DRIVING WITH DAN:
2017 Fiat 500X First AWD Fiat is pleasantly surprising Fiat’s 500X is more surprising than a Cleveland Browns victory. All new last year, the singular 500X in 2017 opts to consolidate its five former trim levels down to a more manageable three — Pop, Trekking and Lounge. Otherwise, if you liked the 2016 500X ... And we did, finding this four-door crossover then, as now, handier than expected; more pleasant to drive than anticipated; and more stylish than it has a right to be, given the bulbous look of its two-door Fiat 500 showroom mate. Considering its compact crossover status — you know going in this is no rally car — our only real driving complaint was the busyness of its nine-speed dual-clutch automatic, which is the transmission you’ll get unless you really buy on the cheap. Dan Wiese The base Pop trim comes with a Automotive Writer 1.4-liter, 160-hp turbo four, which mates exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission and is offered only with frontwheel drive. In Pop, that drivetrain can be optioned up to the hardware found standard on Trekking and Lounge — a 2.4-liter, 180-hp naturally aspirated four managed by a nine-speed automatic that’s capable of mailing engine torque to the front wheels or to all four, should the $1,900 AWD option be checked. Our all-wheel drive 500X handled well, given its crossover mission in life, while exhibiting a civil attitude at highway speed. Only the seemingly incessant shifting of the nine-speed gear box was a distraction — a distraction that can be largely ameliorated by choosing the Sport mode from 500X’s three-mode chassis menu: Sport, Auto and Traction Plus. In any event, our 500X AWD delivered to us 27 mpg in just over 100 miles of mixed city/hwy driving. Room is good up front in seats that are well-bolstered, but 500X succumbs to its compact-crossover role in back, where rear-seat occupants who long for leg room will need a break from front passengers. That said, head room is good throughout the cabin, which offers lots of storage options — big map pockets, twin glove boxes and numerous little places to toss stuff. The cargo bay, meanwhile, boasts a
The Fiat 500X shares a platform with the Jeep Renegade.
2017 FIAT 500X DRIVE FORMAT: Front- or all-wheel drive BASE PRICE: FWD: $20,990; AWD: $24,885 ENGINE: 1.4L turbocharged I-4; 2.4-liter I-4 HORSEPOWER: 1.4L turbo (FWD only): 160 at 5500 rpm; 2.4L (FWD or AWD): 180 at 6400 rpm TORQUE: 1.4L turbo: 184 lb.-ft. at 2500 rpm; 2.4L: 175 lb.-ft. at 3900 rpm RECOMMENDED FUEL: 1.4L turbo: Premium recommended, regular acceptable; 2.4L: regular
height-adjustable floor with hidden storage available below. Infotainment controls are frequently awkward in Fiats, but our 500X improved that situation by raiding the Chrysler/Dodge parts bin for a very useable touchscreen interface. Finally, there’s styling. Unlike the cutesy 500 coupe, 500X looks comfortable in its skin, with techy projector-beam headlight assemblies, bulbous taillights and, in between, a profile that looks svelte rather than compressed. This first all-wheel driver from Fiat offers lots of surprises, almost all of them pleasant.
2016 500X Stk. # F1181
72 mo. purchase $247/mo.* 36 mo. lease $139/mo.*
500X Trekking Stk. # F1183
Sale Price $21,594
F1116 500 POP
TRANSMISSIONS: 1.4L turbo: six-speed manual; 2.4L: nine-speed dual clutch automatic EPA MPG: 1.4L turbo: 25 city/34 hwy/28 combined; 2.4L FWD: 22/31/25; 2.4L AWD: 21/30/24 WHERE BUILT: Melfi, Italy WHEELBASE: 101.2 inches Dan Wiese is a freelance automotive writer. He is a regular contributor to the Post-Dispatch and to AAA Midwest Traveler magazine’s online Web Bonus. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 500X Easy Stk. # F1231
72 mo. purchase $263/mo.* 36 mo. lease $153/mo.*
F1115 500 POP MSRP $20005
F1265 500X POP MSRP $22595
F1151 500 POP
F1155 500X TREKKING
F1152 500 POP
F1135 500 POP
F1108 500X Easy
F1268 500 POP
F1121 500 POP
F1209 500X TREKKING
F1269 500 POP
F1267 500 SPORT
F1278 124 SPIDER ABARTH
*See dealer for all details. Pricing can change without notice and all payments are quoted with $3,500 cash or equity down payment.
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