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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The Stilo is a roomy car at rock-bottom prices

Against It has no image and is dull to drive

Verdict Rivals do it all so much better

Go for… 1.2 Activ

Avoid… 2.4 Abarth

Fiat Stilo Hatchback
  • 1. Watch that the car tracks correctly, because Stilos can pull to one side and wear their tyres unevenly
  • 2. Gearbox failures are the most expensive of the car's (several) known problems
  • 3. Go for the five-door model because it rides more smoothly, as well as being roomier and much more practical
  • 4. Head gaskets can blow on 1.2 petrol engines, particularly if coolant changes are left longer than the recommended three years
  • 5. Water can leak into the boot, but it's hard to work out where it's coming from and to fix the problem
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