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The Golf Alltrack has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 500X doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Golf Alltrack (except S) offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 500X doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Golf Alltrack’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The 500X doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
Both the Golf Alltrack and the 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.
The Golf Alltrack comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The 500X’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.
The Golf Alltrack’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the 500X’s (10 vs. 5 years).
There are over 55 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf Alltrack’s warranty.
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the 500X’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
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 Golf Alltrack’s reliability 49 points higher than the 500X.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 118 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Golf Alltrack has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500X (14.5 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Golf Alltrack offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The 500X doesn’t offer a manual transmission.
The Golf Alltrack offers an optional 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.
The Golf Alltrack stops shorter than the 500X:
60 to 0 MPH
60 to 0 MPH (Wet)
For better traction, the Golf Alltrack’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 500X (225/45R18 vs. 215/60R17).
The Golf Alltrack’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 500X AWD’s standard 60 series tires. The Golf Alltrack’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the 500X AWD Trekking/Trekking Plus’ optional 55 series tires.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Golf Alltrack’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the 500X (103.5 inches vs. 101.2 inches).
The Golf Alltrack SEL handles at .84 G’s, while the 500X pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Golf Alltrack SEL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the 500X Trekking (27 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .59 average G’s).
The design of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack amounts to more than styling. The Golf Alltrack has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is significantly lower than the 500X (.35) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Golf Alltrack get better fuel mileage.
The Golf Alltrack has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (94.3 vs. 91.7).
The Golf Alltrack has 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.
The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 12.2 cubic feet). The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 32.1 cubic feet).
A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Golf Alltrack easier. The Golf Alltrack’s trunk lift-over height is 24.8 inches, while the 500X’s liftover is 31.4 inches.
The Golf Alltrack’s cargo area is larger than the 500X’s in every dimension:
Length to seat (2nd/1st)
The Golf Alltrack uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The 500X uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
The Golf Alltrack’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 500X’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the Golf Alltrack the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows with the driver’s door power window switch. The driver of the 500X can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Golf Alltrack’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 500X’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The 500X Trekking/Trekking Plus’ cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Golf Alltrack (except S)’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
The Golf Alltrack 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.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Golf Alltrack has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.
The Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, 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.
The Golf Alltrack (except S)’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The 500X doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Volkswagen Golf comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Fiat 500X isn’t available as a four door.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Fiat 500X isn't recommended.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Golf Alltrack second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 500X isn’t in the top three.
The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The 500X has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.
Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The 500X has never been chosen.
The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the Fiat 500X by over 8 to one during 2018.
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