This Fiat Tipo looks good, offering the consumer a thoroughly modern hatchback that can compete with the best, especially in the metallic pearl sand paintwork on test. Proportionally correct, the Tipo displays an upmarket look that sets it apart from the rest with it’s smart grill and chrome surround complementing the additional chrome highlights around the front fogs and windows. Refreshingly restrained and yet distinctive amongst the competition.
The Lounge Edition on test displays excellent value for money including a Uconnect 5” touchscreen DAB Radio with Bluetooth®, audio streaming, voice recognition, SMS reader, USB and AUX ports and a TomTom Live* navigation system. The touchscreen also allows you to check your fuel savings, eco-performance and service status which is essential to get the most from your car as you can adapt your own driving to maximise fuel efficiency.
And then there’s adaptive cruise control, climate control, Visibility Pack (Rain and dusk sensors and electrochromic dipping rear-view mirror), Chrome Pack (chrome window, gear lever, fog lights and grill surrounds), Rear view camera and great looking 17” alloy wheels. Don’t forget, this is a car that starts at just £12,540.
Dynamically, the Tipo provides the driver with excitement and comfort in equal measures. Fiat have also introduced additional elements of technology to enhance safety and the overall driving experience. Fiat’s Slip Regulation system (ASR) uses the brakes and engine control to optimise the traction of the hatchback, particularly on slippery roads whilst the Tipo’s Hill Holder, a feature more usually found on the current crop of SUV, helps with hill-starts by keeping the brake applied for around 2 seconds, allowing you to pull away on a gradient with no trouble.
The 1.6 MultiJet 120 hp Diesel is an impressive power plant delivering it’s full complement of horses at just 3750 rpm and 236 ft/lb of torque at a lowly 1750 rpm, all of which which combines to give you a superb response the moment you press the throttle. With peak torque available from the off, the Fiat allows you the luxury of virtually instant gratification as the power is right where you want it on the road. Overtaking is a pleasure as you’re not having to worry about selecting the correct gear and rev combination to safely pass the car in front, as this 1.6 MultiJet engine flatters you with the wide spread of power available.
The Fiat may (only) arrive with 120 bhp but the manner of the delivery is paramount as it allows the Tipo to be equally satisfying on the motorways and A roads as it is on smaller country roads. And don’t forget, this is whilst delivering up to a claimed 76.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 98 g/km.
This is a practical family car with a good size 440L boot, excellent economy, stylish looks and a spacious interior in which to spend your time and all whilst not compromising the driving experience available.
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