Night and day differences aren’t peerless in many rested cars. There’s mostly no indicate to resculpting a fender or changing a gauge’s typeface other than guarding sales opposite younger, hotter competitors. And so it is with the 2019 Fiat 500X, which, notwithstanding carrying been updated for a new indication year, is probably uncelebrated from final year’s version. Buried within a latest 500X, however, is a critical ascent that does urge this subcompact crossover’s pushing experience: Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) new turbocharged 1.3-liter inline-four.
HIGHS: Punchier and quieter turbo engine, all-wheel expostulate now standard, appealing design.
It might seem impotent to deliver a new turbo inline-four that’s a small 36 cc bashful in banishment of FCA’s existent 1.4-liter engine, that still can be found underneath a hoods of a 500, 500C, 500L, and 124 Spider models, as good as a Jeep Renegade. But like a career politician, a turbo 1.4 has turn restored amid fast technological progress. Lead operative Jim Westbrook lists a new 1.3 engine’s hardware stats like a unapproachable father, including an electric thermostat and empty plural expel constituent into a cylinder head, higher-energy ignition coils, an intercooler integrated with a intake manifold, and Fiat’s third era of a MultiAir non-static intake valve system. There’s also some-more boost from a turbocharger, 25 psi, adult from a prior engine’s rise of 18 psi.
LOWS: Higher plaque prices, so-so fuel economy, primer gearbox is no longer available.
In essence, a new engine does some-more with less. Peak outlay of 177 horsepower during 5500 rpm and a vigourous 210 lb-ft of torque during 2200 rpm paint conspicuous increases of 17 horses and 26 lb-ft. More important, this 1.3-liter is now a solitary engine choice opposite a 500X lineup, as is customary all-wheel expostulate and a nine-speed involuntary transmission. That it is concordant with FCA’s eTorque hybrid complement means we also pattern to see a hybrid version make a approach into certain Fiat and Jeep models in a entrance years.
A Simpler Yet Better Package
Front-wheel-drive and manual-transmission versions are no longer accessible on a 500X as of 2019, nor is a dirty and underwhelming 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four that was a compulsory ascent for prior all-wheel-drive 500X models. That engine put out 180 horsepower nonetheless mustered usually 175 lb-ft during a high 3900 rpm. In contrast, a most smaller 1.3-liter feels punchier, and a nine-speed doesn’t hunt as blindly among a underbrush of gears. The 2019 500X is sincerely still during full throttle, nonetheless some buzziness is still detectable. With so small banishment to work with, a 1.3-liter can feel rather malnutritioned until a turbo spools up. But once it does, it shrugs off betterment changes that done a 2018 500X stagger. Hustled down a twisty roads around a Hudson River, a Fiat also exhibits a bit some-more restraint from a revised check tuning.
Keen observers can mark a 2019 500X by a easily revised front and back fascias, new circle design, LED headlights, updated taillights with body-color inserts, and some additional paint colors. Fiat promises 2019 fuel economy total of 24 mpg city, 30 highway, and 26 combined, that are improvements of 3 mpg city and 1 highway over final year’s indication with a 2.4-liter and all-wheel drive.
Unfortunately, a Fiat 500X’s prices also have increasing for 2019, with a entry-level Pop trim turn with all-wheel expostulate now autocratic $26,235, a $1050 strike over a 2018 version. The top-spec Trekking Plus indication like a one we gathering now stickers for some-more than $30K before options. Granted, a slight upcharge is to be approaching with any poignant refurbish in equipment. But that’s still a lot to ask for a diminutive crossover from a non-luxury brand, and FCA’s new turbo 1.3-liter engine has nonetheless to infer a value during the exam track.
2019 Fiat 500X
front-engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Pop, $26,235; Pop Blue Sky, $27,430; Trekking, $27,740; Trekking Urbana, $28,635; Trekking Plus, $30,940
turbocharged and intercooled SOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum retard and head, approach fuel injection
81 cu in, 1332 cc
177 hp @ 5500 rpm
210 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
9-speed involuntary with primer changeable mode
Wheelbase: 101.2 in
Length: 167.2–168.2 in
Width: 75.5 in
Height: 63.7 in
Passenger volume: 91 cu ft
Trunk/Cargo volume: 12 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 3400 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
Zero to 60 mph: 8.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 29.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.9 sec
Top speed: 120 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (MFR’S EST)
Combined/city/highway: 26/24/30 mpg