Can a Fiat 500X tow a caravan?

In this article, we will answer the following question: Can a Fiat 500X tow a caravan? We will present you the Fiat 500X, explain the differences and highlight the astonishing performance and what surprised us most about this Fiat model.

Can a Fiat 500X tow a caravan?

A Fiat 500X would be perfect for towing a small and lightweight caravan. With a maximum towing capacity of 1200 kg, the Fiat 500X will dazzle you with both its looks and performance.

Fiat 500X surprises you, especially with the engines provided. We have three transmission types: a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic and a 9-speed automatic! Yes, you read that right, 9-speed, which leads to a decrease in consumption on long journeys; Fiat aligns itself with the big premium manufacturers.

Fiat 500X Towing Capacity


Car model
Unbraked Towing CapacityBraked Towing Capacity
Fiat 500X (2015 onwards) 1.3 Multijet Lounge/Pop 600kg1000kg
Fiat 500X (2015 onwards) 1.4 Multiair Cross/Lounge600kg1200kg
Fiat 500X (2015 onwards) 1.4 Multiair Pop Star 5d600kg1200kg
Fiat 500X (2015 onwards) 1.6 E-torQ Lounge (Start Stop) 5d600kg800kg
Fiat 500X (2015 onwards) 1.6 E-torQ Lounge/Pop600kg800kg
Fiat 500X (2015 onwards) 1.6 Multijet Cross/Lounge600kg1200kg
Fiat 500X (2015 onwards) 2.0 Multijet 4×4 Cross 5d600kg1200kg
Fiat 500X DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.3 Multijet Lounge 600 kg1,000 kg
Fiat 500X DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.3 Multijet Pop 600 kg1,000 kg
Fiat 500X DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.3 Multijet Pop Star 5dr [Nav]600 kg1,000 kg
Fiat 500X DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 Multijet Cross 600 kg1,200 kg
Fiat 500X DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 Multijet 4×4 Cross 600 kg1,200 kg
Fiat 500X HATCHBACK 1.4 Multiair Lounge 600 kg1,200 kg
Fiat 500X HATCHBACK 1.4 Multiair Pop Star 5dr [Nav] DDCT600 kg1,200 kg
Fiat 500X HATCHBACK 1.6 E torQ Lounge600 kg800 kg
Fiat 500X HATCHBACK 1.6 E torQ Pop Star 5dr [Nav]600 kg800 kg

Meet the Fiat 500X

The Fiat 500X promises to seriously threaten the fight between the Nissan Juke and the Mini Countryman in a crowded, crossover city segment, maybe because it’s less Fiat and more Jeep.

When Fiat presented the new Fiat 500X at the Paris Motor Show, we were not particularly pleased with the Italian range’s latest addition. 

Either because the exterior design is beautiful, but with enough elements that look too much like those of other competitors, or because an all-wheel-drive Fiat 500 is not exactly what you would want from life, or even in in the end, because the price we were thinking of would somehow come out of the comfort zone of the Italian brand.

All this was not a good premise for the test with the new model on Italy’s roads, but the little one had enough surprises in store for us. How is it, what does it know how to do, and its strengths and weaknesses, below.

The Fiat 500X is NOT a bigger Fiat 500

It’s a different car with very little in common with the Fiat 500 and much more in common with the Jeep Renegade. But I can’t say that it’s just a Jeep Renegade with another badge because the cars differ a lot in design, and inside they are different enough for the Renegade to remain Jeep and 500X to breathe Fiat. 

The technological solutions, however, come from Jeep. Which, especially when it comes to road holding on rough terrain, is a very good thing.

The Fiat 500X is, however, a fairly large car

At 4.25 meters long, 1.8 meters wide and 1.60 meters high, the 500X is not really a mini car. Not only is it longer than many of the competitors (including Renegade), but it is also roomy. 

Four adults have all the space they need, both in the front seats and in the back seats, and the fifth will be a little more squeezed in the back seat, but it will fit. The space for the feet and knees is generous, and in the back, there are people 1.80 meters tall without too much stress.

The luggage space is 350 litres but can be expanded to over 1,000 litres with the rear seat folded down. Fiat designers have made sure that passengers have enough storage space inside the car, even if the onboard torpedoes are not necessarily as generous as dimensions. The doors fit 1-litre bottles, and the centre console between the two front seats is an example of “yes” in terms of ergonomics.

The Fiat 500X doesn’t really drive like a Fiat

Being, technically, more of a Jeep, the 500X is driven more like a Jeep. But a small and lively one, not a big and quiet one. The Italians have added a surprising dose of refinement, both in terms of interior materials and technologies (in the higher equipment versions) and in terms of road holding. 

You are not shaken on the pits, you are not stressed by the outside noise (incredibly well-soundproofed car), you are not terrified by the squeak of the materials on board, because they are well assembled, but you will not enjoy the feeling of running with a light car and who roars from all corners as you climb close to the red zone, always with one hand on the gearbox.

Why? Because it’s a crossover, not a Fiat 500 So, life on board is more comfortable than always lived to the fullest, and that’s a good thing because you’ll be able to enjoy everything a crossover should actually bring you, which means a little bit of everything. I really appreciated the suspensions, which do not allow the car to roll on the asphalt, i.e. where you will spend 90% of the time.

The same suspensions are a little too hard on country roads, but without becoming annoying.

What Fiat 500X equipment is worth buying?

The Fiat 500X has two main versions – one more urban and the other more off-road, each with its own trim levels. The “urban” version comes in Pop, Popstar and Lounge, while the more “offroad” version comes in two equipment levels: Cross and Cross Plus. 

Suppose the entry-level versions offer a rather spartan interior. In that case, the Lounge and Cross Plus equipment bring with them leather upholstery, colourful dashboard inserts and chrome or glossy plastic decorations in the body colour.

Multiple exterior customizations are also available, so you can choose from several design elements to create a unique Fiat 500X or at least a rare one on the streets. The Uconnect system gives you access to a lot of multimedia features, and integrating the on-board colour touch screen is a lesson for other carmakers.

It’s not a fashion car in the true sense of the word, like the Fiat 500, but it’s very hip, if I may say so. Obviously, if you want a 4 × 4, go for Cross or Cross Plus. They look much better than the city version and are more in tune with the car’s fun side.

Fiat 500X has interesting engines, worthy of a bigger and more expensive car

Noteworthy is the 140 hp 1.4 Turbo MultiAir2 engines (front-wheel-drive cars and 6-speed manual transmission, optional with a dual-clutch transmission, automatic), 1.6 “E-torQ” of 110 hp, coupled with 5-speed manual transmission gears and front-wheel drive, but also the 2-liter MultiJet II turbo diesel engine, 140 hp, coupled to the 9-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.

Customers can also opt for the entry-level engine MultiJet 1.3 95 hp (5-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive), or MultiJet II 2.0 140 hp, with 6-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. 

More powerful engines have to be mentioned here, of which in Europe the 1.4 Turbo MultiAir2 of 170 hp, and in the United States the Tigershark MultiAir2 engine of 2.4 litres and 187 hp, also coupled with the 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Conclusions

Compared to the quality of the interior materials, the quality of the assembly, the modern engines and transmissions, the comfort inside, and the car’s versatility, I say that it is worth even more than other crossovers.

But that depends on one’s preferences because the segment of urban crossovers with rugged terrain skills is growing. Don’t exclude it from the list, because it’s a car you’ll fall in love with at first sight!

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