Fresh look and a new colour for Fiat Tipo

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS - Ed­ward STEPHENS

IT’S amaz­ing how the in­tro­duc­tion of a par­tic­u­lar colour can add a new di­men­sion to a car’s ap­peal. With the launch of the S-de­sign ver­sion of the Fiat Tipo the Ital­ian car maker also in­tro­duced the new Street Grey colour, which some­how has the abil­ity to dra­mat­i­cally in­crease the kerb ap­peal of this at­trac­tive fam­ily hatch­back.

Ad­mit­tedly it’s not nec­es­sar­ily a colour that ap­peals to every­one - my neigh­bour some­what dis­parag­ingly called it bat­tle­ship grey - but it’s cer­tainly a colour which makes peo­ple take a sec­ond glance.

But it’s not just the new colour that makes the S-de­sign stand out from the rest of the Tipo range.

This lat­est vari­ant adds Bixenon head­lights, 18-inch di­a­mond cut al­loy wheels, tinted rear side win­dows and body coloured door han­dles, not to men­tion a new look grille.

Changes to the in­side in­clude new style Techno leather and ribbed fab­ric seat­ing - which holds you firmly in place on tight cor­ners - and the ad­di­tion of a high-res­o­lu­tion seven-inch touch screen for the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem.

But for all the changes it’s the value for money and spa­cious in­te­rior which tend to ap­peal most to fam­ily buy­ers.

At just a whisker over £18,000 the Tipo S- De­sign is hard to beat for a car of this size which of­fers gen­er­ous five pas­sen­ger seat­ing and is im­pres­sive when it comes to com­fort.

For­wards and back­ward ad­just­ment of the driver’s seat has to be done man­u­ally but the back­rest op­er­ates elec­tri­cally so you can get the per­fect an­gle.

Lug­gage space too is gen­er­ous thanks to a very deep boot area which can ac­com­mo­date some 440 litres of suit­cases or gro­cery although the deep lip can be a lit­tle awk­ward when lift­ing in heavy loads.

It’s a car which is not lack­ing on crea­ture com­fort, with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, DAB ra­dio and a multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel all part of the pack­age.

A but­ton on that wheel also al­lows you to use the voice recog­ni­tion sys­tem for nu­mer­ous on-board func­tions from tem­per­a­ture con­trol to chang­ing the ra­dio sta­tion.

Pow­ered by a 1.2-litre, 120 bhp petrol en­gine the Tipo S-de­sign of­fers good pulling power and rea­son­able ac­cel­er­a­tion, hit­ting 62 miles per hour in a re­spectable 9.6 sec­onds.

The ride is good if a lit­tle firm and the steer­ing too tends to be a lit­tle on the heavy side but there is no prob­lem when it comes to park­ing in tight spots.

One touch of a but­ton on the dash­board brings into play Fiat’s fa­mous City Park­ing sys­tem which light­ens ev­ery­thing up, al­most al­low­ing you to spin the wheel us­ing just two fin­gers.

The new look Tipo S-de­sign does what Fiat does be­stof­fers space, sen­si­ble run­ning costs and plenty of on-board kit at a fig­ure to ap­peal to price-savvy buy­ers.

Fiat Tipo S-de­sign.

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