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Fiat Tipo hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

Running costs for the Fiat Tipo petrol engines disappoint

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.5 out of 5

Fiat Tipo MPG & CO2

The diesel model is by some distance the cheapest to run, returning just over 50mpg for the manual and just under for automatic models. This is reasonable, but a diesel Ford Focus or Honda Civic will manage at least 60mpg. CO2 emissions range from 117 to 123g/km depending on the gearbox and wheels fitted, which leads to a high Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax bracket, and the petrol models are in even more expensive brackets.

Lower-mileage motorists might prefer the petrol models, although, again, rivals will be cheaper to run. The cheapest 94bhp 1.4-litre returns just 36.7mpg on average (about the same as some 300bhp hot hatchbacks), with high CO2 emissions of 149g/km. The 118bhp turbocharged version is similarly thirsty, returning 37.2mpg and emitting CO2 at a rate of between 160 and 164g/km. The 118bhp version is costlier to buy and not offered on the lesser trims, but you might feel it’s worth the upgrade as it’s faster and slightly more economical.

Warranty

All UK Fiats are covered by a three-year warranty, which has no mileage limit in the first two years, but continues for a third year as long as you don’t exceed 100,000 miles. That’s a more generous warranty than those offered by Ford, Vauxhall or any of the Volkswagen Group brands, but still some way behind the five-year/unlimited-mileage cover you get on a Hyundai, five-year/100,000-mile policy offered by Toyota or class-leading seven-year/100,000-mile cover you get with every Kia.

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