What's the used Fiat Tipo hatchback like?
Family cars have become more refined and better equipped over recent years, but this has made them more expensive to buy. However, if you’re willing to sacrifice some refinement and you're after something practical that has a decent amount of kit and doesn’t force you to downsize into a small car, then the Fiat Tipo makes a good case for itself.
Some of the materials used in the interior feel quite cheap, with hard, scratchy plastics on the doors and centre console. The soft-touch dashboard blends seamlessly into the cheaper stuff since it uses a similar grain. Most of the switches and dials come from other Fiat cars, giving the inside a very generic look.
The same can be said for the way the Tipo drives. There’s been some laudable effort put into the suppression of suspension noise, but the ride becomes fidgety over broken surfaces despite the soft suspension. The steering is quite heavy at slow speeds (although there is a ‘city’ mode to lighten it) and it’s quite vague at higher speeds with a strong self-centring action to it that makes it feel gloopy. Wind and road noise are more noticeable at motorway speeds than in some rivals.