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Why Lease The Tipo Cross Hatchback?

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Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback Review 2023

The Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback is an exciting addition to the Tipo lineup, and it brings a fresh and rugged design to the table. This versatile car model offers a stylish and practical choice for drivers in the UK.

Rivals to the Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback include the Renault Megane and Skoda Octavia.

Our Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback review covers:

Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback Key Features

  • SUV-like appearance while retaining a compact hatchback size
  • Interior is well-appointed with comfortable seating and a user-friendly layout
  • 440-litre boot space
  • Rage of engine options with four different engines in five power outputs
  • Two trim levels are available: Garmin Cross and Cross

Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Practicality
  • Decent Handling
  • Comfortable Interior

Cons:

  • Interior Quality
  • Engine Performance
  • Limited Engine Options:

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback stands out with its stylish and rugged design. The Tipo Cross features black plastic cladding on the lower parts of the body, which not only adds a touch of ruggedness but also provides protection against minor scrapes and bumps. It also has roof rails, contributing to its sporty and adventurous appearance. These design elements give it an SUV-like aesthetic while maintaining its compact hatchback form. Inside, the Tipo Cross offers a comfortable and well-designed cabin. The seats are supportive, and the overall layout is user-friendly. The interior design, while not the most luxurious, is practical and functional, catering to the needs of everyday driving and versatility.

Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback Exterior

The practicality of the Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback is one of its key strengths. The Tipo Cross provides ample space for both passengers and their belongings. It's a five-door hatchback, making access to the rear seats easy, and there's enough room for adults in the back.

The boot space in the Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback is particularly noteworthy. The Tipo Cross offers an impressive boot capacity, which varies depending on the configuration. With the rear seats in their upright position, you have around 440 litres of boot space. This is more than sufficient for a typical family's needs or for carrying sports equipment, luggage, or groceries. When you fold down the rear seats, the Tipo Cross provides even more space for cargo. This can be especially useful when you need to transport larger items or go on road trips with extra luggage.

Interior and Trims

Customers anticipating a quirky, retro-themed interior may find themselves underwhelmed when they step into the Fiat Tipo's cabin. The infotainment screen and instrument cluster are surrounded by a rather monotonous sea of black plastic. While the door panels are adorned with an Alcantara-like fabric, there's a noticeable presence of less refined, scratch-prone materials that contribute to a sense of cost-effectiveness compared to some of its competitors. For instance, rivals such as the Hyundai i30 boast superior materials and better overall build quality.

In its basic form, Fiat Tipo models come equipped with a traditional radio setup and lack an integrated infotainment screen. To access a more functional five-inch touchscreen, one must opt for a mid-range variant, although it's worth noting that it doesn't quite meet the standards set by some other brands. While it surpasses what Honda provides, it falls notably short of the operational speed, user-friendly menu structure, and vibrant graphics found in VW Group systems, as exemplified in the Skoda Octavia.

Two trim levels are available: Garmin Cross and Cross.

In a joint venture with tech company Garmin, the Tipo Garmin edition sports an exclusive green exterior paint finish layered on the same Cross model's off-road enhancements. This unique package comes with convenient features such as automatic air conditioning and a spacious 10.0-inch infotainment display, complemented by a smartwatch that diligently tracks your fitness metrics.

The Fiat Tipo Cross is deliberately crafted to suggest an off-road capable nature, showcasing front and rear skid plates and robust design elements. On the exterior, you'll find 17-inch alloy wheels, while the interior is equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Power and Performance

The Fiat Tipo offers a selection of four different engines, each available in various power outputs. These options include two diesel engines with 1.3 and 1.6-litre capacities, as well as petrol variants with either a 1.4 or 1.6-litre engine. While diesel engines cater to cost-conscious buyers due to their superior fuel efficiency, petrol engines offer a more refined driving experience.

The 1.3-liter diesel engine, producing 95hp, delivers modest acceleration, taking the five-door Fiat Tipo from 0 to 62mph in a rather leisurely 12 seconds. This engine operates at higher revs and is less refined, resulting in noticeable noise levels in urban areas and droning on the motorway. The five-speed gearbox feels somewhat dated and imprecise. Nonetheless, it offers decent fuel efficiency, claiming 76mpg, with relatively low CO2 emissions at 99g/km.

In contrast, the 1.6-litre diesel is notably more refined than its 1.3-litre counterpart. It's quieter and feels less unrefined, thanks in part to a smoother six-speed manual gearbox. With 120hp, it provides better performance, accelerating from 0 to 62mph in 10.1 seconds. Fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions are similar to the smaller 1.3-liter diesel (76mpg and 98g/km, respectively), but the 1.6-liter engine is the preferred choice due to its refinement.

Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback Interior

The 1.4-litre petrol engine is offered in two versions, with 95hp and a turbocharged 120hp. While it's more enjoyable to drive and quieter, it does sacrifice some fuel efficiency and has higher CO2 emissions. The 95hp model achieves around 50mpg with CO2 emissions of 132g/km. The 120hp model, at the same price point, offers a comparable 47mpg. This engine also enables the Tipo to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 9.6 seconds, a notable 2.5 seconds quicker than the 95hp version.

For those seeking a petrol-powered car with an automatic gearbox, there's the 1.6-litre non-turbo model with 110hp. However, this engine is less powerful than the 1.4-liter variant and has higher CO2 emissions at 147g/km. Fuel efficiency also takes a hit, with a claimed 45mpg.

In terms of ride quality, Fiat has made efforts to reduce external noise, vibration, and harshness throughout the Tipo's development. As a result, the car offers a comfortable cruising experience on motorways with minimal disruption from rough roads or excessive wind noise. While it may not deliver the same level of fun as a Ford Focus or the refinement of a Vauxhall Astra, the Tipo, as a more budget-friendly family hatchback, offers adequate grip in corners with limited body roll. The ride is generally comfortable, although it can feel unsettled on rough or poorly maintained roads, particularly when encountering harsh bumps. 

Overall, the Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback is a well-rounded option for drivers in the UK. Whether you're using it for daily commuting or occasional adventures, the Tipo Cross is a great leasing option.

Leasing vs Buying

The Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £27,704.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from £289.78.

If you're considering leasing a Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).

Leasing a Fiat Tipo Cross Hatchback can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.

It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest retailer. 

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