FIAT Test Drive Reviews 

2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD Test Drive Review

For those who love the charming design of the FIAT 500 but need a little more space and ground clearance, the 2017 FIAT 500X answers the call.

Featuring a spacious cabin, available all-wheel drive, and added ruggedness, the 500X is ready for any adventure.

Explore the capability and versatility of FIAT’s latest compact crossover with a closer look at our 2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD test model.


2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD Exterior

Wrapped in a vibrant Blu Venezia metallic paint, our 2017 500X test model features the same authentic Italian design that made the original FIAT 500 so popular.

At the front, bi-function halogen projector headlamps flank FIAT’s signature chrome logo surround, while a rugged lower front fascia design lets you know the 500X is ready for adventure.

Fog and cornering lamps come as standard equipment, along with black cladding to protect the wheel wells and lower portions of the vehicle. Chrome door handles and window surrounds add a nice touch of class and contrast, giving the 500X a hip and elegant flair.

Additional chrome accents can be found on the taillights and on the rear hatch, and a body-colored roof spoiler completes the sporty look of the rear fascia.

Our test model came equipped with the optional All Wheel Drive Lounge Premium Package, which adds a dual-pane power sunroof and 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in all-season tires.

Other exterior features include automatic headlamps, power/heated mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, deep tint sunscreen glass, and a bright exhaust tip.


2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD Interior

FIAT’s signature design language continues on the interior of the 2017 500X Lounge with a thoughtfully laid out dash and center console.

A heated steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob offer a luxurious experience for the driver, and power/heated front seats deliver maximum comfort and convenience in any situation.

Crucial vehicle information is delivered via a 3.5-inch TFT color display in the center of the instrument cluster, and can be customized to prioritize performance, entertainment, or safety alerts.

Our test model came standard with a Uconnect 6.5 NAV infotainment system that features a crisp 6.5-inch touchscreen which allows quick and easy access to GPS navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. The Uconnect system can also be accessed via voice commands by pressing the voice button on the steering wheel.

Optional leather-trimmed bucket seats provided enhanced comfort and support in our test model, in addition to bringing a splash of style with Marrone leather and white piping.

And it would be remiss of us to not mention the impressive cargo capability of the 2017 500X — with the flexibility to fold down the 60/40 split rear seats and also the front passenger seat, bringing all of your adventure necessities has never been easier.

Other notable interior features include dual-zone climate control, cargo compartment cover, ambient lighting, and an optional Beats Premium Audio System.


2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD Performance

Giving the 2017 500X Lounge AWD its on- and off-road prowess is a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine that produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. This peppy engine delivers quick throttle response and strong acceleration.

Aiding with power delivery is a smooth and efficient 9-speed automatic transmission that also features a manual shift mode for those who like to be more involved in the action.

Our 500X Lounge test model also came standard with a Dynamic Control Selector which allows you to optimize traction and performance for a variety of scenarios. Three modes — Auto, Sport, and Traction+ — tailor the vehicle’s behavior to deliver the best driving experience for everyday commuting, spirited driving, or off-road adventuring.

A first for the FIAT family, the 2017 500X now offers all-wheel drive capability. The intelligent system automatically engages the rear axle when it senses the need for additional traction or performance.

And whether the 500X is in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the ride experience is always comfortable, smooth, and confident, making this crossover a popular choice for those with active lifestyles.

Fuel efficiency for the 2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD is an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway**.


2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD Safety

The 2017 FIAT 500X comes with up to 70 standard and available safety features, like advanced multistage air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, rear back-up camera, electronic stability control, and more.

Our test model also came with the available Advanced Safety Package, which adds lane departure warning, ParkSense rear park assist, blind spot monitoring with cross path detection, rain sensitive windshield wipers, and full speed forward collision warning.

And in the event of an accident, the 500X’s steel unibody has been designed to effectively absorb energy in an effort to reduce the chance of injury — just another example of how FIAT aims to give you confidence and peace of mind while driving.


2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD Overall

The 2017 500X is iconic Italian design and convenient functionality combined in a versatile form factor — perfect for on-the-go individuals who love a splash of personality and charm.

Starting MSRP for the 2017 FIAT 500X Lounge AWD is $27,035, and our test model came well-equipped for $31,720*.

Get swept away in the delightful 500X by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated FIAT dealership.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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