This is the 2016 Fiat 500 X MultiAir Trekking AWD. “News flash” for those who didn’t know – the Fiat 124 Spider is returning to the US. It was initially introduced in 1968 and ran through 1985 when it was discontinued in the US. I, for one, is happy it’s back.
Back to the 500X. There are 5 versions of the 500 X – Pop, Easy, Trekking, Lounge and Trekking Plus with base prices ranging from $20,000 to $28,000. The dimensions are virtually the same on all 5 versions.
Last year I tested the, then new model, 1.4 liter “Pop” Turbo (a turbo is standard on this version). I enjoyed the ride and the power boost. But where the 500X, without Turbo (not available on this version), it performed great over the Crest. Where the POP comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Trekking comes standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Although I don’t mind driving a manual trans I prefer the automatic and the 9-speed compensates for the lack of Turbo power.
I have tested well over a thousand cars over that route and it is a great way to compare car performance. The mountain course through the San Gabriel Mountains separating greater Los Angeles from the desert communities directly north. The course is special and challenging and not for the faint of heart. It is a rise and fall of about 5,000 feet between the high desert and La Canada, CA. (Incidentally that is the destination for my auto repair business back in the 1980s).
General Information: It is assembled in Melfi Italy; Parts – US/Canadian 29%, Italy 52% Engine and transmission – USA; Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Fiat: 124 Spider, 500, 500c, 500e, 500L and 500 X.
Handling & Performance:
Excellent handling and that is noticeable also in tight places and parking, but it is very comfortable on the highway with plenty of power.
The Trekking comes with a 2.4 liter 180 hp engine and as noted it is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and an AWD that gives it a more sure footing for confident handling.
I should note the Fiat is at the low end of the fuel economy of the 4 competitors noted below that range from combined mpg of 24, 31, 31, 27 respectively.
On this AWD 500 X Trekking there is a “Dynamic Control Selector” for three settings: Auto Mode, All Weather Mode and Sport Mode”. It is fairly obvious which mode you want to be in when driving but for a video explanation of this feature go to this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PfiBdArC7w
I like the larger 500 4-door option. It provides 5 passenger seating in a family affordable crossover. It also sports some pretty bold colors.
Fit and Finish:
$25,000 base and it is a value to be considered.
Conveniences and comfort:
The list of convenience and comfort features is as I expected in class.
I would definitely suggest you include in your test drives if this is in your budget and need for a small SUV with AWD.
Recognized Competition: (Kelly Blue Book)
Fiat 500 X Trekking $26,000, Mazda CX 3 $26,000, Honda HR V $26,000, MINI Countryman $29,000.
Solid well put together, comfy ride, very good handling in all conditions, good fuel economy and affordable 5-passenger small SUV.
2.4 liter 180 HP 4-cylinder engine, 9-speed automatic transmission, front and side seat mounted airbags, driver knee airbag, LATCH child seat anchor system, Passive entry keyless go with remote start, electric park brake, 4-wheel ABS brakes, dynamic control selector, stability control, security alarm, air conditioning, Uconnect with integrated voice command with Bluetooth, Media Hub USB and Aux, 6-speakers, Sirius XM satellite radio with 1-year subscription, 3.5” color display, steering wheel mounted audio controls, manual 6-way driver and passenger seats, front passenger fold flat seat, 12 volt auxiliary outlet, two glove boxes, power windows, heated power mirrors with turn signals, auto headlights, fog lights, 17” aluminum wheels.
$2.69/ Gal avg. November 13, 2016
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21 City and 30 Highway MPG
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