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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 7.0 - 11.0 mpp
Diesel engines 9.8 - 11.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 32.8 - 51.4 mpg
Diesel engines 48.7 - 56.5 mpg
  • Diesels are impressively frugal
  • Thirstier petrols less so…
  • Maintenance should be cheap

With a range of modestly powered petrol and diesel engines, running costs for the Fiat Tipo are never going to be high.

Unsurprisingly, diesel versions lead the way, with both the 95hp 1.3-litre and 120hp 1.6-litre MultiJet II paired with manual transmissions being the most frugal on paper, with claims of 76.3mpg for both. Specify the 1.6 with the DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox and claimed fuel economy sits at 74.3mpg.

The petrols don’t perform as well, with the 95hp 1.4 being the best performer here, returning up to 49.6mpg on the combined cycle.

Next is the 1.4-litre T-Jet claiming up to 47.1mpg, while the auto-only 1.6-litre E-Torq returns 44.8mpg.

Diesel Fiat Tipos are pleasingly low-emitting when it comes to CO2 output, with the most efficient model being the 1.6-litre MultiJet, at 98g/km.

Go for the automatic gearbox with this engine and emissions rise ever so slightly to 99g/km, which matches the lesser 1.3-litre MultiJet’s emissions figure.

The situation is quite different for the petrol side of the range, however. The 95hp 1.4 produces 132g/km, the 1.4-litre T-Jet 139g/km and the 1.6-litre E-Torq 147g/km of CO2. 

  • Two recalls for the Tipo so far
  • Nothing too significant to worry about
  • Fiat’s reliability has improved recently

The Italian marque doesn’t have the best of reputations when it comes to reliability, but many of the larger mechanical components in the Fiat Tipo’s make-up have already been seen elsewhere in the firm’s products.

There’s nothing radical or unusually advanced about the Tipo, further reducing the risk of potential problems, although its predecessor, the Fiat Bravo, was the subject of three official recalls during its lifecycle, requiring modifications to engine cooling and suspension components.

So far, the Tipo has been the subject of two recalls both relating to the car’s airbags, but these should have been fixed by Fiat if you’re looking to buy a used example.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £165
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Insurance group 6 - 16
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