Now, if you want a Fiat Tipo, a 5-door sedan or a hatchback, you have no choice, you can’t avoid SUV-style accessories as they are only available on the Cross. But this is not the only thing that has recently changed in the Italian compact range because it has also recently received a new 130 hp hybrid engine. An innovative and hybrid approach that many customers are currently praising, a cocktail that has everything to please? Not so fast! A measured test of the 5-door version.
A great little hybrid
Already, Fiat does not offer anything necessary since its system looks like a small hybrid with a 48V electric network and a block that develops 15 kW included in the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox provided by the equipment manufacturer Getrag. But, thanks to the lithium-ion battery of 0.8 kWh (about 0.5 essential), the wattée story does not work here only as an addition but allows at a very low speed, so basically in maneuver, 100% electric driving. From a strict accounting point of view, this procedure is acceptable. Weighing only 1,380 kg to bring it to life, it offers satisfactory performance in acceleration and quiet passing thanks to taking a ton (6.8 seconds from 80 to 120 km/h in Park). Even the sensitivity is there. Indeed, compared to the 3-cylinder turbo 1.0 100 hp measured by us, the difference is anecdotal (- 0.2 l / 100 km on average) and 6.8 l on average is not impressive. But the presentation holds up well. Alas, not a diagnosis.
Very disappointing box
If you drive mainly in the city, skip your turn! Spreading jolts like Obelix donuts, This Italian makes you angry quickly. In question, the box that is not only lacks smoothness but is also very slow. And when it’s not him handling you, the engine takes care of it. Every cut or restart of 4 cylinders is accompanied by a jolt. Logically, a person suffers a little from this lack of manners once he left the city, but the feeling of confusion prevails. Especially since this Tipo is not a bad car. In fact, it does not specifically refer to a decrease in softness. But this Italian has a quieter and more powerful road behavior than the Sandero, all served by a more pleasant direction.
It also provides more space on board by accommodating the rear seats while dissolving more cargo (400 dm3, or 100 more according to our measurements). And Tipo provides access to the equipment that his chosen Romanian rival is denied, but if it does not do better on the presentation side with a more pathetic situation because it has no color and, above all, no higher quality, the fault of other equipment and. conventions.
Above all, beyond the lack of mechanical approval, this Tipo Cross Hybrid has no tax control. Priced from €24,990 thanks to a €2,000 discount offered online, it’s as expensive as the Suzuki Vitara Hybrid with admittedly less-than-perfect but more satisfying technology. And if the Renault Clio E-Tech is less crowded, it is more attractive and efficient while being sold at an affordable price (from €22,350).