Fiat Tipo (2016 – 2024) Review

Fiat Tipo (2016 – 2024) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Fiat Tipo is a no-frills compact hatchback with a good specification, but key rivals have a greater range of abilities and the hybrid version offers a compromised driving experience.

+Good value in the right specification. Decent interior space.

-Little fun to drive. Slow-witted automatic gearbox. Uninspiring design.

The Fiat Tipo is a compact hatchback that follows a template which is becoming much less common in the new car market as drivers continue to favour SUVs. The Italian offering is as straightforward as cars get, with value being the main priority. Sadly it does little to make us recommend it over rivals. Read on for our full Fiat Tipo review.

The Fiat Tipo contrasts quite markedly with the more style-conscious and popular cars in the firm’s range such as the Fiat 500, but what you get instead is more room and a good equipment offering.

All versions are fitted with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Bluetooth and DAB, alloy wheels and cruise control.

In terms of engine options, there are just two to choose from: the 1.0-litre 100PS petrol and a 1.5-litre mild hybrid petrol with 130PS paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

While the hybrid appears to be a set-up that promises economy and good performance, unfortunately the driving experience is hampered by the slow reactions of the automatic gearbox. The acceleration on offer is good, but it’s too easy to be left waiting around for the automatic to get into the right gear.

Inside, the Fiat Tipo offers a useful amount of space for both passengers and luggage. Six-foot adults will find sufficient room up front and elbow room is good too.

In the rear, legroom is sufficient to house adults too, although it is not among the best in the class. Headroom is less impressive, however, so the back is better suited to shorter adults or children. Boot space is impressive though, with 440 litres on offer with the rear seats in place.

The Fiat Tipo offers robustness rather than quality. The layout is simple and easy to understand, but feels quite dated with rows of small buttons dotted around the cabin, as well as controls on the steering wheel. Rivals like the Skoda Scala feel far better.

There’s very little in the way of colour or smart design to please the eye and although the plastics are mostly hard to the touch, they do at least feel like they could stand up to family use. Some of the buttons seem lightweight, though.

The driving experience is safe and solid but unispiring. All the major controls have a decent weight to them and it is undemanding to drive, but there is only modest feedback through the steering wheel. It is reasonably comfortable and offers adequate grip, but there is very little to get excited about.

The most recent versions of the Fiat Tipo are available only in Tipo Garmin or Tipo Cross specifications, both of which benefit from increased safety equipment. We've covered the Fiat Tipo Cross in a separate review.

Ultimately, the Fiat Tipo is not a bad choice in terms of value for money and space efficiency, but its rivals can offer all this and more for similar money.

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