The Fiat Tipo is living under the radar. You’re not crazy about a lot about and you see they (still) not very much drive. But after extensive testing, we can say that in its entirety is not justified. The Tipo is a very nice car.
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The character of the Tipo is similar to that of the Panda: no excessive frills, but just a good car that does what it should do. And this orientation, you can find actually everywhere. To start with, in the appearance: the Tipo is not a very striking car that to get your attention and screams. But if you take the time to make him look good, find a nice, elegant and balanced lines.
A modern nose without frivolous to want to be and a neat rear with a beautiful curved tail lights. We were of Fiat’s Design as a glossy black grille, dark privacy glass in the rear and door handles in body color. That color existed on our testauto, indeed, from the popular full gray color with the beautiful name Grigio Metropoli.
The interior of the Tipo protrudes well into each other, also here without the flashy. A freestanding infotainment system with all the modern pleasures and with navigation of TomTom, which is also what tolerance requires. In contrast to the rest of the operation is not always intuitive.
Clear clear counters, handlebars with all controls and nice round buttons for the air conditioning, everything in a logical and easily accessible place. The beautiful chairs are pretty good, though she was reasonably flat. For a little more comfort, they would back tilted may be, but we must honestly say, even after long distances experienced we no pain. So it is probably the flatness of the chair is a matter of taste.
Our test Tipo was equipped with the 1.4 T-Jet petrol with 120 hp and 215 Nm. And here comes that character back around the corner to look: the block is doing well without imposing. A top speed of 200 and from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 9,6 seconds, excellent performance.
Especially because with the turbo there early and you’re so lazy you can drive. Over the six-speed manual we were very pleased. Very smooth and yet tight you put all six of the gear in, that also have a good relationship.
That the Tipo is made by the same company as one of the best front wheel drive cars, namely the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, is sure to notice. The handling is above average and offers an excellent combination between comfort and sportiness, with the Tipo something less sporty and slightly more comfortable than the Giulietta.
Both high and low speeds, it is a great pleasure turns to send in, which you long grip continues to hold until he is quiet on his front wheels slip. And also under very cold conditions will remain the Fiat calm and peaceful.
The Fiat Tipo is ‘just’ a good car with a modest character. But who a little bit longer looking and start driving, notes that his? appearance is beautiful, especially in the S-Design version, that the interior is perfectly put together, that the drive does what it should do and that the road handling above average. And it is precisely this combination of do not want more than he is, but secretly stoneware, the Fiat Tipo in our eyes such a fine car.
Fiat Tipo 1.4 T-Jet S-Design:
Engine: 1.368 cc 4-cylinder petrol with turbo
Power: 120 hp at 5.000 rpm
Torque: 215 Nm at 2,500 rpm
Transmission: transmission 6 gears
Drive: front wheels
Top speed: 200 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9,6 seconds
Weight for road tax: 1.250 kilos
An average of specified fuel consumption: 6.0 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 139 g/km
Energy Rating: E
Uitstootniveau: Euro 6
Base price (kerb): 19.995,- euro
Price testauto (kerb): 29.755,- euro