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heycar review

      Launch year
      2016
      Body type
      Estate
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Good on value, little else...

Best bits

  • Generous cabin and boot space
  • High standard specification
  • Competitive pricing

Not so great

  • Adequate driving experience
  • Cheap-feeling cabin
  • Generally poor noise levels

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Fiat Tipo SW front

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Overall verdict

"There are several things that the Tipo Station Wagon has going for it, namely its ability to  carry passengers and luggage with relative ease, the good specification levels and the competitive pricing. It also should be relatively cheap to run too, but it is not great to drive, particularly comfortable or of high quality."

Fiat Tipo SW front

First impressions of the Tipo Station Wagon are somewhat low-key. Where the Fiat 500 is instantly recognisable and has remained visually almost unchanged in more than a decade, the Tipo Station Wagon is quite conservative in its appearance. If it didn’t have a Fiat badge on the nose you’d be hard-pressed to put a name to it. Buyers of bigger cars are perhaps less interested in making a style statement, but the Tipo plays it ultra-safe.


There’s better news once you step inside. For starters, the cabin of the Tipo Station Wagon is impressively spacious. You can fit taller adults in the front and in the back with relative ease - even at the same time - and in particular headroom is good across both rows of seats. The boot space is also impressive, and is ahead of some of the key players in the class, so on a pure cash-for-space reckoning the Tipo performs well. It can’t quite match the room you get from the Skoda Octavia, but then no rival really can.


Other aspects of the cabin are a little less impressive however. The Tipo Station Wagon can’t compete with the big players in the class in terms of quality like the Volkswagen Golf, but it even lags behind the more modestly-plush competition such as the Renault Megane and Vauxhall Astra. It feels like a somewhat cheap affair, and while this is fine if you’re paying as little as possible the argument falls down on the higher specifications that are no better.


The Tipo Station Wagon has a small engine range in comparison with many of its rivals, with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. None of the options are particularly powerful, so it makes sense to choose the turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol and the 1.6-litre diesel in order to ensure adequate performance. The diesel offers the better compromise of performance and economy but is less refined than the petrol, so it is a toss-up between the two depending on your needs and wants.


In summary, the Tipo Station Wagon is spacious, well-equipped and good value, so on paper it makes a good case for itself. Unfortunately it is less compelling once you’re behind the wheel, and although you can tell yourself you’ve got a bargain there are rivals offering just as much value but with a better driving experience and more welcoming cabin.


If you don't need the estate, try our Fiat Tipo (2016-) review.


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Fiat Tipo

1.4 Easy 5dr

  • 2020
  • 200 miles
  • Stoneacre Fiat Grantham
  • Lincolnshire, NG317UH
Price:£11,195
PCP: £211.09/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £211.09, Customer Deposit: £1,679.00, Total Deposit: £1,679.25, Optional Final Payment: £4,408.08, Total Charge For Credit: £2,280.48, Total Amount Payable: £13,475.48, Representative APR: 11.3%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.81%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3.27ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Fiat Tipo

1.4 Easy Plus 5dr

  • 2017
  • 38,265 miles
  • CARZ Dundee
  • Angus, DD23QN
Price:£6,750
PCP: £115.18/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £115.18, Customer Deposit: £1,012.00, Total Deposit: £1,012.50, Optional Final Payment: £2,956.62, Total Charge For Credit: £1,250.42, Total Amount Payable: £8,000.42, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.83%, Excess Mileage Charge: 2.4ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Tipo Station Wagon right for you?

There are plenty of people who need a compact estate in their life, whether it’s for family use, load-lugging across the country or just having the flexibility of the space, and for all of them having a big load area and space for passengers is generally paramount. In this respect the Tipo Station Wagon is a worthy candidate, and the fact that it is good value for its space and is well specified is a further bonus.


However, other aspects of the Tipo’s abilities let it down somewhat. The interior is of middling quality, the engine range is adequate and the driving experience is rather lacklustre too, with neither good handling or a comfortable ride. On pure financial aspects the Tipo is competitive, but move beyond the numbers and it is behind its competitors in several key areas, making it difficult to recommend ahead of those rivals.

What's the best Tipo engine/model to choose?

If you want the quietest Tipo model and are less concerned about fuel consumption, then the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine is the one to go for. It offers reasonable performance and is not excessively thirsty either, and is the most refined on the move. With more torque from lower engine speeds the 1.6-litre diesel feels better to drive, but the downside is increased noise and vibration. However it is the most economical offering, so if you have to carry heavy loads and plan on doing big miles, it is the best engine to go for.


The standard specification of the Tipo Station Wagon is actually pretty generous, so for once there’s no shame in going for the basic version. You get things like air con, DAB and Bluetooth on the basic Easy trim, but it’s just a small step up to Easy Plus which adds welcome extras like a touchscreen, leather on the steering wheel, rear electric windows and cruise control, which makes it the most sensible choice.

What other cars are similar to the Fiat Tipo Station Wagon?

Before signing up for a Tipo you may wish to consider the multitude of alternatives that make up the compact estate segment. Ford’s Focus Estate is a better drive, Volkswagen’s Golf Estate is more expensive but is nicer inside as well as more comfortable, and the Skoda Octavia Estate is even bigger inside than the Tipo but is also more refined and close on price too.


If value is the big factor behind your decision making you could even consider the Dacia Logan MCV or Stepway, which strip out all the key essentials including a decent driving experience, but also manage to chop thousands from the list price.


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Fiat Tipo SW interior

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Fiat Tipo SW rear

Prices, versions and specification