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Fiat Tipo

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Summary


The Fiat Tipo is a medium-sized five-door hatchback and estate family car. The current generation model arrived in the UK in the summer of 2016, and was most recently updated in Autumn 2020.

The Tipo has received generally poor reviews from the UK motoring media, which has resulted in an overall Expert Rating of 47% as of February 2022 – that is currently the second-lowest in its class, just one point above its quirky sibling, the Fiat 500L.

Of particular note is a poor three-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, when most of the class leaders have a five-star safety rating.

The Fiat Tipo has been praised for its keen pricing, good equipment levels and spaciousness. However, it has been criticised for its uninspiring driving dynamics, poor interior quality and below-par safety equipment.

As of Spring 2022, the Tipo is available with a mild hybrid petrol engine, which improves fuel efficiency and (unlike most mild hybrid motors) is able to provide a very small amount of electric power to move the car under limited conditions. However, its electrical assistance is much less than that found on a regular hybrid car, which can travel some distance and at normal urban speeds on electrical power alone.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £17,690 on-road

Launched: Spring 2016
Last updated: Spring 2022
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: October 2016

82%

ADULT OCCUPANT

60%

CHILD OCCUPANT

62%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

25%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of February 2022, the Fiat Tipo has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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Fiat TipoThe Fiat Tipo has received generally poor media reviews, which has resulted in an Expert Rating that is currently the lowest in its class.