On a big Texas road trip in the 2017 Fiat 500X, we discovered this mini crossover’s fuel efficiency, quality build, smooth AWD ride, high tech and a seriously sweet sound system.
Fiat says its latest 500X now comes in three youth-minded trims, (Pop, Trekking, Lounge), ten eye-popping exterior colors, two engine options, an available nine-speed automatic transmission, an all-wheel-drive (AWD) option, around 70 “advanced safety and security features,” Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment technology and an optional upgrade to BeatsAudio premium sound system.
Fiat’s 500X is the largest vehicle in its iconic “500” series of good-looking Italian “mini” cars. The 2017 500X’s stunning styling has not changed much from its previous model year although the fancy dual-pane, power-sliding sunroof is now available on all models. The new 500X Trekking trim is outfitted with a rugged-meets-luxe look with “satin silver” accents and a more adventurous front and rear fascia.
Inside, the 2017 Fiat 500X has a quality build throughout with comfortable, well-crafted seats. The round-shaped accents in all Fiat’s 500 vehicles is expressed thoroughly in this CUV version in the steering wheel controls, digital gauges, central console, vents and “stick” shift. We were impressed with Fiat’s award-winning Uconnect app-based infotainment system (all encased in a 6.5-inch touchscreen) along with the crisp and booming BeatsAudio premium sound system (including HD and SiriusXM satellite radio). Unfortunately, we were not so impressed with the 500X’s air conditioning system, which did not cool down the interior quick enough for our liking in the thick Texas heat.
The 2017 Fiat 500X comes in two different engines. The standard power plant is a rather lackluster: a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that gets 160 hp. Opt instead for the zippy 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine option (180 hp), which is paired with an outrageous nine-speed automatic transmission. While some may not enjoy the hard steering and for-real-drivers-only handling on Fiat’s 500 and 500X vehicle series, the super smooth suspension delivers a delightful ride every time.
Ready for some cheeky Italian design along with fuel efficiency, advanced safety, clever cargo spaces and high tech? Think the smooth-riding 2017 Fiat 500X.
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