What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The roomy cabin is easy to get into, and there's lots of storage space inside

Against It's neither as versatile as some of its competitors, nor as good to drive

Verdict The Idea's interior space belies its tiny dimensions, but it could be more versatile

Go for… 1.4i Dynamic

Avoid… Eleganza models

Fiat Idea Hatchback
  • 1. Equipment levels are good, but the Idea's interior quality isn't up to rivals’ standards
  • 2. Check the power steering works properly. A few faults have been reported
  • 3. Mechanically, the Idea's good. Its engines and gearboxes are from the Punto, and they're pretty sound
  • 4. Ensure that the recall work on the rear seatbelt mountings has been carried out on cars built between March and April 2004
  • 5. The petrol model has a lot in its favour. It's cheaper to buy and more refined than the diesel
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