Fiat Tipo (2016 – present) | Expert Rating


The Fiat Tipo is a medium-sized five-door hatchback and estate family car. The current generation model arrived in the UK in the summer of 2016, and was most recently updated in Spring 2022.

An update to the range in 2021 introduced a new range-topping version – the Tipo Cross – which features SUV-style bumper cladding and bigger alloy wheels.

The Tipo has received generally poor reviews from the UK motoring media, which has resulted in an overall Expert Rating of 48% as of August 2022 – which means that after the retirement of its quirky sibling the Fiat 500L, the Tipo is now rock bottom of the medium car class in our Expert Rating Index.

Of particular note is a poor three-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, when most of the class leaders have a five-star safety rating.

The Fiat Tipo has been praised for its keen pricing, good equipment levels and spaciousness. However, it has been criticised for its uninspiring driving dynamics, poor interior quality and below-par safety equipment.

The Tipo is available with a mild hybrid petrol engine, which improves fuel efficiency and (unlike most mild hybrid motors) is able to provide a very small amount of electric power to move the car under limited conditions. However, its electrical assistance is much less than that found on a regular hybrid car, which can travel some distance and at normal urban speeds on electrical power alone.

Tipo highlights

  • Value-for-money option
  • Spacious interior
  • Simple to drive
  • Rather large boot

Tipo lowlights

  • Dull driving experience
  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Poor resale values
  • Alternatives are cheaper to run

Key specifications

Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £20,175 on-road

Launched: Spring 2016
Last updated: Spring 2022
Replacement due: TBA

Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 82%
Child protection: 60%
Vulnerable road users: 62%
Safety assist: 25%

Eco rating

No eco rating

As of August 2022, the Fiat Tipo has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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As of August 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Fiat Tipo to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Tipo, we’ll publish the score here.

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