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3.2 out of 5 3.2
Parkers overall rating: 3.2 out of 5 3.2

The Tipo is a sensible, good-value family hatch

Fiat Tipo Hatchback (16 on) - rated 3.2 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £14,840 - £20,710
Lease from new From £189 per month
Used price £5,045 - £11,890
Used monthly cost £126 - £297
Fuel Economy 32.8 - 53.3 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £160
Insurance group 6 - 16 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Spacious interior
  • Lots of equipment
  • Represents good value
  • Refined, frugal diesel

CONS

  • Unexciting to drive
  • Not especially quick
  • Interior quality
  • Dated media system

Fiat Tipo Hatchback rivals

Written by Tom Goodlad, Senior Reviewer on

With cars like the Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf regularly featuring in the top sales and registrations charts in the UK, not offering some kind of practical family hatchback would be a mistake for many car companies. As such, the Fiat Tipo is the Italian brand’s offering, taking on the cars mentioned above, as well as a huge number of other hatches such as the Skoda Octavia, SEAT Leon, Hyundai i30, Kia Ceed, Peugeot 308 and Mazda 3.

If you think you’ve seen the Tipo name already, that’s because it previously saw service on a hatch from the 1980s, switching to the Bravo name in more recent years. The Italian brand’s got a habit of dusting off previously used nameplates from its back catalogue – witness the Fiat 124 Spider as another example – but the one and only previous generation of Tipo disappeared from pricelists back in 1995. Fiat also provides a Tipo Station Wagon estate, while a four-door Tipo saloon is also available on the Continent.

Fiat Tipo interior majors on comfort and space

Disappointingly, the Fiat Tipo lacks much in the way of Italian brio. It’s a relatively ‘safe’ design that doesn’t make much attempt to stand out from the crowd, and despite a smattering of interesting detailing – the headlights, grille and bodyside creasing, for instance – it nevertheless blends in with the plethora of generic European hatchbacks on sale.

There’s plenty of space once aboard the Tipo, including a welcome 440-litre boot, which makes it one of the roomiest in the class. Unlike its original namesake, the rear seat is designed in such a way that the central passenger position is inferior to the outer two, being narrower and firmer. This does make the outer seats more comfortable as a result.

Fiat Tipo interior

Fiat claims to have maximised the benefits of the spacious interior by making the Tipo especially comfortable to drive. While it isn’t bad, it doesn’t set new class standards in this regard. Neither, sadly, does it feel satisfyingly wieldy to pilot along winding B-roads.

Fiat Tipo MulitJet diesels economical, petrols less so

Four engines make up the Fiat Tipo’s British line-up, with one diesel and a trio of petrols. ‘Modest’ best describes their performance attributes, the whole range producing between 95hp and 120hp. The highest top speed mustered by any of them is 124mph, while the 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol’s the quickest for 0-62mph sprints at 9.6 seconds. In truth, that T-Jet motor and 1.6-litre MultiJet II diesel – both with 120hp – offer the best combinations of adequate performance and decent fuel economy. It’s also the larger 1.6-litre diesel, as opposed to the now discontinued smaller 1.3-litre edition that offers the lowest CO2 emissions.

Manual transmissions feature as standard, apart from the 1.6-litre E-Torq petrol which is exclusively available with a six-speed automatic. There’s a six-speed twin-clutch automatic – DCT in Fiatspeak – available as an option on the larger of the diesels, too.

Tipo trim levels well-appointed and good value

Five levels of Tipo trim are available - Easy, Street, Easy Plus, Lounge and S-Design, plus a special Elite specification targeting company car drivers. All Tipos come with air-con, Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio, including entry-level models. Build quality feels fine for the price, although some materials used in the cabin aren’t a match for something like a Hyundai i30 or Vauxhall Astra, let alone a VW Golf.

Fiat Tipo Hatchback rivals

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