The Tipo destined for the UK is actually the second model to result from something called Project Egea, a Fiat-Chrysler/Tofas initiative intended to produce an affordable family saloon, hatchback and estate for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The three-box saloon – known as the Fiat Egea in Turkey – was unveiled at the Istanbul motor show last year and replaced the Fiat Linea (itself a car co-developed with Tofas).
The two-box hatchback and estate are to be produced primarily for France, Italy and the UK and in all markets will succeed the Bravo – a model Fiat quietly deleted in 2014.
Unsurprisingly, the conventional platform gets an equally conventional suspension set-up, featuring MacPherson struts at the front and a rear torsion beam, while a fairly unremarkable 1295kg claimed kerb weight was rendered plausible on our scales, with our test car weighing in at 1379kg full of fuel.
The engine line-up is familiar, too. The five options are divided into three petrol and two diesel: a 94bhp 1.4-litre petrol, a 118bhp 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo petrol and a 108bhp 1.6-litre e-TorQ petrol twinned exclusively with a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The oil-burners are a 94bhp 1.3-litre Multijet II and the larger 1.6-litre variant tested here.
The range-topping four-cylinder diesel – already featured in the 500L – develops 118bhp and 236lb ft, the latter available from 1750rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but as an option the engine can be had with Fiat’s new DCT dual-clutch automatic. Both variants deliver sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.