In-depth Reviews

Fiat Tipo hatchback - Reliability & safety

It’s advisable to specify your Fiat Tipo with the optional autonomous emergency braking system

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

3.0 out of 5

Fiat has never been a brand that could boast reliability among its strongest attributes, and it has slumped in our 2020 Driver Power survey, dropping eight places down the rankings to finish 23rd out of 30 manufacturers. It’s a shame that some safety equipment is optional, but the Safety Plus pack is keenly priced.

Fiat Tipo reliability

A 15th-place overall finish in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey was the strongest showing Fiat has had in recent years, but it couldn’t replicate that result in 2020. Owners are fond of the styling, ride and handling of their cars. Running costs, though, were regarded with less enthusiasm. 10.9% of Fiat owners reported their cars suffering one or more faults in the first year of ownership.

It should be stressed, though, that this feedback applies to Fiat cars on the whole – too few Tipo owners participated for the model to be featured individually.


The Tipo is a reasonably safe car in standard guise, scoring three out of five stars when originally assessed by Euro NCAP. Its 82% adult occupant rating is strong, although it’s disappointing to see it only managed a 60% score for child occupant protection.

Euro NCAP judges the Tipo in a more favourable light when it’s fitted with the autonomous emergency braking system (AEB) that’s standard on all UK specification cars. While individual scores for adult and child occupant protection remain the same with this feature fitted, the safety assist score more than doubles, from 25% to 57%, which is enough to lift the car’s overall score to four out of five stars.

You can also add a Safety Plus pack for £250, which includes a speed limiter and adaptive cruise control, although this isn’t available on the entry-level Easy model.

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