2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV

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$26,895
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2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 20, 2020
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The made in Italy, classic Fiat adds “500X Sport” to its 2020 500X lineup, sharing the same underpinnings and drivetrain as Jeep Renegade and its other siblings. The 500X Sport comes with the exterior and interior tweaks for a more athletic look. The 500X Sport starts from the MSRP of $26,895.

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Pros

Plush interior with easy-to-use controls.

Simplified 1.3L Turbo-4 engine

Comfortable Ride

Standard All-Wheel Drive

Cons

Limited utility with cramped rear and cargo

Active safety features are optional

What's New?

The Fiat 500X Sport is a new entry in the 2020 500X lineup.


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2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV in Grigio Argento color 2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV in Italia Blue color 2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV in Blue Sky Metallic color 2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV in Arancia Pastello color 2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV in Nero Cinema color
Grigio Argento

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

7.2

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Base

Base

power
177 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$26,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 4cyl Turbo 9A) Starting at $26,895 MSRP (23/26/29) 177 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.3 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.2

Overall Rating


Fiat 500X first launched in 2015, could not materialize on the high popularity of the classic Italian design. The 2020 Fiat 500X Sport seems to be a bid for the revival of lingering Fiat family. Surely, 500X Sport adorns the best styling, outclassing the 500X predecessors. The new 1.3L turbo-4 engine mated with 9-speed shiftable automatic transmission makes an entry replacing 1.4L and 2.4L engines. Starting at $26,895, 500X flaunts an aggressive Italian design combined with ample features for your convenience and safety.

The 500X Sport is placed with standard all-wheel-drive. The newest 500X is a kind of appearance package on the regular 500X sharing the similar powertrain and underpinnings. The 500X Sport rival against the likes of Subaru Forester, Mitshubishi Outlander, Ford Escape. For more rival comparison, visit the review of 2020 Fiat 500X.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 

7.0/10
Competition

 

7.2/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Features

8.0/10

The Fiat 500X receives a “Sport” variant for the 2020 model year, maintaining the 2019 500X functionality and foundation. The 500X Sport is a subcompact crossover SUV available with similar powertrain, restyled front and rear fascia and features equivalent to the top trim i.e. Trekking Plus. The 500X Sport exterior features include body-color painted side moldings and dark-finish accents, while the interior features include sport-inspired seating, a new flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters and uses upscale material. The 500X is priced below Trekking Plus at an MSRP of $26,895 and goes for sale in fall 2020. 

Fiat 500X

Sport

MSRP (AWD)

$26,895

Key Features

Leather upholstery

 

Uconnect infotainment system 7-inch touch screen

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Remote start

 

Rearview camera

 

Available Popular Equipment Group package

 

Navigation

 

Heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

What do we recommend?

The Fiat 500X Sport is the best styled 500X flaunting sportier interior and exterior. Starting at $26,895 the 500 Sport packs plush interior, sportier design, and a healthy powertrain.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2020 Fiat 500X features a much-simplified powertrain, carrying forward its 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 2019 model.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport has 1.3-liter I-4 turbo Engine

For a 3300 pound vehicle and considering the small-displacement, 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque feel lively. 

Models

Fiat 500X Sport All-wheel Drive

Subaru Forester All-wheel Drive

Mitsubishi Outlander FWD

Ford Escape AWD

MSRP

$26,895

$24,495

$24,795

$26,385

Engine

1.3L turbo Inline-4

2.5L Flat-4

2.4-liter Inline-4 

1.5L Inline-3 

Drivetrain AWD AWD FWD AWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

177@5,500

182@5,800

166@6,000

180@N/A

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

210@2,200

176@4,400

162@4,200

177@N/A

The 9-speed automatic transmission with manual shifts comes standard with the all-wheel-drive. The 9-speed automatic transmission looks good on the paper but early 6-speed variant would have resulted in a better driving experience. The Subaru and Ford offer a standard all-wheel-drive while Outlander can be optioned with front-wheel -drive with competitive power.

How fast is the Fiat 500X Sport?

Under the hood, the 1.3L turbo four-cylinder engine delivers 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque with standard all-wheel drive. The 500X Sport offers best-in-class torque for better acceleration. Though, on irking character of the engine is the loud noise it makes while it tries to pull the 500X. 

2002 Fiat 500X Sport 0-60 MPH in Just 8.5 sec

Models

Fiat 500X Sport All-wheel Drive

Subaru Forester All-wheel Drive

Mitsubishi Outlander FWD

Ford Escape AWD

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.5

9.6

N/A

7.7

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.6

17.3

N/A

23.5

Top Speed (MPH) N/A 117 N/A 130

Engine

1.3L turbo Inline-4

2.5L Flat-4

2.4-liter Inline-4 

1.5L Inline-3 

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.1

N/A

N/A

The 9-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and efficiently make use of the engine’s low-rpm. For a subcompact SUV, 500X reasonably takes 8.9 seconds to reach 60 mph from rest. The American counterpart, Ford manages to outscore the 500X with a dash to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds but gets slower and slower to reach the quarter-mile.

