2019 Ford EcoSport vs. 2019 Fiat 500X

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the EcoSport 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the EcoSport’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the EcoSport’s reliability 40 points higher than the 500X.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 29th.

Fuel Economy and Range

The EcoSport has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the 500X (13.6 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The EcoSport offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 500X doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The EcoSport stops shorter than the 500X:

 

EcoSport

500X

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The EcoSport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 500X AWD Trekking/Trekking Plus’ optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The EcoSport Titanium handles at .80 G’s, while the 500X pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the EcoSport’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 500X’s (35 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Chassis

The Ford EcoSport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Fiat 500X.

The EcoSport is 5.9 inches shorter than the 500X Pop/Trekking Plus, making the EcoSport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The EcoSport is 6 inches narrower than the 500X, making the EcoSport easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The EcoSport has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the 500X.

Cargo Capacity

The EcoSport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (20.9 vs. 12.2 cubic feet). The EcoSport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (50 vs. 32.1 cubic feet).

Towing

The EcoSport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the 500X’s (1400 vs. 0 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Fiat 500X is only 1000 pounds. The EcoSport offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The EcoSport’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 500X’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The EcoSport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The 500X only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

On extremely cold winter days, the EcoSport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The 500X doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The EcoSport has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The EcoSport (except S) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 500X doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The EcoSport is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The 500X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the EcoSport is less expensive to operate than the 500X because typical repairs cost much less on the EcoSport than the 500X, including $251 less for a water pump, $190 less for fuel injection and $126 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

The Ford EcoSport outsold the Fiat 500X by over 10 to one during 2018.

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