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Fiat Tipo review - Reliability and Safety

Good safety levels and improved reliability bode well for the Tipo

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

3.0 out of 5

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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.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

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Senior test editor

Dean has been part of the Auto Express team for more than 20 years, and has worked across nearly all departments, starting on magazine production, then moving to road tests and reviews. He's our resident van expert, but covers everything from scooters and motorbikes to supercars and consumer products.

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