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  • Launched in 2016
  • Small hatch
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2016
  • Body type
    Small hatch
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Family hatchback for supermini money

Best bits

  • Decent cabin space and a big boot
  • Should be cheap to insure
  • Very, very, very cheap to buy

Not so great

  • Feels very, very, very cheap inside
  • Not great on infotainment and safety kit
  • Mediocre to drive

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Overall verdict

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"They say that ‘you pays your money and you takes your choice’. The thing is, what if your priority is to pay as little money as possible, and you don’t give a flying Fiat about the quality of what that money gets you? Well, dear friends, that’s where the Tipo comes in."

 Fiat Tipo Front

In a similar mould to the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra with which we’re all familiar, the Tipo is a compact family hatchback with ample interior space and a big boot. It comes with a range of petrol and diesel engines, and while its styling is nothing out of the ordinary, it looks smart enough compared with rivals.


The difference is, though, that this car is cheap. We mean really, really cheap. Even brand new, prices start at a little over fifteen grand, and because it also happens to have catastrophic resale values, there are even bigger savings to be made on the used market. Even other ‘budget’ offerings like the Skoda Scala or Vauxhall Astra can’t be picked up this cheaply.


Now, unfortunately, we don’t live in a world where you get something for nothing, so there are prices to pay for such a low price tag. The interior is short on quality - in terms of both its materials and its assembly - while the more basic versions do without some fairly important items of standard equipment, a half-decent infotainment system being the most notable absentee. 


The only has four Euro NCAP stars (out of five), while the engines on offer aren’t very economical and are merely mediocre on performance and refinement. In fact, the driving experience is pretty mediocre all round, with a slightly unsettled ride and stodgy handling.


The thing is, though, that with the majority of these shortcomings, they only really become a problem when you start comparing the Tipo with other cars. Yes, it struggles in most areas compared with rivals but judged in isolation then none of it is stuff that you couldn’t put up with, especially if you’re looking to spend as little as possible. So while the Tipo is far from being the best car of its type, there’s certainly a place for it.

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Fiat Tipo

1.4 S Design 5dr

  • 2020
  • 31 miles
  • Stoneacre Abarth, Fiat Chesterfield
  • Derbyshire, S419AJ
Price:£13,491
PCP: £258.91/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £258.91, Customer Deposit: £2,023.00, Total Deposit: £2,023.65, Optional Final Payment: £5,125.09, Total Charge For Credit: £2,719.59, Total Amount Payable: £16,210.59, Representative APR: 11.3%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.81%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3.73ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Fiat Tipo

1.3 Multijet Lounge 5dr

  • 2018
  • 22,012 miles
  • Snows Fiat Southampton
  • Hampshire, SO150LP
Price:£7,902
PCP: £141.49/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £141.49, Customer Deposit: £1,185.00, Total Deposit: £1,185.30, Optional Final Payment: £3,192.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,427.45, Total Amount Payable: £9,329.45, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.42%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Fiat Tipo right for you?

Are you one of those people who look upon their car as nothing more than an appliance? Are you one of those people who is thoroughly unconcerned by notions of classiness or image, and who takes little to no pleasure in the mundane business of driving? Are you simply looking for transport to get you where you’re going without killing you, annoying you or breaking down every couple of miles?


And do you want to pay as little money as humanly possible to get it? Well, if the answer to all those questions is a resounding yes, then welcome to your next car, the Fiat Tipo.


Yes, in every tangible area, the Tipo trails most of its rivals, and by a long way in many cases. However, it’s much, much cheaper than any of them and, judged in isolation, however, it’s capable transport with lots of interior space and a big boot, and everything else, you can probably put up with. If you need more space, there's an estate version - the Fiat Tipo SW.

What’s the best Fiat Tipo model/engine to choose?

On both the engine range and the trim range, Fiat seemed to chop and change every five minutes, so it was pretty hard to keep up with what was available when. We do have a few recommendations, though. One of the engines that was omnipresent throughout the car’s life is also the one you want, and that’s the 1.4 T-Jet turbocharged petrol with 120PS. In truth. The 1.6 diesel makes the Tipo slightly nicer to drive, but that version is way too pricey to recommend, as the Tipo is at its best when you keep things cheap.


If you’re going for an early car, Easy Plus trim is the one you want for the best balance of kit and cost, but if you can afford a later car, then Mirror trim and upwards got a better infotainment system with Apple Carplay/Android Auto.

What other cars are similar to the Fiat Tipo?

As one of the UK’s most popular types of car, there are more choices of family hatchback than you could shake a stick at. The Tipo sits at the most affordable end of the spectrum, though, so there aren’t many rivals that can get anywhere near it on cost. 


Depending on what vintage of Tipo you’re looking at, Skoda would’ve had a rival in the form of either the Rapid Spaceback or the Scala, and the Vauxhall Astra is another affordable choice. So are the Kia Ceed and Hyundai i30, and these choices come with the added incentive of extremely generous (and fully transferable) warranties.

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 Fiat Tipo Interior

On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

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