Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5
  • Wide car, wide interior
  • But it’s not space-efficient
  • Robust, hardwearing feel

How much space is there?

For most markets around the world the Fiat Tipo represents a very typical family car, and a good one at that. It’s got roomy front seats with a lot of space around the driver and passenger, and a wide rear bench that comfortably fits two adults or three children. Access is good, too, though the Tipo Cross has the edge because the ride height brings the driver’s seat up to a level most people don’t have to drop down, or climb up to.

There are generous door bins, and a roomy central box and glovebox storage – plus a couple of cupholders, but the bulbous dashboard and girthy A-pillars make the car feel less airy than rivals. It looks far more substantial than alternatives from Skoda or Dacia, but at the same time feels ‘bulky’ rather than ‘overengineered’. Still – it’s a sensible design, and it meets the needs of a variety of countries rather than being tailored to just European or British tastes.

Boot space and storage

For the price, you won’t find many cars that offer the boot space of the Tipo. It’s not class-leading for the size of the car, but for the entry-level price? That’s a different matter – you get a lot of car for your money here. There’s not much fancy going on, but all the basics are covered – a 440-litre boot with a relatively high lip and a deep well, meaning your shopping won’t tumble out, 60:40 split folding rear seats, and an electric boot release on the key.

Fiat don’t give a volume for the boot space with seats folded, but based on the extra room liberated in the estate it should be around 1,300 litres, albeit with a sloped section for the seat backs; there’s no false floor/hidden space. Instead, under the boot floor is a proper spare wheel and tool kit, and a dense foam organiser tray which will happily secure things such as reflective jackets or disposable gloves.

Unlike some budget models, the Tipo’s loading lip is trimmed with robust plastic, and the overall boot height and width is practical, with a large opening. What it lacks in clever touches, it makes up for by just being straightforward.

Is it easy to park?

As a budget model the Tipo doesn’t have all the latest parking gadgets, but it’s got reversing sensors, good-sized mirrors and is easy to place on the road. Choose the Tipo Cross and you get a reversing camera with guide lines, also included on the Tipo Life specification, and front parking sensors as well.

Safety

  • Tipo’s far from class-leading
  • Tested in 2016, would not fare well now
  • Plenty of airbags, strong body

A low Euro NCAP score does not necessarily reflect an unsafe car, but in the case of the Tipo it does reveal a below-average performance. Tested in 2016 – before standards were upgraded to the current levels – the Tipo achieved three stars partly as the safety tech was optional at the time.

Read more: Euro NCAP – safe cars, zero stars

With the safety pack, it achieved four stars, and on the current Tipo range, that’s standard – with active lane keeping, adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking all present and effective, and the only option being the addition of blind-spot monitoring on the Tipo Cross.

Weaker areas include protection for older children in booster seats, and chest protection for adults despite the presence of six airbags. Isofix points are provided in the outer rear seats, and it’s an easy car to put children in thanks to the high seats and wide-opening doors.

While the Tipo’s performance is fair, if safety is your priority you will want to look to newer designs of car where a more recent three- or four-star result indicates much better protection and tech and tougher testing standards.

Watch the Fiat Tipo hatchback Euro NCAP crash test

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Fiat Tipo Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

City Life equipment

City Life standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
City Life optional equipment
None available

City Sport equipment

City Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
City Sport optional equipment
None available

Easy equipment

Easy standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Easy optional equipment
None available

Easy Plus equipment

Easy Plus standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Easy Plus optional equipment
None available

Elite equipment

Elite standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Elite optional equipment
  • Electric mirrors

Life equipment

Life standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Life optional equipment
None available

Lounge equipment

Lounge standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Lounge optional equipment
None available

Lounge More equipment

Lounge More standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Lounge More optional equipment
None available

Mirror equipment

Mirror standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Mirror optional equipment
None available

Mirror More equipment

Mirror More standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Mirror More optional equipment
None available

S Design equipment

S Design standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
S Design optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels

S Design More equipment

S Design More standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
S Design More optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Sport optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels

Sport More equipment

Sport More standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
Sport More optional equipment
None available

Street equipment

Street standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Street optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The Fiat Tipo Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

3 star rating
Test 2016
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 82%
Child Occupant: 60%
Vulnerable Road Users: 62%
Safety Assist: 57%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.