Next-Generation Fiat Tipo Will Arrive at Competitive Price Point
Fiat has confirmed it will be selling Tipo in the UK for £12,999 and in doing so will deliberately undercut its closest rivals on price...
Sitting in the family hatchback segment of the market, the cheapest Tipo will be more affordable than the likes of the Vauxhall Astra, making it a tempting option for those who are looking forward to the return of this stylish Italian car.
The base model at this price point comes with a 1.4 litre engine that develops a solid 94bhp. And in the cab benefits such as Bluetooth connectivity, electric windows, air conditioning and even a digital radio will be included to make it feel modern without being over-priced.
For an additional £500 on the basic asking price, Fiat will add a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation capabilities. Although whether or not this will appeal to those who are looking to save as much money as possible remains to be seen.
In addition to its hatchback format, the Tipo will also be arriving as a larger saloon model as well as a full-size estate version. But the front half of all iterations will be effectively identical, ensuring that the styling and sizing are consistent across the range.
At almost 10 centimetres longer than the VW Golf, the Tipo hatchback is built to be spacious on the inside, with Fiat claiming it is easily able to accommodate three adults on the rear row of seats without compromising on leg room for anyone. Meanwhile, the boot will swallow lots of luggage thanks to its 420-litre volume, outdoing the Astra’s 370-litre offering by a significant margin.
For the estate iteration of the Tipo, the boot grows to offer 520 litres of room, with a starting price of £13,995 expected for this model in the UK.
While some cars are marketed based on their space-age features and luxury fittings, the Tipo is definitely being sold more as a practical family car that looks good on the outside and is endowed with plenty of convenient features on the inside. Storage space in the cabin is especially impressive, with lots of compartments dotted about the place to accommodate the bits and bobs which invariably build up over time.
Going above the basic trim level to the mid-tier offering in the Tipo range will add things like 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, cruise control, electric windows all round and a steering wheel finished in leather. The flagship models add automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, larger alloys and even a rear-view camera to the mix.
The standard petrol engine can be ignored in favour of the turbo-powered T-Jet unit, which boosts the power output to 118hp and brings the 0-62mph time under 10 seconds.
Fuel efficiency should be good, with 47.1 miles to the gallon promised for the 1.4 litre T-Jet Tipo. And a 1.6 litre petrol model will also be available for those who need a little more power at the minor expense of efficiency.
1.3 and 1.6 litre MultiJet diesel engines join the Tipo range, offering a real boost to fuel economy and raising the potential miles-per-gallon figure to 76.3. Although of course with growing pressure on manufacturers to provide real-world figures on both efficiency and emissions, it is still worth taking these statistics with a pinch of salt.
By making the new Tipo so affordable, Fiat is definitely lowering the barrier of entry to this resurrected range and hoping that buyers in the UK and across Europe will be willing to give it the time of day. Dethroning established rivals such as the Vauxhall Astra may require more than a lower price tag, but it is certainly a good place to start and will set the Tipo apart upon its arrival, which is awaited with great interest.