Fiat Tipo

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TIPO SALOON - 1.4 Easy 4dr



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£13,241 

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Fiat's Tipo Saloon delivers third world budget value. 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 brings us a Saloon version of its Tipo hatch. It offers basic virtues - but an astonishingly low price. And you get lots of interior space and a big boot. The 1.4-litre petrol engine certainly isn't the last word in performance or efficiency but if you don't much care about that, then this Italian compact sedan actually offers stellar value.

Background

It's always been something of an anomaly that small saloons from volume brands don't tend to sell well here. But stick a premium brand badge on the nose and things become quite different. Which is why an Audi A3 Saloon achieves reasonable numbers in our market but models like the Toyota Corolla Saloon and the Mazda3 Saloon are rarer than hen's teeth. In the face of things then, the auspices aren't particularly good for the car we look at here, the Fiat Tipo saloon. Particularly since hatch and SW estate versions of the Tipo aren't especially flying out of the showrooms. For the right kind of buyer though, this Tipo saloon might make a lot of sense. For a start, it's far cheaper than the Toyota and Mazda rival models just mentioned. And you could easily pay twice as much for premium badged four-door models like that Audi's A3 Saloon we just mentioned or the saloon version of the Mercedes A-Class. Time to take a closer look.

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

In approaching the driving dynamics of this car, you have to appreciate the background behind it. Unlike most of its competitors, Fiat wasn't trying to produce a Golf or a Focus - or even a Peugeot 308 or Renault Megane. Here instead is a car designed primarily around the needs of buyers in developing nations 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. Which means that in almost every regard, this Tipo delivers most of what you need and not much of what you don't. It only comes (for our market at least) with one engine, the Turin brand's 95hp 1.4-litre FIRE petrol unit. This is one of the oldest engines the company has in current production, so it's no surprise to find that it can't be ordered with modern niceties like a stop/start system, hence a less-than-stellar set of efficiency figures. On the plus side, refinement is well up to class standards and there really isn't that much wrong with the performance - rest to 62mph in 11.8s and 113mph.

Design and Build

The Tipo was designed from the very beginning as a sedan - unlike saloon competitors that are often converted from existing hatchbacks. And you can see that from the rather neat proportions. Fiat has kept design changes over the hatch to a minimum in order to reduce production costs at the Turkish factory. But you're getting a lot of metal for your money: at 4,530mm long, this Fiat is quite a lot longer than Golf or a Focus. Take a seat up-front and you'll find the dash quite smartly designed, but it's clear that this is a budget-orientated model, with a steering wheel and some switchgear borrowed from the 500 city car. Still, it all feels of reasonable quality, even if lower down the dash and the doors, you'll find hard, scratchy plastics. There's a reasonable amount of kit though, with things like air conditioning and a 5-inch 'Uconnect' touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity. Plus there are numerous cabin compartments with a variety of shapes and capacities totalling no less than 12-litres. At the back, the sloping roofline limits your head space very slightly, but there's still space for lanky driver to sit behind another equally lofty occupant. As you'd hope from a sedan of this size, the boot is pretty big, 520-litres in size.
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