Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 7" Touchscreen with satellite navigation with LIVE services, DAB Radio, bluetooth and USB
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Cruise control
  • Dualdrive PAS
  • External temperature gauge
  • Parkview rear parking camera
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Rev counter
  • Stop/start system
  • Trip computer

Exterior Features

  • Adjustable headlights
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Black bezel around headlights
  • Black surround rear view mirror
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Dark tinted glass
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable painted door mirrors with defrosting / external temperature sensor
  • Gloss black bumper inserts
  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Gloss black front fog light surround
  • Gloss black grille with gloss black surround
  • Gloss black side window surround
  • Heated rear window
  • LED daytime running lights

Interior Features

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Automatic climate control
  • Auxilliary 12V power socket
  • Black headliner
  • Black interior rear view mirror
  • Black Interior roof handles
  • Cloth/Techno leather upholstery
  • Driver's electric adjustable lumbar support
  • Floor mats
  • Front armrest
  • Gloss black gear gaiter surround
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Seat back pockets
  • Third rear headrest

Entertainment

  • Steering wheel audio controls

Packs

  • Safety pack - Tipo
  • Visibility pack - Tipo

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - driver, passenger, front side and head airbags
  • ABS/EBD
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • ESP + ASR/MSR + HBA + Hill holder
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • Power door locks
  • Remote control central locking

Wheels

  • 18" diamond cut alloy wheels

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

138

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

SOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1368

Compression Ratio

11.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

72

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

84

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

8

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

General

Badge Engine CC

1.4

Badge Power

95

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

S Design

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

8

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

82

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

60

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

4

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

62

NCAP Safety Assist %

57

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

Service Interval Mileage

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

12.4

Engine Power - BHP

95

Engine Power - KW

70

Engine Power - RPM

6000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

94

Engine Torque - MKG

13

Engine Torque - NM

127

Engine Torque - RPM

4500

Top Speed

113

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1495

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4368

Wheelbase

2638

Width

1792

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1770

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

440

Max. Loading Weight

500

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1500

Minimum Kerbweight

1270

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.9

On The Road

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

Fiat knows it has an awful lot of ground to make up in this segment. Is this Tipo the car to do it? It certainly offers a more competitive proposition in this sector than anything the brand has been able to offer for a very long time. And it can be put together in its Turkish factory very cheaply, allowing UK Fiat dealers to offer value pricing and tempting deals, yet at the same time, include lots of equipment for the money. No, it's not going to appeal to someone who would otherwise be buying a Volkswagen Golf. Or even, perhaps, a comparable Mazda3 or Honda Civic. But then here, you're not going to be paying the sort of inflated prices that tend to be attached to those kinds of cars. If you were looking at more affordable models in this sector, say, a Kia cee'd, a Citroen C4 or a Nissan Pulsar, we definitely think you should include the Tipo in your deliberations. And it's a long time since we've been able to say that about any kind of Fiat in this class.

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 new model also wears a 'Tipo' badge.

Driving Experience

The smart styling won't disguise the fact that this is unlikely to be the sharpest handling car in its sector, but when we get to drive one, we expect it to be close enough to the class leaders to satisfy most potential buyers. The engine range includes five options in total. There are two turbo diesel units - a 1.3-litre MultiJet II producing 95bhp and 200Nm and a 1.6-litre MultiJet II with an output of 120bhp 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 95bhp and 125Nm, then moves on to a 1.4 turbo petrol variant with 120hp and 206Nm. The alternative 1.6-litre e-TorQ engine produces 110bhp and 152Nm and is combined exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Design and Build

Like its predecessor, this Tipo hatchback promises to be 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.

Market and Model

Fiat knows that it will have to price this car competitively if it's to make any real impact at all on the Focus, Astra and Golf-dominated family hatch segment. So prices start at around £13,000 for the hatch, with a premium of around £1,000 for the Station Wagon estate. That means it can significantly undercut Focus prices and will be hugely cheaper than a comparable Golf. Fiat's targets here will be value-orientated platers in this class like Nissan's Pulsar, Kia's cee'd, Citroen's C4 and Hyundai's i30. Even at the kinds of figures we're talking here, Fiat will still need to make sure that this car is very well specified - and has. All UK models come as standard with air conditioning, Bluetooth 'phone connectivity, power mirrors, a multi-function steering wheel and a DAB audio system. Plus of course there are all the usual safety systems - a full complement of twin front, side and curtain airbags, plus the usual electronic assistance for stability, traction and braking. Fiat also offers some of the latest camera-related safety aids, including lane departure warning and an autonomous braking system that scans the road ahead as you drive for potential colliosion hazards. If one is detected, you'll be warned. If you don't respond - or aren't able to - then the car will automatically apply braking to decrease the severity of any resulting accident.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.6 litre turbo diesel engine, fitted with second-generation MultiJet technology and variable geometry turbocharger, delivers impressive fuel efficiency and low emissions. On the official combined test cycle, the Tipo 1.6 MultiJet II 120hp returns 76.3mpg and produces just 98g/km of CO2emissions. With the 1.3-litre MultiJet unit, the returns are pretty much the same. Go for the base 1.4-litre 95bhp engine and you're looking at 49.6mpg and 132g/km. Finally, a word about warranties. You get two years of manufacturer cover with this car, plus a further year from the dealer. Plus there's no mileage limitation, which makes this Fiat deal better than the restricted three year/60,000 mile package you get with rival Astra, Golf and Focus models. There's also a year of roadside assistance cover, a reasonable three year paintwork warranty and an eight-year anti-perforation guarantee.