Fiat Tipo review

Category: Family car

Section: Performance & drive

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The Fiat Tipo's lack of engine choice is great news if you're indecisive, although it's going to rule you out if, for example, you cover lots of miles and want a diesel for maximum efficiency.

For the most part, the 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol does the job well enough. While the Tipo never feels particularly brisk, its 0-62mph time of 11.8sec (12.0sec for the Cross version) is competitive with the 1.0 Kia Ceed and other rivals.

For a family car that's fun to drive through corners, you'll be better off looking at the Ford Focus. The Tipo is fine in terms of body lean, but it's not as responsive to inputs and is less keen to change direction. That's mostly down to the steering – it's precise enough for you to confidently place the car in corners, it doesn’t have the immediacy of the Focus or Ceed.

Fiat gives you two driving modes to choose from, Normal and City. In Normal, the steering feels keen to return to the straight-ahead position, unlike in the smoother Volkswagen Golf. City reduces this effect by making the steering feel lighter, which also helps when you're parking.

The Tipo doesn’t have a particularly smooth ride, and is much harsher over potholes and speed bumps at low speeds than either the Vauxhall Astra or Golf. It's unsettled motorway speeds, which can get irritating after a while.

You’ll also find that there’s far too much wind noise around the windscreen pillars at 70mph. That’s made slightly worse if you opt for the non-hybrid engine because the five-speed manual gearbox sits at fairly high revs at speed (most rivals with manual boxes have six gears).

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