Fiat Tipo

 fiat tipo

TIPO SALOON - 1.4 Easy 4dr



BEST PRICE

£13,241 

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Fiat reverted to the 'Tipo' badge for its family hatch contender, that name being Italian for 'type'. So what type of Focus-class rival is this? We're told to expect space, economy and value pricing. Sounds promising. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
TIPO SALOON
1.4 Easy 4dr
PETROL
£13,240.94
TIPO SALOON
1.4 Street 4dr
PETROL
£13,740.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 Easy 5dr
PETROL
£13,950.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 Street 5dr
PETROL
£14,450.94
TIPO STATION WAGON
1.4 Easy 5dr
PETROL
£14,950.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 Mirror 5dr
PETROL
£15,200.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 Lounge 5dr
PETROL
£15,950.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 T-Jet [120] Mirror 5dr
PETROL
£16,200.94
TIPO STATION WAGON
1.4 Mirror 5dr
PETROL
£16,200.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 T-Jet [120] Lounge 5dr
PETROL
£16,950.94
TIPO STATION WAGON
1.4 Lounge 5dr
PETROL
£16,950.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 S Design 5dr
PETROL
£16,950.94
TIPO STATION WAGON
1.4 T-Jet [120] Mirror 5dr
PETROL
£17,200.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 T-Jet [120] S Design 5dr
PETROL
£17,950.94
TIPO STATION WAGON
1.4 T-Jet [120] Lounge 5dr
PETROL
£17,950.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 Sport 5dr
PETROL
£18,300.94
TIPO DIESEL HATCHBACK
1.6 Multijet Mirror 5dr
DIESEL
£19,195.94
TIPO HATCHBACK
1.4 T-Jet [120] Sport 5dr
PETROL
£19,300.94
TIPO DIESEL HATCHBACK
1.6 Multijet Lounge 5dr
DIESEL
£19,945.94
TIPO DIESEL STATION WAGON
1.6 Multijet Mirror 5dr
DIESEL
£20,155.94
TIPO DIESEL STATION WAGON
1.6 Multijet Lounge 5dr
DIESEL
£20,905.94

Ten Second Review

Fiat's entrant in the family hatch segment is this car, the Tipo. Smartly styled in Italy and developed and built in Turkey, it looks a much more credible contender than anything the Italian brand has brought us in this class for decades. UK buyers get a choice of petrol engines and a frugal diesel, plus hatch and estate bodystyles that are exceptionally spacious.

Background

Fiat has never managed to crack the Focus-sized family hatchback sector. Over the last few decades we've had a succession of models - the Bravo and Brava twins, the Stilo, and, most recently, another Bravo line-up. None of them made any real impact on folk much more likely to either buy Ford's best seller or the latest versions of Vauxhall's Astra or Volkswagen's Golf. In recent years, it looked as if Fiat might be abandoning this traditional market segment in favour of more specialised Crossover models like their 500X. But cars like that still sell in something of a niche, so the Italian brand has, once more, turned it's hand to creating a conventional contender in this class. Arguably the last time the brand was truly competitive here was with its Tipo family hatch, which sold between 1988 and 1995. It's appropriate then, that this current model also wears a 'Tipo' badge.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
129
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
8
Camshaft
SOHC
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
11.0:1
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
6 SPEED
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
72
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
84
CC
1368
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
WLTP - MPG - Low
30.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium
41.5
WLTP - MPG - High
46.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
40.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb
42.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
9.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
6.7
General
Generation Mark
2
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Badge Power
95
Badge Engine CC
1.4
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Coin Series
Easy
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
8
Performance
Engine Power - BHP
95
Engine Power - PS
True
Top Speed
113
Engine Power - KW
70
Engine Power - RPM
6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
94
Engine Torque - NM
127
Engine Torque - RPM
4500
Engine Torque - MKG
13
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys?
False
Tyre Size Spare
FULL SIZE
Wheel Type
15" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Height
1497
Length
4532
Width
1792
Wheelbase
2638
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
1150
Gross Vehicle Weight
1650
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
45
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1200
Max. Loading Weight
500
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.9
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Driving Experience

The smart styling won't disguise the fact that this is unlikely to be the sharpest handling car in its sector, but we reckon it's close enough to the class leaders to satisfy most potential buyers. The engine range includes three options in total. There is a single turbo diesel unit - a 1.6-litre MultiJet II with an output of 120hp and 320Nm. This 1.6-litre diesel engine can also be combined with a six-speed TCT twin-clutch auto transmission. The petrol engine range kicks off with a 1.4-litre 16v powerplant producing 95hp and 125Nm, then moves on to a 1.4 T-Jet turbo petrol variant with 120hp and 206Nm. The Tipo's roadgoing demeanour has been set up to favour relaxed comfort rather than any kind of dynamic drive. You can see why: this is, after all, a car designed primarily around the needs of buyers in developing countries who simply want to get comfortably from A to B. So there's no trick suspension for fancy ride quality, torque vectoring for classy cornering or ridiculously powerful engine options that hardly anyone will buy. Where Turin has had modern carry-over technology it can use - the engines, the modular platform, the Uconnect infotainment technology - then that's been thrown into the development mix, but the over-riding priority here has been in the creation of the best possible car for the lowest possible price.

Design and Build

Like its predecessor, this Tipo hatchback is exceptionally roomy and is capable of accommodating three six-feet-plus adult passengers in the rear - thanks to class-leading legroom and outstanding headroom within its 4.37m long, 1.79m wide and 1.50m tall dimensions. Its boot capacity is also best-in-class with a volume of 440-litres, while the estate version adds an additional 110-litres of boot space which, at 550 litres, is also class leading. It can carry loads of up to 1.8m in length courtesy of an extra 20cm of length (4.57m), a flip-and-fold 60/40 split rear seats and completely flat load floor. The estate body style has a height of 1.51m thanks to the standard-fit longitudinal roof bars. Loading the boot of the Station Wagon estate is aided by a low load sill with reconfigurable components such as an adjustable load floor and removable side storage panels to further increase the width of the luggage compartment. At the wheel, the Tipo features numerous cabin compartments with a variety of shapes and capacities totalling no less than 12-litres. Easily reachable by driver and passengers, these compartments are perfect for storing personal objects, smartphones, game consoles, bottles and coins.
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