The 1.6 petrol has just 118bhp so it doesn't feel particularly quick, and a lack of pulling power means it has to be revved hard. Fiat's 133bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine has an extra 121lb ft of muscle, so it is a much better option, but it's pricey to buy.
Fiat Sedici 4x4 ride & handling
The Sedici handles with surprising poise and control, considering its high stance. Grip is plentiful even in the two-wheel-drive model, and the other cars' automatic four-wheel-drive function provides yet more traction once wheel-slip is detected. The road ride is firm yet comfortable at any speed, and the Sedici is remarkably capable off-road, coping easily with steep, muddy inclines.
Fiat Sedici 4x4 refinement
Tyre noise is well contained at speed, and the car suffers from very little suspension clatter. Wind can be heard buffeting the windscreen pillars at speed, though. By far the biggest intrusion is the noise from the petrol engine. A loud and continual drone is heard at 70mph, and acceleration of any sort requires a downshift, increasing engine noise even further.