What alternatives should I consider to a used Fiat Tipo hatchback?
This is where the Fiat Tipo struggles a bit. While it might be cheaper to buy new than its rivals, when it comes to the second-hand market the price difference isn’t great enough to justify its shortcomings against more accomplished alternatives.
For a little bit more money, you could have an example of the award-winning Seat Leon. It has a much better infotainment system, its interior is vastly superior in terms of the quality of materials used, the engine range is much more refined and it benefits from a full five-star Euro-NCAP safety rating compared with the Tipo’s three stars.
Then there’s the Vauxhall Astra, which is another car that is very good in all areas, except for perhaps excitement. It’s roomy inside, has a range of fuel-efficient engines and, again, comes with a five-star safety score. The boot isn’t quite as big as the one in the Tipo, though.
The Skoda Octavia has never had a problem with boot space and this generation is no exception. Underneath, it’s based on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf and the Seat Leon, but it’s much bigger inside. It'll cost you more to buy than the Tipo, but it’s worth it for the extra space, superior interior finish and a more modern infotainment system.