The Fiat 500X was a brand new model last year. For 2017, it is relatively unchanged, though last year's five trim levels have been simplified to three. Options packages are now available across the range, and they can be combined.
The Fiat 500X is available with three different trim levels: Pop, Trekking, and Lounge. Standard power for Pop models is a 1.4L turbocharged four making 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It is the same unit that powers the 500 Abarth, though in the 500X it's connected to a six-speed manual, rather than a five-speed. Trekking and Lounge have a 2.4L 4-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower. The bigger engine is optional on the Pop, and it puts power to a 9-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard on all 500Xs, with all-wheel drive optional on Trekking and Lounge trims.
Despite the smaller engine, Pop models still have decent acceleration, thanks in part to the 500X's relatively small size and light weight. Despite being the most basic trim, Pop models still come relatively well equipped for the price. Standard features include power windows and mirrors, an electronic parking brake, hill start assist, steering wheel mounted audio controls, a 3.5-inch screen in the gauge cluster, 16-inch wheels and daytime running lamps.
The next trim level up is called the Trekking trim. Trekking adds the bigger engine and automatic transmission and makes all-wheel drive a $1,900 option. It carries a more rugged appearance, and it also gets unique 17-inch wheels, a 6-speaker Uconnect stereo, and a 5-inch color touchscreen display in the dashboard.
Lounge models ditch the rugged appearance of the Trekking trim and instead add some additional exterior chrome and daytime running lamps. Other features on the Lounge include automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, one year of SiriusXM radio and a backup camera.
Popular options on the 500X add items like automatic headlights, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, leather upholstery, and a rear camera and parking sensors. Trekking and Lounge trims can also be ordered the Advance Safety Package, with blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, a lane departure warning, and more. The Premium Package includes a dual-pane power sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels and a 9-speaker Beats sound system.
The Fiat 500X comes standard with a host of airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control.