Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
  • Cabin doesn’t break any new ground
  • All controls are logically placed and easy to use
  • Some plastics feel on the cheap side

Chances are that if you remember the original Fiat Tipo from the late 1980s, its futuristic digital dashboard will stick in your mind. The latest car to wear the Tipo badge isn’t anywhere near as bold.

As with the Tipo’s exterior, its cabin looks fine, rather than notably stylish. There’s little wow factor about either the way it looks or feels.

Sure, everything works as you’d expect and is laid out in a fashion akin to most others in the segment. The 7.0-inch Uconnect multimedia system works fine although we suspect the smaller five-incher might be a tad more tricky to use on the move.

All the instrumentation is clear – if a little plain – although the speed readout in the central display screen has a whiff of 1980s video game about its 3D font.

Overall, it just feels a little on the inexpensive side, which given its price, isn’t a surprise. Just don’t expect VW Golf levels of fit and finish to avoid disappointment.

  • Fiat claims to have produced a very comfortable car…
  • …but it doesn’t set new class standards
  • At least the cabin is spacious

Bold claims have been made about how brilliantly comfortable the Fiat Tipo is, but it doesn’t manage to deliver to such a high degree.

Certainly, it’s far from uncomfortable, but drive the Tipo along sections of badly surfaced road (of which there are many in the UK) and while the initial rut is dealt with reasonably well, the Fiat takes a long time to regain its composure.

The variable-rate dampers seemingly still tackling the previous bump while the springs are dealing with the current one.

Regardless, it makes a change from the jarring ride quality experienced in other hatchbacks that put you on first-name terms with your osteopath.

The Tipo’s cabin is capacious, with plenty of shoulder and legroom in the front and back – a six-foot-tall rear passenger won’t struggle to get their legs behind a driver of the same stature.

Fiat claims to have made strides with headroom, too: the roof height is raised on the outside – the headlining in the front scalloped out to maximise the benefit – while the rear roof height is less tapered than many rivals. This should boost headroom in the back but the improvement is marginal due to the higher-set rear seat.

Cabin quality is decent – especially for the low price – but you won’t find vast acreage of the dashboard formed from squidgy plastics. The upper panel has a small degree of ‘give’ in it but it doesn’t feel as upmarket as a Golf’s cabin.