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Frugal Fiat Tipo fit for fleet drivers

  • Economical diesel makes for a great company car
  • We run through the costs for business drivers
  • Top-spec Lounge trim is well-specified

The Fiat Tipo is a lesser-known alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus.

But, with an efficient 1.6-litre Multijet diesel under the bonnet and a low price, it could be a savvy company car alternative to the usual crowd of five-door hatchbacks.

What are the core figures?

This version of the Tipo – a 1.6-litre Multijet diesel in top-spec Lounge spec – will appeal to company car drivers for two reasons: it’s the most economical version in the range and comes with the most kit.

It sits in the 19% BIK tax bracket, meaning costs work out favourably at £57 per month for 20% tax payers.

Also, with claimed fuel economy of 76.3mpg and a claimed range of over 800 miles, it’s ideal for drivers racking the miles up on long motorway journeys.

What else is good for business drivers?

For this car’s £17,995 list price, it comes with enough kit to keep a company car driver occupied and heading in the right direction, including:

• 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav

DAB radio

Climate control

Cruise control

• Automatic lights and wipers

• 17-inch alloy wheels

• Reversing camera

The only issues we have are that the sat-nav screen is very small if you want to take a cursory glance on the move, and the reversing camera is prone to picking up grime incredibly easily.

While the diesel engine is efficient and economical, it’s also punchy and refined, making longer journeys relaxed and stress-free. Visibility is good and there’s plenty of space in the cabin, too.

Verdict

The Tipo isn’t the most exciting small hatch on sale, nor is it the highest quality or best to drive. However, if all you’re going to be doing is pounding the motorway, it’ll do it comfortably, quietly and efficiently.

To read more about how the Tipo drives, click here to read our road test.

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