2018 Fiat 500X vs. 2018 Hyundai Tucson

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the 500X and the Tucson have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


The 500X Pop’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 151) than the Tucson SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The 500X’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (180 vs. 175) than the Tucson Eco/Sport/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Fiat 500X 4 cyl. is faster than the Tucson SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

8.5 sec

9.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.3 MPH

81.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 500X gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson:







1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

25 city/34 hwy

25 city/30 hwy

1.6 4 cyl./Auto


2.4 4 cyl./Auto

21 city/30 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

The 500X has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tucson doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.


A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Fiat 500X 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Tucson.

Brakes and Stopping

The 500X stops much shorter than the Tucson:





60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For greater off-road capability the 500X has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tucson (7.9 vs. 6.4 inches), allowing the 500X to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Fiat 500X may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Hyundai Tucson.

The 500X Pop/Lounge is 9 inches shorter than the Tucson, making the 500X easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.


The 500X’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tucson’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

The 500X Trekking/Lounge’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tucson’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 500X Lounge/Trekking detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tucson doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 500X owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the 500X with a number “5” insurance rate while the Tucson is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 500X is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $342 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 500X than the Tucson, including $293 less for an alternator, $59 less for a starter, $126 less for front struts and $90 less for a timing belt/chain.

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