AT A GLANCE

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

$26,000 drive-away

WARRANTY

3 years/150,000km

CAPPED SER­VIC­ING

$1335 for 3 years

SERVICE IN­TER­VAL

12 months/15,000km

SAFETY

7 airbags, 5 stars (est)

1.4-litre 4-cyl, 74kW/131Nm

EN­GINE TRANS­MIS­SION

6-speed man, 5-speed auto; FWD 6.1L/100km 3571mm (L), 1627mm (W), 1488mm (H), 2300mm (WB) 973kg Space-saver

THIRST DI­MEN­SIONS

WEIGHT SPARE WHAT IT’S GOT

Pride of place goes to a new five-inch touch­screen fea­tur­ing handy Ucon­nect in­fo­tain­ment setup, in­clud­ing nav­i­ga­tion, dig­i­tal ra­dio, voice recog­ni­tion and text mes­sage reader for com­pat­i­ble phones.

WHAT IT HASN’T

No reach ad­just­ment for steer­ing wheel. No cruise con­trol, which might be a deal breaker. No rear-view cam­era or auto stop-start.

OWN­ER­SHIP

Doesn’t use much fuel but at $1335 for three years it’s not ex­actly cheap to service (a Corolla costs $840). But the Fiat is a pur­chase driven by pas­sion, not a de­ci­sion driven by cost.

WHAT WE LIKED

Lots of char­ac­ter. The man­ual is fun to drive, with a rorty ex­haust note. Plenty of ways to cus­tomise the car, with 13 paint colours and 10 in­te­rior op­tions.

WHAT WE DIDN’T

Seats aren’t sup­port­ive. Lim­ited vi­sion through small rear win­dow. Re­mem­ber to duck your head get­ting in and out or you’ll bump it on the curved door open­ing.

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