Silverstone Fleet Management

FIAT TIPO SALOON

1.4 Street 4dr

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Fiat's Tipo Saloon delivers third world budget value. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Background

It's always been something of an anomaly that small saloons from volume brands don't tend to sell well here. But stick a premium brand badge on the nose and things become quite different. Which is why an Audi A3 Saloon achieves reasonable numbers in our market but models like the Toyota Corolla Saloon and the Mazda3 Saloon are rarer than hen's teeth. In the face of things then, the auspices aren't particularly good for the car we look at here, the Fiat Tipo saloon. Particularly since hatch and SW estate versions of the Tipo aren't especially flying out of the showrooms. For the right kind of buyer though, this Tipo saloon might make a lot of sense. For a start, it's far cheaper than the Toyota and Mazda rival models just mentioned. And you could easily pay twice as much for premium badged four-door models like that Audi's A3 Saloon we just mentioned or the saloon version of the Mercedes A-Class. Time to take a closer look.

Driving Experience

In approaching the driving dynamics of this car, you have to appreciate the background behind it. Unlike most of its competitors, Fiat wasn't trying to produce a Golf or a Focus - or even a Peugeot 308 or Renault Megane. Here instead is a car designed primarily around the needs of buyers in developing nations who simply want to get comfortably from A to B. So there's no trick suspension for fancy ride quality, torque vectoring for classy cornering or ridiculously powerful engine options that hardly anyone will buy. Where Turin has had modern carry-over technology it can use - the engines, the modular platform, the Uconnect infotainment technology - then that's been thrown into the development mix, but the over-riding priority here has been in the creation of the best possible car for the lowest possible price. Which means that in almost every regard, this Tipo delivers most of what you need and not much of what you don't. It only comes (for our market at least) with one engine, the Turin brand's 95hp 1.4-litre FIRE petrol unit. This is one of the oldest engines the company has in current production, so it's no surprise to find that it can't be ordered with modern niceties like a stop/start system, hence a less-than-stellar set of efficiency figures. On the plus side, refinement is well up to class standards and there really isn't that much wrong with the performance - rest to 62mph in 11.8s and 113mph.

Design and Build

The Tipo was designed from the very beginning as a sedan - unlike saloon competitors that are often converted from existing hatchbacks. And you can see that from the rather neat proportions. Fiat has kept design changes over the hatch to a minimum in order to reduce production costs at the Turkish factory. But you're getting a lot of metal for your money: at 4,530mm long, this Fiat is quite a lot longer than Golf or a Focus. Take a seat up-front and you'll find the dash quite smartly designed, but it's clear that this is a budget-orientated model, with a steering wheel and some switchgear borrowed from the 500 city car. Still, it all feels of reasonable quality, even if lower down the dash and the doors, you'll find hard, scratchy plastics. There's a reasonable amount of kit though, with things like air conditioning and a 5-inch 'Uconnect' touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity. Plus there are numerous cabin compartments with a variety of shapes and capacities totalling no less than 12-litres. At the back, the sloping roofline limits your head space very slightly, but there's still space for lanky driver to sit behind another equally lofty occupant. As you'd hope from a sedan of this size, the boot is pretty big, 520-litres in size.

Market and Model

Fiat knows that it will have to price this car competitively if it's to make any real impact at all on the market and it's gone all out to do that. Just two trim levels are being offered - 'Easy' and 'Street' and both will save you well over £1,000 on equivalent versions of the Tipo hatch with the same trim - which is nice. But wait until you hear the asking prices, which start from only a fraction over £14,000 for the base 'Easy'-spec variant; you couldn't even get a very decently specified supermini for that. £500 more gets you the better-specified 'Street' version. Even at those kinds of figures, Fiat will still need to make sure that this car is very well specified - and has. All UK models come as standard with air conditioning, Bluetooth 'phone connectivity, power mirrors, a multi-function steering wheel and a DAB audio system. Plus of course there are all the usual safety systems - a full complement of twin front, side and curtain airbags, plus the usual electronic assistance for stability, traction and braking. Fiat also includes an autonomous braking system that scans the road ahead as you drive for potential colliosion hazards. If one is detected, you'll be warned. If you don't respond - or aren't able to - then the car will automatically apply braking to decrease the severity of any resulting accident. 'Street'-spec adds LED daytimne running lights, 16-inch black alloy wheels and black trim fir the mirrors and door handles.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.4-litre petrol engine fitted here is one of Fiat's oldest units, so you won't be expecting too much in terms of efficiency - and you shouldn't. The WLTP-rated CO2 figure is 129g/km. And the WLTP combined cycle fuel figure is 42.2mpg. Insurance is at least quite cheap at group 9. Finally, a word about warranties. You get two years of manufacturer cover with this car, plus a further year from the dealer. Plus there's no mileage limitation, which makes this Fiat deal better than the restricted three year/60,000 mile package you get with rival Astra, Golf and Focus models. There's also a year of roadside assistance cover, a reasonable three year paintwork warranty and an eight-year anti-perforation guarantee.

