Fiat Tipo review - Reliability and Safety
Good safety levels and improved reliability bode well for the Tipo
The Fiat Tipo was given a four-star Euro NCAP rating for the car’s safety when it was tested in 2016, but that was only with the optional Safety Pack added. However, the car's percentage scores are reasonable.
As the Tipo sells in relatively low numbers, it doesn't tend to appear in our Driver Power survey. Fiat finished a credible 15th out of 30 manufacturers in 2019, with reliability - an historical Fiat bugbear - now being one of the higher rated aspects of Fiat ownership. What lets the side down are the company's below-par infotainment systems and limited storage on board - although that's unlikely to be an issue with the Tipo.
The Fiat Tipo comes with an industry-standard three-year new car warranty, which is on a par with its rivals. That means any issues that crop up in the important first part of ownership will be covered, although be aware that the first two years are manufacturer-covered and the final year will be dealer-covered, with a mileage limit of up to 60,000 miles.
Usefully, the warranty comes with breakdown cover for the same amount of time - not that we're saying that you're going to need it if you buy a Tipo, as Fiat's reputation for reliability has improved in recent years.
Fiat's aftersales service is provided by its Mopar sub division. Buy a Tipo, and Fiat offers some attractive maintenance packages at very reasonable prices. For example, you can get a standard Easy Care servicing package for around £400 normally, but Fiat will half the cost if you take the service package when you buy your car.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Fiat Tipo comes as a compact hatch or SW estate, and it's easy to drive, offers decent space and is good value for money
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe strong diesels and quiet petrols are good units, but the Tipo isn’t as much fun to drive as some rivals
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsDecent economy from diesel engines goes well with the low starting price
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Tipo features a disappointingly dull design and a dated-looking interior
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceA big boot and decent legroom mean the Tipo is a practical car
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingGood safety levels and improved reliability bode well for the Tipo