realize Fiat has a long way to go
to match that kind of smart packaging. There’s a new steering wheel and instrument
cluster with an infusion of solid Chrysler electronics including new safety features
such as Adaptive Cruise Control and the beeping sounds of Front Park Assist. Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path
Detection are also on hand. And I always appreciate auto high beams and
rain sensing wipers. The infotainment system features Apple CarPlay
and Android Auto, on-board navigation and the simple touchscreen intuitiveness of Chrysler’s
UConnect, now with faster processing and higher res graphics. My tester also has the upgraded 8-speaker
Beats sound system with subwoofer but the audio quality is forgettable. The passenger seat is height adjustable – something
most automakers in this class skimp on – and ambient lighting around the inset speaker
grilles is pretty cool. So here’s what to like about the 500X: standard
all-wheel drive, big ground clearance, very peppy engine and the Urbana touches look pretty
cool. On the downside, it all just feels so rudimentary
– and at times a little crude, especially for a car costing over $32k. Some of the touch points and electronics sounds
feed into that impression. And the steering is completely void of feel
while the 9-speed auto is often abrupt. Or is it the abrupt engagement of the disconnecting
all-wheel drive system once it kicks in? Either way, the 500X can be a head snapper. The 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque
give it some oomph and the engine stop start system is one of the smoothest on the market. But those seeking driving enjoyment beyond
errand running will be disappointed. There’s a Sport mode that adds very little
other than a buzzier engine and a Traction + setting for slippery conditions. But it’s tall nature, lack of lateral grip
and artificial steering hinder back road fun. Off the beaten path, the 500X expresses a
more desirable nature where it feels more attuned to slow-speed adventure seeking. As-tested, the MSRP is $32,755. That’s about $10,000 more than I’m comfortable
with especially when the Jeep Renegade holds more appeal.

25 thoughts on “2019 Fiat 500X | Urbana Edition | TestDriveNow

  1. I would rather have the Jeep Renegade instead of this 500x. Steve, I agree with you. However, I'm seeing a few more 500X's on the road.

  2. This and the 124 Spider are the only Fiat’s that I like I just with that they’ve used the 2.0 turbo from the Alfa Romeo’s

  3. I don't understand your low view counts for such well done reviews. Does it have something to do with youtube and their logic. I know it's none of my business. Just not right in my opinion

  4. Beautiful edition love the chiffron seat pattern and copper accents goregous i would get this on a dark blue greyish model i seen on winding road

  5. I was excited seeing these when they came out years ago. Still nice “looking” vehicles tho. Thanx for the review bud.

  6. I like the Fiat brand in the US. I love the 124 and 500 Abarths. This model also has a really nice and well laid interior. And they incorporate the head unit into the dash (uh hmmm, toyota!). I have met anyone who has had any major issues with their Fiat.

  7. Speaking of the Jeep Renegade, will you get a tester with the 1.3L turbo-4? (More than likely his tester would be a Trailhawk edition. )

  8. FCA's/Fiat's lack of vision have let them down. I'm sure the 500x is a nice vehicle, but unless you live in a major city, finding a dealer can be downright impossible and even then, dealers are disappearing (Cincinnati anyone?). Fiat is the Italian brand that couldn't because they lacked product offering/differentiation and w/the lofty asking prices, only those that think a 500x is cute and a Renegade isn't Jeep enough will be the core customer. I agree, price is too high and content is too low; especially when anything from Subaru will eat the 500x for lunch at the same or lower price point and Subaru is intune with their client base; not sure if Fiat is in tune with anything or anyone

  9. FCA should drop that 2.4 litre Tigershark engine into an affordable, lightweight, no frills, 4 door sedan with sporting intent, and an available manual transmission. They'd sell a boatload of them.

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