According to the Italian manufacturer, the mid-range model combines “attractive style” with an “affordable price” of £15,050. That makes the newcomer around £500 more expensive than the entry-level ‘Easy’ variant, although that money does buy some new aesthetic upgrades.
The Easy’s 15-inch steel wheels are traded in for 16-inch black alloys, while dark trim adorns the front grille, door mirror covers and the door handles. The dark theme is continued with the tinted windows, too, and a ‘Street’ badge on the tailgate. Somewhat less dark, however, are the LED daytime running lights.
Other than that, though, the Street’s equipment list is broadly similar to that of the Easy. As with that car, you get air conditioning (albeit manual) as standard, and audio controls on the steering wheel are included, too. Cruise control is also included, as is Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB port for charging and connecting devices including phones and tablets.
If you want a little more kit, you can make merry with the options list. White is the only standard colour, but Fiat will sell you metallic paint in a broader choice of hues for £550. They’ll offer you rear parking sensors, too, if you have £300 to spend, while fog lights or a spare wheel will each cost you £175. Heated front seats and electric rear windows also feature on the options list, costing £200 and £240 respectively.
And as with most Fiats, the company will also sell you a range of Mopar accessories, including Fiat-branded chrome dust caps for the tyre valves (£24) and colourful plastic covers for the car keys (£57).
Under the bonnet, just one engine is on offer. It’s a 1.4-litre petrol engine with 94 bhp and a six-speed manual gearbox. Unsurprisingly, it isn’t especially fast, taking 12.4 seconds to get from a standstill to 62 mph before hitting a top speed of 113 mph. According to the new WLTP emissions and economy test, meanwhile, it will return 36.7 mpg and emit carbon dioxide at a rate of 149 g per kilometre. For company car drivers, that means benefit-in-kind tax for a standard-rate taxpayer in 2019/20 will stand at 33 percent.
The Tipo Street is available to order now, and Fiat is offering customers zero-percent APR finance deals on all Tipo models until March 31.