In today’s oversaturated crossover and sports utility vehicle market, it can be difficult to choose from the masses. However, the 2016 Nissan Juke and FIAT 500X are good places to start. Both of these small CUVs offer plenty of style and great practicality with a starting MSRP around $20,000* ($20,250 MSRP for the Nissan Juke S* and $20,000 MSRP for the FIAT 500X Pop*).
It may be difficult to figure out which hatchback CUV you’d like with the market full of spunky little 5-doors, such as the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sportage, Kia Soul, Toyota RAV4, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Trax, and more.
However, in our head-to-head this week, we pit the 2016 Nissan Juke vs. 2016 FIAT 500X in a battle of the city-sized CUVs full of spunk and spirit.
The exterior stylings of the 2016 Nissan Juke are bold and flagrant while the 2016 FIAT 500X is more classically refined.
Nissan has given the 2016 Juke 370Z-inspired headlights and taillights. The strongly-lined hood sweeps back toward muscular wheel arches featuring 17-inch wheels. LED accent lights provide a little style, along with Projector halogen low beam headlights.
The FIAT 500X has smoother body lines that are more curvaceous than muscular like the Juke’s. FIAT has taken Italian styling and make it easily accessible to buyers of all income levels. The FIAT 500X Pop sports 16-inch steel wheels with other wheel styles available as optional.
Interior options for the Juke are nearly endless, along with the exterior embellishments, too. You can change your interior insert pieces for vents and speakers, illumination pieces, armrests, and more (exterior custom pieces include colored alloy wheels, headlight and mirror trims, and bumper accents. It also offers a NissanConnect infotainment system with mobile apps in your car’s system and Bluetooth hands-free calling.
The interior for the Fiat 500X offers either a cloth or leather trim material with comfortable seats. The interiors are not customized as in the Juke, however with FIAT’s innate style, you won’t ever have to worry about the label of ‘bland’. The base Pop trim offers a 3-inch screen that has USB and AUX connections, but you’ll have to spring for the Easy trim (or higher) if you’d like Bluetooth hands-free calling.
The 2016 Nissan Juke is offered in front- or all-wheel drive, with a standard 1.6L direct injection turbo-charged 4-cylinder connected to an XTronic CVT transmission, featuring Sport mode, capable of 188 horsepower and 177-lb.ft. of torque. The Juke NISMO R Edition offers a NISMO-tuned engine capable of 215 horsepower and 210-lb.ft. of torque.
Over in the FIAT 500X, a 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged engine is good for 160-horsepower and 184-lb.ft. of torque. If you go for the optional 2.4L Tigershark engine, the 500X Trekking Plus achieves 180 horsepower with 175-lb.ft. of torque through an all-wheel drive system featuring dynamic driving selections based on traction desired.
Both vehicles offer a slew of airbags and safety features that have become standard over the years, such as brake-force distribution, traction and stability controls, and more. The 2016 Nissan Juke has available Around View monitoring with moving object detection while the 2016 FIAT 500X has available forward collision warning.
Both the 2016 Nissan Juke and the 2016 FIAT 500X offer owners a capable and chic small SUV with off-road ability and unparalleled practicality for in-city needs. While the 2016 Nissan Juke can be configured with in-your-face style, the 2016 FIAT 500X offers Italian designs.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.