The Tipo Station Wagon, we're told by Fiat, offers you 'more car for less money'. Does it? Let's analyse the value proposition in a little more detail to find out. Prices for this car sit in the £16,000 to £22,000 bracket - that means a £1,000 premium over the alternative five-door hatchback bodystyle. In other words, you can save thousands over the cost of obvious sector competitors. The trim line-up is pretty easy to get a handle on - 'Easy', 'Mirror' and the top 'Lounge' level we tried, with a £1,000 price walk-up between each. Fiat's finance deals are tempting too.
Even at the kinds of figures we're talking here, Fiat will still need to make sure that this car is very well specified - and has. All UK models come as standard with air conditioning, Bluetooth 'phone connectivity, power mirrors, a multi-function steering wheel and a DAB audio system. Plus of course there are all the usual safety systems - a full complement of twin front, side and curtain airbags, plus the usual electronic assistance for stability, traction and braking. Fiat also offers some of the latest camera-related safety aids, including lane departure warning and an autonomous braking system that scans the road ahead as you drive for potential colliosion hazards. If one is detected, you'll be warned. If you don't respond - or aren't able to - then the car will automatically apply braking to decrease the severity of any resulting accident.