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Driving report Fiat Tipo (2016): What can the new Dacia competitor do?

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Driving report Fiat Tipo (2016)
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T usually starts with the technical data for new car models The foreground is the price of the Fiat Tipo that is now being presented: Fiat names the really low base price of 12,500 euros for the 4.54 meter long four-door model, which is available with petrol and diesel engines from 95 to 120 hp. p>

Spacious interior in the Fiat Tipo

The new Tipo, manufactured in Bursa, Turkey, initially offers enough space: five adults can sit comfortably in it, And they don't even have to be particularly narrow and small: with 93.4 centimeters of legroom on the well-padded rear seat, the rear passengers with the front seat backrests do not come into the enclosure even if a 1.88 meter man is seated behind the valance.

Nine storage boxes in the cockpit offer a total of 12 liters of storage space for the small things of everyday life such as sunglasses and wallet, and the trunk of the notchback sedan is 520 liters, which is very acceptable for luggage. Fiat wants to offer three body variants of the new Tipo: the notchback version tested here, a hatchback sedan and, from September 2016, also a station wagon. Even a variant with a longer wheelbase (2.98 meters instead of 2.64 meters) is being planned.

Two petrol and two Diesel at the start

The entry-level engine starts with a 1.4-liter petrol engine that develops 95 hp at 6,000 rpm. This means that the Tipo 16V should reach 100 km /h in 11.5 seconds and a top speed of 185 km /h. The next stage is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 110 hp. The Euro 6 diesels with the multi-jet injection invented by Fiat and variable turbocharger geometry draw 95 hp from 1.3 liters and 120 hp from 1.6 liters.

The larger diesel driven here was developed Its maximum torque of 320 Newton meters already at 1,750 /min, which predestines it for cool cruising at low revs, but when accelerating with enough punch enables quick intermediate sprints. The six-speed gearbox, which can be shifted precisely with relatively short shift travel, fits in well with the characteristics of the diesel engine, and the rather stiff instead of too soft chassis whets the appetite for country roads with curves of any radius.

The new Fiat Tipo steers and brakes good

notonly the drive train scored points on the first test drive: the electrically assisted power steering and the brakes also gave no cause for complaint. A detailed test later has to determine where its limits are. The effective insulation of the body absorbs the driving, rolling and wind noise except for a small amount, and with a Cd value of 0.29, the Fiat designers are also doing aerodynamically well.

There will be three equipment lines offered for the Tipo. The base and the middle steps offer a black dashboard made of grained plastic as well as fabric seats and door panels in gray /black or beige /black. The top version replaces the fabric with environmentally friendly eco-leather, the steering wheel is covered with techno-leather.

The Tipo can also integrate smart phones

The entertainment system in the new Tipo comes in three Levels supplied: Uconnect Radio offers only an LCD display and a Bluetooth controlled hands-free system; Uconnect 5 inches also includes a touchscreen and DAB radio, can integrate smartphones and offers, among other things, an SMS read-out function; The top version of the Uconnect 5 Zoll Nav also has a TomTom navigation system and, with six loudspeakers with 220 watts of music output, creates a disco atmosphere on request.

The Tipo equipment with safety and assistance systems is equivalent to digging deep into the box with the useful abbreviations: There are up to six airbags, ABS with electronic brake force distribution, fog lights with cornering light function, tire Air pressure monitoring, parking sensors, reversing camera, cruise control, anti-slip control ASR, traction control TCS, brake assistant PBA, trailer stability control TCS, hill start aid HSA, engine drag torque control MSR and even the electronic rollover avoidance ERM.

Conclusion

With the new Tipo, a new competitor will enter the compact class from June 2016, which at first glance hardly shows any major deficits, neither in style nor technically. If the basic equipment of the basic model is a bit sparse, for example in the area of ​​infotainment, it is precisely this reluctance that gives rise to the immense advantage of the Bravo successor: its tough calculated price, which should make it more attractive to many buyers than a little additional Chichi and Froufrou electronics . In this country, hatchback sedans and station wagons in particular could meet with interest.

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