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2009 Fiat Stilo
Fiat Stilo
Fiat
aka Fiat Stilo Multiwagon
Production 2001-2007
Class Family Hatchback
Body Style Three-door hatchback
Five-door hatchback
Five-door Multiwagon
Length Three-door - 4182 mm
Width 1784 mm
Height 1475 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Weight Three-door Dynamic - 1285 kg
Transmission Five- or six-speed manual
5-speed semi-automatic
Engine 1,242 cc four-cylinder petrol
1,368 cc four-cylinder petrol
1,600 cc four-cylinder petrol
1,800 cc four-cylinder petrol
2,400 cc five-cylinder petrol
1.9 JTD diesel
1.9 JTD 16v diesel
Power 1.2 - 80hp
1.3 - 95hp
1.6 - 103hp
1.8 - 133hp
2.4 - 170hp
1.9 JTD - 115-130hp
1.9 JTD 16v - 150hp
Similar Ford Focus
SEAT Leon
Citroen C4
Volkswagen Golf
Peugeot 307
Designer Peter Fassbender

The Fiat Stilo was introduced in 2001 as a replacement for the successful Bravo and Brava models and Fiat's entry into the popular 'Family Hatchback' class. The Stilo was designed from the ground up, and was predicted to be the new volume seller which would carry Fiat into the 21st Century.

The Stilo is available in three-door, five-door and Multiwagon variants, with a variety of engines and models geared either towards economy or performance. Boasting high equipment levels, average fuel economy and excellent safety features, the Stilo was one of the company's best selling models before the arrival of the Fiat Nuova Panda and most recently Fiat Grande Punto. More recently, however the Stilo looks dated, both from an engineering perspective and in the design department. The Stilo will be replaced in the summer of 2007 by the Brava.

2007 Fiat StiloEdit

As the Stilo is being replaced soon, in major markets such as Great Britain Fiat has dramatically slimmed down the model range. Gone are the five-door and Multiwagon variants, along with a large number of engines - only the 1.4 petrol and 1.9 MultiJet diesels are available, in Active Sport and Sporting trim only. However, the smaller model range has also received some minor tweaking, namely a change to the styling of the grill and front bumper and a complete modification of the colour charts which corresponds to new fabrics and colours being available for the interior. Other minor tweaks for the interior comprise of the relocation of switchgear to make the cabin more ergonomic.

The 2007 Model Year also marked the arrival of the Stilo Blue, a limited edition model with a whole host of options offered as standard. Designed to generate sales and clear stocks, the Blue is sold with the archaic 1.4 litre petrol engine, New Orleans Blue paint and 17-inch alloy wheels. Interior specification includes CD player and electric windows and mirrors.

Recent ChangesEdit

  • For 2009, the Stilo, whose exterior styling has been much maligned as being "anodyne", receives a more aggressive facelift front and rear. [1]
  • Before 2007, the Stilo range had remained rather stagnant since launch. Previous modifications occurred in 2004, when the slow and thirsty 1.2 litre engine was dropped and replaced with the 1.4 petrol unit from the Fiat Punto - although slightly more sprightly, the fact remained that the Stilo was disappointingly slow.
  • In 2005, Fiat UK unveiled a number of special editions, many of which traded upon the link with the super-successful Ferrari Formula One team. The year saw both the Michael Schumacher and Schumacher GP launched as limited editions, the latter more promising due to chassis modifications by British chassis gurus Prodrive. Other special editions included the X-Box, painted in black with a boundary-of-taste pushing green trimmed interior.

Styles and Major OptionsEdit

The 2007 Model Year Stilo is available in only three-door format, in only three trim levels. These are the Blue, Active Sport and Sporting.

The Stilo BlueEdit

A Limited Edition model, the Blue is tasked with seeing the Stilo out of European sales charts. Despite buyers being limited to the 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, the Blue offers generous equipment levels, and benefits from the recent range modifications. The Blue is what Fiat think epitomises the typical British Stilo - sales statistics show that New Orleans Blue, which the car is supplied soley in, is the most popular colour, and many Stilos leave Fiat dealers on the 17-inch alloys which are standard on the Blue.

