2020 Fiat 500X Sport AWD
2020 Fiat 500X Sport AWD in Grigio Moda (Graphite Gray Metallic)

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2020 Fiat 500X Sport AWD

Class: Subcompact Crossover

Miles driven: 228

Fuel used: 10.2 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 23.2 mpg

Driving mix: 55% city, 45% highway

CG Report Card
Room and ComfortB
Power and PerformanceC+
Fit and FinishC+
Fuel EconomyB-
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big GuyB+
Tall GuyB+
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.
Engine Specs177-hp 1.3-liter
Engine Type4-cylinder
Transmission 9-speed automatic
Drive WheelsAWD

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 24/30/26 (mpg city/highway/combined)

Fuel type: Premium gas recommended

Base price: $26,895 (not including $1495 destination charge)

Options on test vehicle: sport leather-trimmed bucket seats ($995), Premium Grooup ($1695), Cold Weather Group ($295), Comfort Group ($795), Advanced Driver Assistance Group ($1395), Driver Assistance Group ($895), black-painted accent roof ($445), compact spare tire ($295), Uconnect 4 navigation system with 7-inch display ($695)

Price as tested: $35,895


Quick Hits

The great: All-wheel drive comes standard; one-of-a-kind Eurocentric styling inside and out

The good: Decent passenger room for the class; outward visibility

The not so good: Firm ride; so-so observed fuel economy, and premium gas is recommended; driver-assistance warning chimes are unpleasantly loud; occasionally balky behavior from 9-speed transmission

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John Biel

With the 500X, Fiat’s subcompact crossover since 2016, models tend to come and go. (Lounge, we hardly knew ye.) There’s a new one in the shuffled 2020 deck. They call it Sport, and Consumer Guide got to sample one that was optioned up to $35,895 from a starting price of $28,390 with delivery.

Test Drive: 2020 Fiat 500X Sport
A new model for 2020, the Sport gets unique front and rear fasciae, dark-finish exterior trim, and body-color side moldings. A black-painted roof ($445) is a new option for 2020.

Sport is more a state of mind than a state of being with the 500X. Powertrain and suspension are the same in all four models. (Sport moves in at second from the top, between the Trekking and Trekking Plus versions.) The newcomer’s external standard-equipment distinctions include a specific lower front fascia in body color, dark-gray exterior accents, and dual bright exhaust tips. Inside are a steering wheel with beefier handgrips, paddle shifters, bright-trimmed pedals, a light-gray dashboard face, matte-black dash and steering-wheel trim, Sport floor mats, and dark headliner and pillar trim. On the test vehicle, the standard cloth seats with a model-specific surface pattern and 18-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R18 all-season performance tires were replaced by optional leather upholstery and 19-inch wheels in 225/45R19 rubber.

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Test Drive: 2020 Fiat 500X Sport
The Sport model’s interior gets a new “techno-leather” steering wheel with Alcantera inserts and paddle shifters, among other unique trim items. Simple dial climate controls are located just above dual USB charging ports and buttons for the heated front seats (included in the $295 Cold Weather Group, along with a windshield wiper de-icer).

All of that comes in addition to things like a Uconnect 4 infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone compatibility, tilt/telescoping steering column, leather-wrapped shifter knob, fog and cornering lamps, and keyless entry and starting. Options—either in groups or singly—added things like an upgraded Beats audio system, navigation, dual-pane sunroof, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, full-speed forward-collision warning, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic detection, lane-departure warning, LED headlights, and front and rear parking sensors. Sports are restricted to a choice of five exterior hues, all considered standard colors. However, CG’s Grigio Moda (dark gray metallic) test vehicle was topped by black roof paint that costs $445 to apply.

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Test Drive: 2020 Fiat 500X Sport
There’s decent-for-the-class space in both the front and rear seats. Sports get exclusive sport front seats, and our tester was equipped with a $995 option that added leather upholstery, vinyl door trim, and a driver seat back pocket.

The 500X is powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged “MultiAir” 4-cylinder engine that puts out 177 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 210 lb-ft of torque at 2200 rpm. It’s just enough power for alert acceleration with acceptable quiet. The only problem is that this powerplant is hitched to a 9-speed automatic that often behaves as if it’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Launches from a stop often come with a forceful kick in the backside; kickdown for passing can be a little slow to kick in.

A fairly unobtrusive stop/start feature is included (but can be switched off). EPA fuel-economy estimates are 24 mpg in city driving, 30 mpg in highway operation, and 26 in mixed use. However, this reviewer clocked just 20.1 mpg after a stint of 86 miles that featured 55 percent city-style driving. Oh, and premium-grade gasoline is “recommended,” the manufacturer says.

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2020 Fiat 500X Sport
The 500X’s cargo area is on the smaller side of the subcompact crossover class. There’s 14.1 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, which grows to 39.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down to create a flat load floor.

As the “X” in the name implies, this Cinquecento has all-wheel drive. Suspension is independent strut (MacPherson in front, Chapman in back) with coil springs and adjustable KONI “Frequency Selective Damping.” A menu of traction modes that can be selected via a console dial include default “Auto,” “Sport,” and “Traction+” for slippery surfaces. In any setting, ride is decidedly firm, maybe even a little brittle. Clicking into Sport firms up steering resistance to a nice extra degree.

The 500X delivers pretty good small-vehicle head- and legroom in front, but headroom is less generous in back under the sunroof. Two average-sized adults will be able to fit in back. The rear cargo area isn’t overly big—just 14.1 cubic feet behind the second-row seats—but this is a subcompact. It will carry groceries for two or maybe two or three overnight bags with ease. Rear 60/40-split seats fold flat and flush with the cargo floor; when they do, 39.8 cubic feet of space are at your disposal.

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2020 Fiat 500X Sport
The 500X’s sole powertrain is a 177-hp turbocharged 1.3-liter 4-cylinder that is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 19-inch aluminum wheels 0n our test vehicle replace the standard 18s; they’re included in the $1695 Premium Group, which also adds a Beats audio system and a dual-pane power sunroof.

There’s an undeniable European stylishness to the exterior, but the vita doesn’t come across as so dolce inside. Spongy material is extant on much of the dash around the glossy fascia panel, but the tops of all doors are plastic with no underlying give—though the grain visually complements the dash appearance. Door centers and armrests are covered in soft surfaces, though the vinyl door centers are an element of the leather-seat package. Bright-metal accents (around air vents, on the steering wheel, etc.) found on other 500Xs are sacrificed for the blackout trim peculiar to the Sport.

Cabin storage is modest. There are upper and lower glove boxes, but the bottom one rests very low in the dash. The console box under a sliding-top armrest is very small. The only reason there were net pouches behind both front seats is because the optional leather buckets add one to the driver’s seat. Pockets in all doors include bottle holders, but there are no cup holders for rear occupants.

Settings for the audio system are easy to program and use. The dual-zone climate system that was in CG’s tester has three big, convenient dials for temperature and fan-speed settings. Various safety and parking minders included in option packages brought a lot of beeping and chiming to the driving experience, but man, are those driver-assistance warning tones ever loud!

The 500X delivers a nice dollop of driving character, and at not too bad a starting price for the Sport that was tested. It is a little bothersome, though, that any and all mainstream electronic safety features like blind-spot and cross-traffic detection cost extra.

Will the Sport stick as a 500X? We’ll let you know next year.

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2020 Fiat 500X Sport
The new-for-2020 Sport model’s unique trim elements give the Fiat 500X a sportier attitude inside and out. The starting price of around $27K isn’t bad, but the long options list on our test vehicle helped bump up the bottom line to almost $36,000… not a compelling value against most subcompact SUV class rivals.

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