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Video: Fiat Tipo 1.4 Lounge Hatch and Fiat Tipo 1.6 Easy AT Sedan on test

Deon Schoeman

The Fiat Tipo brings a new dimension to the previously limited model offering of the Italian auto maker, and at face value its promise of affordability, good spec levels and value, linked to a distinctive personality, should make the Tipo an attractive alternative to the many other options in this segment. But does the brand have the lustre to attract the buyers it needs?

SPECS
Make and model: Fiat Tipo 1.4 Lounge Hatch  
Engine: In-line four-cylinder, 1 368 cc
Power: 70 kW @ 6 000 rpm
Torque: 127 Nm @ 4 500 rpm
Power-to-weight ratio: 53,73 kW/ton
Gearbox: Six-speed manual, FWD
Wheels/tyres: 17-inch alloy, 225/45 R17 tyres

PERFORMANCE
0-100 km/h: 11,5 sec
Top speed: 185 km/h
Fuel tank capacity: 45 litres
Fuel consumption (claimed): 5,7 litres/100 km
Operating range (claimed): 790 km
CO2 emissions: 141 g/km

Make and model: Fiat Tipo 1.6  Easy AT Sedan
Engine: In-line four-cylinder, 1 598 cc
Power : 81 kW @ 5 500 rpm
Torque: 152 Nm @ 4 500 rpm
Power-to-weight ratio: 62,31 kW/ton
Gearbox: Six-speed automatic, FWD
Wheels/tyres: 16-inch alloy, 205/55 R17 tyres

PERFORMANCE
0-100 km/h: 11,2 sec
Top speed: 192 km/h
Fuel tank capacity: 45 litres
Fuel consumption (claimed): 6,3 litres/100 km
Operating range (claimed): 715 km
CO2 emissions: 146 g/km

SUMMARY AND PRICING
PROS
Smart and well-equipped. Strong value.
CONS
No danger of burning rubber

Retail price
Fiat Tipo 1.4 Lounge Hatch : R289 900
Fiat Tipo 1.6 Easy AT Sedan: R294 900

RIVALS
Mazda3 Sedan 1.6 Dynamic AT: R296 700
Honda Ballade 1.5 Elegance AT: R283 200
Suzuki Baleno 1.4 GLX: R229 900
Hyundai i20 1.4 Fluid: R261 900

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