How are the ride quality and handling of Fiat 500X Sport?

The 500X Sport is fun to drive on twisty roads and offers capable handling. Adequate power and ample torque enable quick maneuvering and lane pass. The advanced all-wheel-drive enables a much better cornering ability with the least body lean and also gives traction advantage in snowy or wet conditions.

2002 Fiat 500X Sport Front View

The electric-assist power steering is not precise and feels numb. However, the suspension is perfectly tuned with a good hydraulic setup. For a subcompact crossover, driving Fiat 500X Sport offers a choppy ride that may not be objectionable for a crossover.

How do brakes perform on Fiat 500X Sport?

The Fiat 500X Sport does not receive performance brakes but features standard 4 wheel disc brakes and has an available assisted braking system which includes three functions: Autonomous Emergency Braking, Prefill, and Brake Assist. 

2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front Brake 12 in.

Models

Fiat 500X Sport All-wheel Drive

Subaru Forester All-wheel Drive

Mitsubishi Outlander FWD

Ford Escape AWD

Brake Rotors Front (in)

12

11.6

11.6

13

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11

11.2

11.9

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs)

3305

3520

3329

3464

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

162

There not much known of the braking performance of Fiat 500X Sport, so, going by the Fiat reputation the 500X Sport brakes may feel grabby, especially at lower speeds, which isn’t exciting.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Fiat 500x Sport for being a standard all-wheel-drive reflect a healthy appetite. The standard all-wheel-drive system uses a disconnecting rear axle to improve fuel efficiency restricting power to the rear wheels when not required.

Model

Fiat 500X Sport All-wheel Drive

Subaru Forester All-wheel Drive

Mitsubishi Outlander FWD

Ford Escape AWD

MPG (City) 

24

26

25

26

MPG (Highway) 

30

33

30

31

MPG (Combined) 

26

29

27

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

12.7

16.6

16.6

14.7

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

305/381/330

432/548/481

415/498/448

N/A/540/411

The Fiat 500X Sport trails slightly in terms of fuel efficiency from its other all-wheel-drive rivals. The Subaru tops the list with excellent combined MPG of 29.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Interior

7.0/10

The 2020 Fiat 500X Sport is an Italian marquee subcompact SUV with the plush and well-crafted interior. The distinguishing features of 2020 500X Sport include Interior features include dark headliner and pillars, new Sport-inspired seating, refined console bezel finishes, as well as a new flat-bottom techno-leather steering wheel with Alcantara inserts and paddle shifters. The interior also boasts aluminum pedal covers, athletic mats and an Alcantara binnacle above the instrument cluster.

2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front Seats

The controls are placed keeping in mind the ease-of-use factor. 500x Sport enables an easy slip-in and out, thanks to a generous door opening. The front seats get extra bolstering covered with black fabric with vinyl inserts, are spacious and comfortable but the rear legroom feels cramped. The 500x flaunts tall windows for better outward visibility but the thick pillars nullify the effect.

Model Fiat 500X Sport All-wheel Drive Subaru Forester All-wheel Drive Mitsubishi Outlander FWD Ford Escape AWD
Seating Capacity 5 5 7 5
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 39.1/54.3/41.4 40.2/58.2/43.3 40.6/56.4/40.9 40/57.6/42.4
Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 37.8/52.8/34.8 37.7/57.2/39.4 38.4/56/37.3 39.3/56/38.8

What are the Infotainment features in Fiat 500X Sport?

The 2020 Fiat 500X Sport features the Uconnect 4 infotainment system with a standard with a 7-inch touchscreen. Apart from standard navigation, the 500X Sport’s multimedia system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The available BeatsAudio premium sound system includes eight speakers and a subwoofer for studio-quality sound, optional across the lineup except for 500X Pop.

2002 Fiat 500X Sport has 7.0-inch Touchscreen display

The Uconnect infotainment system of the FCA family has a good reputation in the market for being one of the most intuitive multimedia systems.

Key infotainment features:

  • 7.0-inch Touchscreen display
  • Available Beats Premium Audio System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Dual USB ports
  • Integrated Voice command with Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • USB hotspot flip

How big is the Cargo of Fiat 500X Sport?

For a subcompact SUV, Fiat 500X Sport offers below-average cargo space which is just enough to store a few groceries bags. The cargo capacity of 14 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 32 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded is low. 

