2018 Fiat 500X Walk Around

Although it was designed in Italy, the profile of the 500X looks a bit Audi-like, which is to say mature, with clean sides and a gentle arc to the roofline. It keeps Fiat familiarity its chrome mustache, clamshell hood, and stacked twin headlamps.

The Trekking has more rugged front fascia and its own wheels, but the same driving personality.


The cabin is neat and clean, with nice materials, and big round gauges and climate controls, and a medium-sized LCD screen in the dash for infotainment and camera displays. Despite a shiny swath of black plastic on the dash, the colorful trim makes the 500X cooler than almost all of its rivals. It makes the interior of the Honda HR-V look like an accident.

Comfort in front is generally good. The seats are firm, with good lumbar support and limited bolstering that still fits larger passengers. The optional leather seats could use more definition at the bottom and less at the headrests, which have an uncomfortable edge. But there’s a nice knee pad on the side of the center console.

Two adults can fit comfortably in the rear, although kneeroom is understandably scant with the front seats pushed back (after all it’s a compact); same with headroom if the optional panoramic moonroof is fitted. The Honda HR-V has more room in rear.

The Fiat’s cargo space measures 18.5 cubic feet in the second row and 50.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded almost flat. The 500X is about five inches shorter than the 500L, but it’s a bit wider and better packaged, so it has almost as much interior room, and it matches most of its rivals. But not the HR-V, with Honda’s fold-away Magic Seat. However the Trekking and Lounge models have an innovative height-adjustable cargo floor that works with a flat-folding passenger seat to enable carrying big and long things like outdoor toys, so the Fiat does its best to make some magic too.

Noise in the cabin is fairly low except at full throttle or the revs that 80 mph require.

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