In 2016, Italian car giant, FIAT launched their new entrant into the family car market and, at the same time, revived the Tipo name, which was last seen on a new FIAT in the mid 1990s.

However, the new Tipo bears absolutely no resemblance to the model launched initially in 1988.

A lot has changed in the intervening 30 years, in terms of engineering, technology and safety, and the new Tipo was designed from the ground up with the task of offering excellent value for money.

The new FIAT Tipo is offered in three body styles: five-door hatchback, four-door saloon and five-door estate for maximum practicality.

Power is provided courtesy of 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engines (T-Jet) or 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre turbo diesels (Multi-Jet).

Depending on the engine you choose, the 0-100km/h sprint can be completed in 9.6 to 12.1 seconds.

A manual and an automatic gearbox are available in the new Tipo and a choice of solid or metallic colours complete the potential buyer’s wish-list.

All models in the new FIAT Tipo range come extremely well equipped with items such as air-conditioning, remote central locking, ABS with EBD, electric windows front and rear, electric mirrors, front armrest and 60/40 split rear seats.

Of course, they come with much more than that, such as driver’s seat height adjustment, multiple air-bags, chrome exterior door handles, body coloured bumpers and mirrors, auto-opening boot, Blue-tooth, full-size spare wheel and audio controls on the steering wheel.

The Easy specification also includes front fog lights, leather steering wheel and gear knob, cruise control, rear parking sensors, chrome grille, 5’ touchscreen with USB and AUX ports and DAB radio, 16” alloy wheels and LED daytime-running lights.

The high-spec Lounge model also comes with auto lights and wipers, automatic climate control, rear camera, auto dimming rearview mirror, chrome window surrounds and grille surround, satellite navigation and 17” alloy wheels.

However, FIAT have now added a limited edition flagship S-Design model in five-door hatchback guise, which is based on the Lounge specification but also benefits from Xenon headlights, 18” diamond-cut alloy wheels, body coloured door handles, and passenger seat height adjustment.

Further features include Techno leather seating with black fabric inserts and gloss-black door mirror casings and exterior trim.

Available with either a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol or 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine, the latest addition to the Tipo family injects a dash of sportiness to the hatchback range.

On test this week was the new FIAT Tipo five-door 1.4-litre T-Jet petrol (120bhp) model in S-Design specification, and I could not believe the excellent value for money that this car offers.

Taking design cues from FIAT’s stunning 124 Spider Roadster, the new Tipo is graced with a sporty, wide front grille, flanked by stylish narrow headlights.

The upright rear of the new Tipo hatchback provides excellent space within the car for passengers and their luggage.

The 440-litre boot can be easily extended by dropping the rear seats to reveal a fully flat floor.

FIAT’s smooth petrol engine can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 9.6-seconds, while leading to a top speed (where permitted) of 199km/h.

Fuel consumption from the petrol engine is as low as 5.0l/100km on an extra-urban driving cycle and as low as 3.3l/100km in diesel guise.

With ex-works prices starting from just €17,995, the new FIAT Tipo is a very welcome addition to the FIAT stable.

The Tipo S-Design model is priced from just €22,995 and represents terrific value for money.

For a limited time only, all FIAT Tipo diesel models are equally priced with their petrol equivalents – a saving of €1,750 – plus finance at just 3% APR and three years’ free servicing available too – based on registrations made before January 31 next.

There has never been a better time to buy a new FIAT Tipo.