Model

Fiat 500X Sport All-wheel Drive

Subaru Forester All-wheel Drive

Mitsubishi Outlander FWD

Ford Escape AWD

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

14.1

35.4

10.3

37.5

The Fiat 500X is ranked even below Kona which offers 19.1 cubic feet of trunk space. The Fiat 500X also has a tall stature due to larger wheels as well which further increases the liftover height.

Key Interior Feature:

  • 4-way Power Driver Lumbar Adjust
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather-trimmed Bucket Seats
  • Rear 60/40 folding seats
  • Air -Conditioning with Dual Zone Control
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Latch ready Child Seat Anchor System
  • Remote-start System
  • Speed Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Dashboard
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Dashboard
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Steering wheel
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Steering wheel
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front Seats
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front Seats
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Gear shifter
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Gear shifter
2020 Fiat 500X Sport interior
2020 Fiat 500X Sport interior

2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Exterior

7.0/10

The Fiat corporate design language influencing is clearly visible in the Italian-American 500X sport. Undoubtedly, the 500X Sport is more rugged than its 500L boxy counterpart. The Fiat 500X leverages the iconic Cinquecento’s footprint to deliver classic Italian style with space and utility, featuring additional ground clearance. 

2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View

The 2020 Fiat 500X offers distinguishing athletic character with new front and rear fascia designs, body-color painted side moldings and dark-finish exterior accents plus all-new “Rovente Red” exterior paint color. There are two chrome exhaust tips, “sport” badging over fender and Dark trim for the mirror caps, door handles and license plate. The 500X’s dual-pane sunroof (available on all trim levels) offers a power-sliding panoramic roof with side glass panels, which match with the body-side sheet metal for an open and spacious effect. LED headlights and foglights are standard with 18-inch wheels.

Model

Fiat 500X Sport All-wheel Drive

Subaru Forester All-wheel Drive

Mitsubishi Outlander FWD

Ford Escape AWD

Curb Weight (lbs)

3305

3520

3329

3464

Length (in)

167.2

182.1

184.8

180.5

Width (in)

70.7

71.5

71.3

74.1

Height (in)

63.1

67.5

67.3

66.1

Ground Clearance (in)

7.9

8.7

8.5

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

105.1

105.1

106.7

Exterior Features

  • Available 19-inch Wheels with Michelin CrossClimate all-season tires
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Bi-function LED Projector Headlamps
  • LED Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Body-Colored Rear Spoilers
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View
2020 Fiat 500X Sport Front View

2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Safety

7.0/10

The 2020 Fiat 500X Sport is yet to be tested by the Federal Safety rating agencies. Based on the similar underpinning and foundation 500X Sport is safe enough for a family. The standard safety features include Airbags, Dynamic control selector, electric parking brake, electronic roll mitigation, electronic stability control, hill start assist, and a rearview camera. The available advanced driver assistance package adds adaptive speed control, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlamp control, blind-spot and cross-path detection with a forward-collision warning system.

Key Safety Features:

  • Airbags
  • Front and Rear Park Assist and adaptive cruise control
  • Forward Collision Warning-Plus
  • LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus
  • Blind-spot Monitoring 
  • Rear Cross Path detection
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Competition

7.0/10

Fiat 500X Sport Vs Subaru Forester

Within the segment, Subaru offers a standard all-wheel-drive with equivalent power delivery and athletic driving experience. On the downside, Subaru Forester being hefty feels underpowered with the existing engine but compensates with ample standard driver-assistance features and generous cargo capacity for better utility. 

2020 Subaru Forester

Fiat 500X Sport Vs Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander offers a standard front-wheel drive with optional plug-in hybrid version as well. The Outlander adds the third-row and offers a seven-seater advantage. The Outlander with more displacement offers lesser power than the 500X. Also, the outdated infotainment and cheap-feeling interior is a disappointment. The 500X Sport will be a better option provided you have a family of five.

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander

Fiat 500X Sport Vs Ford Escape

The 2020 Ford escape offers multiple powertrain choices and a bag full of smart features with the latest redesign. The 2020 Escape betters Fiat 500X Sport in terms of the spacious rear, quiet ride and responsive road mannerism. The 2020 500X Sport offers just the Sporties look not the driving. Though the upscale interior and superior quality cabin material used in 500X Sport diminishes the appeal of Ford Escape.

2020 Ford Escape

2020 Fiat 500X Sport SUV Final Verdict

7.2/10

The 500X Sport is a welcome addition to the 500X series combining retro design with modern aesthetics and technology. The simplified 1.3L turbo drives the Italian beauty powerfully with the best-in-class torque figure. The interior is a pure class with one of the most desired infotainment systems. Though, lack of utility and questionable handling puts it way behind the rivals which offer better value.