Summary

To begin with, Tipo buyers here didn't get this Saloon body style in our market, but its addition to the Fiat UK portfolio now is a useful one. Badged as 'Aegea' in Turkey where it's made, this is a car you'd criticise for its budget feel if it cost the same as market rivals like the Toyota Corolla Saloon or the Mazda3 Saloon. But it doesn't. Around £14,000 seems ridiculously little for the amount of metal you're getting here. Fiat describes the Tipo as a 'Skills, no frills' model and, sure enough, that's exactly what you get. If that's exactly what you need from a new car and you like the idea of a compact yet spacious saloon, then this one's well worth a look.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions156.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed113mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Cruise control
  • Dualdrive PAS
  • External temperature gauge
  • Rev counter
  • Stop/start system
  • TFT display screen
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • DAB Radio with Bluetooth and USB

Exterior Features

  • Adjustable headlights
  • Black door mirrors
  • Black exterior door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Dark tinted windows
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear window
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Street logo

Interior Features

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Air conditioning
  • Auxilliary 12V power socket
  • Black interior door handles
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Floor mats
  • Front head restraints
  • Front seat centre armrests
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Rear headrests
  • Seat back pockets
  • Steering wheel audio controls

Packs

  • Safety pack - Tipo

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - driver, passenger, front side and head airbags
  • ABS/EBD
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • ESP + ASR/MSR + HBA + Hill holder
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • Power door locks
  • Remote control central locking

Wheels

  • 16" black alloy wheels
  • Full size spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    129
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    156

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    SOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1368
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    84
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    8
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    41.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.4
  • Badge Power
    95
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Street
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    9E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    8
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    11.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    95
  • Engine Power - KW
    70
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    94
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    13
  • Engine Torque - NM
    127
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4500
  • Top Speed
    113

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1497
  • Length
    4532
  • Wheelbase
    2638
  • Width
    1792

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    45
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1650
  • Max. Loading Weight
    500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1200
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1150
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.9
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  • Hassle-free Process
  • Expert Advice
  • Competitive Prices
  • Full Warranties
  • Price Match Promise

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Customer Reviews

   
Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

"a month ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"2 weeks ago"

Emily Evans

Emily Evans

"I'm so impressed with the level of service that I have been provided with by both Ryan and Holly. All of my questions were answered quickly and clearly, my new car is absolutely beautiful and I can't believe how quick delivery was! Thank you so much guys! :)"

"a month ago"

Matthew Bearman

Matthew Bearman

"Can’t rate Silverstone Fleet Management Highly enough. Everyone I have spoken to has been very efficient and exceptionally helpful in finding me a great car at an fantastic price! I’ve had 2 cars from them and will be coming back in the future for more."

"2 months ago"

Paul Broomham

Paul Broomham

"The team at Silverstone have been brilliant, my journey started with Ryan who looked after me initially and provided all the quotes on different vehicles, lease lengths & mileage options he never lost interest and was always there to tweak as I needed, nothing was too much trouble. The order process was simple and I was kept up to date all the way through. Holly then picked up my account and was nothing short of amazing! She has the patience of a saint, keeping me updated on the phone, email and through the vehicle tracker all the while dealing with me and my constant questions! A few teething issues on delivery but all down to Tesla and as soon as I asked for help Holly stepped up to help get them all sorted! I would highly recommend to anyone!"

"6 months ago"

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