The Tipo was designed from the very beginning as a sedan - unlike saloon competitors that are often converted from existing hatchbacks. And you can see that from the rather neat proportions. Fiat has kept design changes over the hatch to a minimum in order to reduce production costs at the Turkish factory. But you're getting a lot of metal for your money: at 4,530mm long, this Fiat is quite a lot longer than Golf or a Focus.
Take a seat up-front and you'll find the dash quite smartly designed, but it's clear that this is a budget-orientated model, with a steering wheel and some switchgear borrowed from the 500 city car. Still, it all feels of reasonable quality, even if lower down the dash and the doors, you'll find hard, scratchy plastics. There's a reasonable amount of kit though, with things like air conditioning and a 5-inch 'Uconnect' touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity. Plus there are numerous cabin compartments with a variety of shapes and capacities totalling no less than 12-litres. At the back, the sloping roofline limits your head space very slightly, but there's still space for lanky driver to sit behind another equally lofty occupant. As you'd hope from a sedan of this size, the boot is pretty big, 520-litres in size.