2016 FIAT 500X Allentown PA


2016 FIAT 500X

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New 2016 FIAT 500X at Brown Daub Fiat for Easton, PA

 The smartly styled 2016 Fiat 500X is no off-roader, but it might be the most useful vehicle from the brand yet. The 500X is brand-new this year, and Fiat says it brings good road manners, perfect urban size, excellent fuel economy, and cut-above safety technology to the growing class of small SUVs--a class that includes the Chevy Trax and Buick Encore, the Jeep Renegade and soon will include the likes of the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3.

Under the 500X's Hood

In the U.S, drivers get a choice between two powertrains, but in practice, there's just one combination most will experience. The base engine is a 1.4-liter turbo four that makes 160 horsepower; we've driven this combination in the Dodge Dart, where it proved underwhelming. The limiting factor here will be its transmission: it's coupled only to a six-speed manual transmission, and available only on the base Pop trim level.

With its bigger 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the 500X makes 180 horsepower. The transmission is a hurdle: the nine-speed automatic is Chrysler's best effort yet at tuning this gearbox's shift patterns, but it's still occasionally abrupt in its gear changes, and takes far too long to downshift in anything but its most aggressive programmable driving modes. The 500X's road manners are good for the class. Electric power steering doesn't have much feedback, but it's not a negative, in terms of responsiveness. The 500X rides firmly on its strut suspension, but even with optional 18-inch wheels, it's not a punishing vehicle. In all, it's one of the more entertaining small SUVs this side of the MINI Countryman.

Design of FIAT 500X

In terms of interior space, the 500X measures up against most rivals. Front-seat space and comfort are generally good, though the available leather seats could use more definition at the bottom and less at the headrest. In back, knee and headroom can feel scant behind a tall driver and underneath the optional sunroof. Cargo space is competitive, and though the 500X's rear seat doesn't fold quite flat, the resulting space has a nice, low load floor and a regular shape. Colorful, shiny plastics cover the dashboard, complemented by circular controls and either a 3.0-inch, 4.0-inch, or 6.5-inch Uconnect screen depending on the model. Oversize door handles, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and clever storage cubbies complete the cabin. The two-tone seats are stylish and comfortable enough for long drives.

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Conclusions

As for safety, the 500X comes with seven airbags, stability control and hill-start assist. Options include forward-collision-warning and lane-departure-warning systems; blind-spot monitors with rear cross-path detection (which scans side angles to warn of vehicles approaching from the rear); and a rearview camera optional or standard on most trim levels. Give us a call today for more information on the 2016 FIAT 500X!

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