The journey to discover the Big Benches on board the Tipo Street and Mirror hatchbacks began in Neive, one of the top ten most beautiful villages in Italy and located in the heart of the Langhe. The Big Bench here is at a vista point in Borgata Garello and has a view of the Nebbiolo vineyards and the Barbaresco tower, but it isn’t accessible by car during the winter due to snow and mud.
The second stop was in Monforte d’Alba, along the Strada del Barolo, where the Mirror’s 120hp, 1.4L T-Jet engine was able to show off its power, light weight, low fuel consumption, and quiet, comfortable ride. The car feels stable at the wheel, and the engine’s turbo gives it remarkable acceleration. It is a family car packed with technology, featuring the Uconnect system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The hunt for Big Benches continued along the Strada del Dolcetto towards Dogliani. Here, the Tipo Street, too, passed its road test with flying colors. Designed for young drivers, this model’s strengths are its responsiveness and practicality. Its 95hp, 1.4L engine has the right combination of power and elasticity for any situation, and the Langhe hills were the perfect place to prove it. On these roads, the Street had power when it was needed and was responsive in braking, which was of equal importance here on these rolling hills.
With excellent performance and fuel consumption, it is ideal for young people with limited spending capacity. This was a factor of great importance to Fiat’s designers, who sought to create a compact vehicle with high-end style, space and comfort at a price that everyone could afford.
The two Fiat Tipo hatchbacks passed their test with flying colors and did so in two different versions. The Tipo Street featured 16” glossy black, alloy rims, privacy windows, and contrasting dark details, such as in the side mirrors, grill and door handles, while the Tipo Mirror stood out for its new Venice Blue livery, elegant chrome detailing, and 16” diamond-cut alloy rims. At the end of our journey back to our childhood in search of the Big Benches, space and comfort are the features that stood out, making the Tipo family the cars of choice for a relaxing time spent behind the wheel.