Reviewed: the new Fiat Tipo

Fiat Tipo 2016

Fiat has made the first addition to its range of new vehicles in 2016, with the all-new Tipo small family car. This model, and its expected pricing, signals the manufacturer’s intention to take on ‘cheap car’ rival Dacia.

Drivers are sure to be tempted by both the practicality and the budget pricing for the Tipo. It will arrive in the UK as a competitor to such models as the ŠKODA Rapid, Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf, giving Fiat a lot to live up to – fortunately, it looks more than capable of satisfying the manufacturer’s ambitions.

The hatchback and estate models have the same sleek, tapered front, with the muscular bonnet, wide front grille and prominent headlights contributing to an elegant look that belies the Tipo’s low price. Equipment fitted inside the European version of the car gives us some clues as to the UK specification. Bluetooth®, cruise control, and Uconnect on a five-inch touchscreen are all likely to come as standard in the Tipo.

Fiat fans will also recognise the steering wheel and some of the switches and controls from the classic 500 model. Engines are similarly carried over from other Fiat cars. The 118bhp 1.6-litre Multijet diesel should feel familiar. As new, the Tipo will give customers the choice between two diesel engines and two naturally-aspirated petrol options.

A tentative September 2016 launch is something value-conscious motorists should look forward to. Prices for the estate and hatchback have yet to be confirmed by Fiat.

Check back for more details on the new Fiat Tipo as they’re revealed. An early glimpse of the cars will be seen at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. You can also explore the Fiat car range at Johnsons in Solihull.

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