Features include Electronic traction control, Brake assist system, Stability controlsystem, Rear radar-type parking distance sensors, Air conditioning, Cruise control, Alloy and leather multi-function steering wheel with tilt adjustment and telescopic adjustment, Audio system with touch screen ; radio receives AM/FM, digital and RDS colour screen, Six speakers, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Touchscreen Radio, Bluetooth, USB, Aux-in and DAB, and much more.
Diesel 76.3 combined MPG
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If you're after a family hatchback that's strong on value, practicality and standard equipment, then the Fiat Tipo could well be for you. Call now to arrange for test drive.
CO2: 98 g/km
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Drivers airbag, passengers airbag with de-activation switch, Height adjustable seat belt with pre-tensioners on drivers seat and front passenger seat, Isofix preparation, Central door locking: Operated by remote Includes dead bolt, Body colour power door mirrors, Power steering: type speed proportional.
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|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Series:||Easy Plus|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||15E|
|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:||3|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||62|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||25|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||N|
|Service Interval Mileage:||N|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||999999|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||N|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||N|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||79.5|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||80.5|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||8|
|EC Combined (mpg):||58.9|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||67.3|
|EC Urban (mpg):||50.4|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||10.3|
|Engine Power - BHP:||120|
|Engine Power - KW:||88|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3750|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||236|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||32.6|
|Engine Torque - NM:||320|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||NEDC Correlated|
|Tyre Size Front:||205/55 R16|
|Tyre Size Rear:||205/55 R16|
|Tyre Size Spare:||FULL SIZE|
|Wheel Type:||16" ALLOY|
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|Width (including mirrors):||N|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||50|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1895|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||550|
|Max. Loading Weight:||430|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1500|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||10.9|
Fiat plays the value card with this spacious family hatch-based Tipo Station Wagon estate. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.
Fiat's Tipo Station Wagon offers a sensible, spacious and affordable option to rationally-orientated buyers looking for a compact yet spacious five-door estate in the Focus-class segment. If you're not troubled by badge equity and don't need irrelevant niceties of design, it might actually be well worth a look.
If you're expecting that from this point, we're going to go on to tell you that Fiat has marshalled all its firepower into creating a definitively dynamic Focus, Golf or Astra estate rival, then you might need to manage your expectations a little. This car comes instead from a project the Italian conglomerate has jointly funded with the Tofas manufacturing firm in Turkey to create a simply-structured, low cost family model for developing markets in the Middle East and Africa. Selected European countries get it too, ours being one of them. That doesn't mean that this can't be a very credible contender in the 'C'-segment estate category though. After all, it shares the same engineware and high-strength modular steel platform that already feature in highly regarded FCA Group products like the Jeep Renegade and the Fiat 500L. You get the same kind of infotainment technology too, yet the simple structure and low-cost manufacturing concept mean that Fiat can sell you a Tipo Station Wagon for thousands less than most competing brands will charge for a car in this class.
The Tipo Station Wagon's road going 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. Which means that in almost every regard, this Tipo delivers most of what you need and not much of what you don't. On the 'what you'll need' side lie a frugal pair of MultiJet diesel engines, a 95bhp 1.3-litre unit and a 120bhp 1.6-litre powerplant, which is the one you'll need if you want Fiat's dual-clutch DCT automatic gearbox as an option.. If you simply must have petrol power, there's an entry-level 95bhp 1.4-litre unit, a 120bhp 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo option and a 1.6-litre E-Torq variant that can only be ordered with an old-tech torque converter auto gearbox. Whatever your choice in engines, you'll find that on the move the Tipo's suspension is troubled only by really poor surfaces and body roll is well controlled through the bends. There's also a neat 'City' button that lightens the steering for parking.
This Station Wagon estate bodystyle is more distinctive than its five-door hatch stablemate, but neither derivation is particularly recognisable as a Fiat. Perhaps that's the idea. What's important is that there's plenty of room in the back - 550-litres to be exact. And you can make the most of the space thanks to what Fiat calls its 'Cargo Magic Space', a rather silly name for something actually quite conventional - a height-adjustable load platform floor. There's room beneath it to store the extendable load cover but otherwise, most of the room beneath the floor is taken up by the spare wheel: you get a space-saver one on the hatch but a full-sized wheel with this Station Wagon. There are side partitions you can remove to increase the width of the loading area, plus there are two bag hooks, a 12v socket and four load-retaining brackets too. Push the rear seatbacks forward and on this Station Wagon variant, you begin to appreciate the benefit of this bodystyle's extra 20cms of exterior length. Buyers have the faff of having to fold forward the seatbases , but at least having done that, you get yourself the almost completely flat loading area that the hatch model lacks, in this case one that can carry items of up to 1.8m in length.
The Tipo Station Wagon, we're told by Fiat, offers you 'more car for less money'. Does it? Let's analyse the value proposition in a little more detail to find out. Prices for this car sit in the £14,000 to £21,000 bracket - that means a £1,000 premium over the alternative five-door hatchback bodystyle. In other words, you can save thousands over the cost of obvious sector competitors. The trim line-up is pretty easy to get a handle on - 'Easy', 'Easy Plus', S-Design and the top 'Lounge' level we're trying here, with a £1,000 price walk-up between each. Fiat's finance deals are tempting too. There are two basic power levels in the range. At the foot of the range, 95bhp output gives you the choice of 1.4-litre petrol power or a 1.3-litre MultiJet desel. Alternatively, if you can stretch up to at least £15,000, 120bhp gives you the choice of either a 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol unit or the 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel we're trying here. In each case, the premium to go from petrol to diesel power is a not-insubstantial £2,000. The only other engine on offer is Fiat's rather inefficient 1.6-litre E-Torq 110bhp petrol unit that's priced mid-way between the 120bhp engine variants and comes only mated to an old-tech torque-converter auto gearbox. We can't really see why you'd choose it. If you want a more modern automatic gearbox with a sensible set of efficiency stats, you'll have to have the 1.6-litre diesel unit and pay a £1,000 premium for Fiat's DCT self-shifter.
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. The petrol engines are way off that. The 1.4-litre T-Jet unit manages 47.1mpg and 139g/km. While the 1.6 ETORQ unit only gets 44.8mpg and 147g/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.
This isn't the Focus-sized compact estate that the magazines and so-called 'experts' will tell you to buy. But they're not the ones signing the cheque. Doing that may well leave you viewing this segment in a rather different light. A Focus Estate is good to drive but has quite a small boot. A Golf has a nice image but is very over-priced. And almost every other contender in this class costs more than perhaps it should do. Here's an exception. And in summary? Well in some ways, this modern Tipo shares much in concept with the Eighties original. Like that model, it's a global car built in Turkey, uses modular front-driven architecture and prioritises plenty of interior space. The difference this time round though, lies in the simplicity of Fiat's approach - which wouldn't work if this car was priced directly against its main rivals. But that isn't the case. The bottom line is that if you're looking for the best car in this segment, then this isn't it. If you're looking for the best value choice in the class though, it might well be.
Fiat has 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.
Fiat is back in the family hatch segment with 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 and diesel engines and hatch and estate bodystyles that are exceptionally spacious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr Gordon Murray - 30/05/2018, owner of a Fiat Tipo 1.4 T-Jet  Easy Plus 5dr
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Mr Ryszard Kuoikowicz - 23/04/2018, owner of a Fiat Tipo Station Wagon 1.6 Multijet Lounge 5dr
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Mr Keith Patterson - 17/01/2017, owner of a Fiat Tipo SW 1.4 T-Jet  Lounge 5dr - 2016
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