17. Fiat 500X
You’ve got to give Fiat props for trying because the 500X is a much better car then the 500L. The little 500X comes to the market at a time when the Fiat brand is being questioned in terms of relevance. Alfa Romeo is already offering sporty Italian driving characteristics, so who needs Fiat? Well, we have to say that the 500X is a much better car but it still lacks when compared to other crossovers. When you first look at the 500X, you see a handsome utility with lots of personality similar to a Buick Encore. But as you delve into the car, you see the same problems the 500L suffers from.
First, the cabin is upscale and a lot better than the 500L. But it’s still cramped. A tall person isn’t going to be able to ride comfortably in the backseat of this crossover. Sadly, even a teenager will find the backseat a bit claustrophobic. Nevertheless, the infotainment center is a vast improvement over previous Fiat models. But the controls are clunky and the transmission feels like it’s fighting itself to take off. That’s quite limiting considering the peppy standard engine that the 500X has. The 500X is not available with a manual transmission anymore, which makes the Turbocharged 1.3-liter engine feel constricted at best.
At around 24 MPG for the city, the 500X is also not the most gas efficient small vehicle either. You tend to wonder what Fiat was thinking when they rushed this little crossover to the market. The reliability is still yet to be tested as the car is new to the market.
With the lack of features and the high price tag, the 500X is probably a car that’s best left avoided for the time being. There are better cars that you can get for a more reasonable price. Like with the 500L, the 500X just doesn’t bring anything unique to the table.