It’s the winner of Autobest “Best Buy Car 2016” award. It’s the Fiat hope to succeed in VW Golf’s segment. Now, it’s available in three body versions: sedan, hatchback and estate. Ladies and gentlemen, the Tipo family!
Its slogan says it all: “You don’t need much to get a lot”. So what exactly means “a lot”? It means solid, powerful engines, especially if we mention the top 1.4 T-Jet petrol engine and the 1.6 MultiJet II diesel engine, each of them developing 120 hp. It also means more economical engines, like the naturally-aspirated gasoline 1.4l 95 hp and 1.3l diesel, developing 95 hp and 200Nm from 1500rpm. The gasoline engines can also be ordered with optional LPG fuelling system. The engines can be coupled to either a manual transmission, or automatic dual-clutch or with torque converter. So, nobody’s left outside.
It also means two brand new bodies, a hatchback and an estate. The hatchback is 437cm long and 150cm high, meaning it’s 10cm longer and 6cm higher than VW Golf. That brings lots of benefits: a roomier cabin, where even the 1.85m people can travel confortable, a class-leading leg-room and fully-sized third seat on the rear row. More, the trunk volume is a class-leading 440 liters! The Estate version shares the same 179cm width and height but adds 20cm in length, to reach 550 liters trunk volume. It also benefits over the stepless boot to make from loading bulky packages an easy task. Inside the cabin, the compartments totalize 12 liters of volume.
Finally, it means excellent connection thanks to the Uconnect 7” live system, with touchscreen and pinch-and-swipe controls, like a tablet. It also includes a Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AUX ports, Tom-Tom 3D navi and voice recognition. It features CarPlay and Android Auto for full smartphone integration.