Fiat’s new Tipo is at Westover Fiat Poole and Salisbury and lead the brand in an exciting new direction. The family five-door will be available as a hatchback and estate to go up against Ford’s Focus and the SEAT Leon. Space will be a major strength of the model, while its rewarding running costs should rival the leaders in the segment. Prices start from £12,995.
The Tipo is based on the firm’s Aegea saloon which shares the same look. A contoured bonnet leads down to a wide radiator grille and narrow headlamps which sit over front fog lights and a second mesh grille. Folds on the doors, roof and tailgate give the model a sculpted look. At 4.5 metres long and 1.78 metres wide the Tipo provides plenty of room for the five passengers it is capable of carrying.
Official images of the cabin show dark leather-trimmed upholstery and brushed aluminium accents for the steering wheel, dashboard and gear stick housing. The centre console is well organised with a simple trio of dials beneath a row of buttons. A colour display is integrated with the dashboard for control of all other functions, and behind the wheel is a digital TFT display between conventional speedometer and tachometer dials.
You will have a choice between four engines – two Multijet II diesels and two petrols – which generate power between 94bhp and 118bhp. Fuel economy as high as 70.6 mpg combined has been revealed by Fiat which should mean pleasingly low CO2 figures as well. That is good news for private buyers who expect running costs as affordable as the car’s low retail price. Businesses may also be persuaded to consider the Italian creation rather than more costly alternatives that currently dominate the fleet market.
The same standard safety technology fitted to current Fiat models will no doubt find its way into the Tipo, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). Front fog lights are a no-cost fixture for the body, and a six airbag system will protect everyone inside the cabin.
Uconnect, Fiat’s excellent infotainment system, will keep buyers of every Tipo entertained. The manufacturer recently unveiled Uconnect 8.4 Nav as an upgrade to the previous system, and it will offer Apple CarPlay plus Android Auto for the first time. The built-in Bluetooth® interface and any devices connected via USB and auxiliary input will be operated via the touchscreen or controls on the steering wheel.