Fiat’s new Tipo is a five-door hatchback and estate which is more affordable than its main rivals, yet keeps pace with them through smart good looks, capable engines and excellent build quality.
Chic Italian styling makes the Tipo stand out in the small family car segment. The chiselled bonnet, roof, and wings give the car a lean look, and narrow headlamps either side of a wide upper grille create an aggressive expression.
Inside there are brushed aluminium accents on the dashboard, gearstick housing and steering wheel, which stand out against the durable dark mouldings. A simple trio of dials and row of buttons on the centre stack sit below a touchscreen display for an uncluttered appearance. The uncomplicated dashboard arrangement helps you to relax at the wheel as the Tipo’s functions can be controlled effortlessly. Towards the back, the roofline doesn’t compromise on space as taller passengers can comfortably sit behind the driver.
A choice of four engines give the Tipo ample power and help it to be a top performer for fuel efficiency. Up to 70.6mpg combined is possible from the most efficient unit. The two diesel options come from Fiat’s Multijet II range, starting with the 94bhp 1.3-litre engine that emits a clean 98g/km of CO2. A bigger 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel offers extra muscle in the engine bay, while the petrols are 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre in size.
This highly affordable hatchback/estate delivers superb value for money through the level of equipment that is fitted as standard. The primary infotainment system is Fiat’s Uconnect interface which uses a five-inch colour touchscreen display. Music can be streamed wirelessly via Bluetooth®, or external devices can be connected through the USB or auxiliary ports. Bluetooth® telephone pairing is also possible, so you can take calls hands-free as you drive. Steering wheel controls make everything safer to operate, and the options list offers even more, such as TomTom satellite navigation.
The new Tipo will be a rewarding alternative to long-standing members of the hatchback and estate classes when it goes on sale at Sturgess Fiat soon. When it does, view our special offers and used Tipo stock to find a money-saving option.