Inside, the Blue benefits from the recently-added 'Inox' patterned cloth.

The Stilo Active SportEdit

The Active Sport has equipment levels similar to the Blue, with the added choice of exterior paint colour. Again limited to the 1.4 litre engine, the Active Sport does at least benefit from the entire options list - which is not very expansive seeing as the model is due to be replaced. Standard equipment for the Active Sport includes metallic paint and air conditioning.

The interior remains the 'Inox' cloth.

The Stilo SportingEdit

The Sporting is the current top of the range. The engine choice is limited to the 1.9 16v MultiJet diesel, but being top of the range, the car has a massive spec sheet - 17-inch alloys, full leather interior, automatic air conditioning and a body styling kit are standard fare. The diesel engine develops 150bhp, and is the most powerful engine in the current range - and certainly the most torquey, at 225 lb/ft. This replaces the older 115bhp/120bhp 8 valve versions.

Previous versions of the Sporting model were more adventurous, with the 5-cylinder 2.4 litre engine and the sequential Selespeed gearbox - both of which were sadly dropped. More interesting is the options lists of previous versions - they featured such gems as 'keyless go' and even a radar controlled cruise control system, which was dropped after it caused 'unwanted interference'.

PricingEdit

Stilo Trims

Blue

Active Sport

Sporting

MSRP

£10014

£11276

£14741

Fuel EconomyEdit

Engine

1.4 16v Petrol

1.9 MultiJet Diesel

MPG

43.4 mpg

53.3 mpg

ReliabilityEdit

Reliability is the Fiat Stilo's weaker points. The car was rushed out at a time when the Fiat management was in turmoil, with workers' unions rebelling and market shares in free fall. Thus, corners in the car's development were cut, and the end product shows - in a recent customer satisfaction survey polled by BBC TopGear, the Fiat Stilo scored only one out of five stars for both electrical and engine/gearbox reliability.

Overall satisfaction of ownership appeared quite poor indeed - the fit and finish was awarded two stars, customer car only one, and ownership costs two out of five. In the survey, the Fiat Stilo finished in 154th place from 159 cars.

SafetyEdit

EuroNCAP rate the Fiat Stilo as a four-star car - which is the average rating for the family segment. The rating breaks down into the following:

  • Front Impact test - 11 points, 69%.
  • Side Impact test - 15 points, 83%.
  • Child Protection - 37 points, 76% - four stars for child protection.
  • Pedestrian Protection - 8 points, 22% - one star for pedestrian protection.
  • Overall - four-stars, from five.

The Stilo tested by EuroNCAP was a five-door, left-hand drive version, and the test results were obtained by a re-test. The modified car (which was on general sale) featured a strengthened pedal box, body frame structure, fascia beam and and installment of an energy absorbing element behind the fascia and rear doors.

PhotosEdit

ColorsEdit

Exterior Colors
Metallic Colors Solid Colors
Dub Azure   Rumba Red  
Techno Grey   Ambient White  
New Orleans Blue  
Glam Rock Sand  

Main CompetitorsEdit

The Fiat Stilo, at its peak, went head to head with the European Ford Focus and contemporary competition from the Volkswagen Golf, Peugeot 307 and SEAT Leon. The Stilo was as good as the similarly-aged generations of the aforementioned competition, but all of the cars have been renewed recently, leaving the Stilo trailing way behind the competition.

The Multiwagon variant of the Stilo has no real price competition, but size-wise is a match for the Audi A3 Sportback.

Hybrid ModelsEdit

No hybrid versions of the Stilo were ever produced, but in terms of economy the Stilo can beat the Toyota Prius in the miles-per-gallon stakes.

Unique AttributesEdit

Resale ValuesEdit

CriticismsEdit

WorldwideEdit

A different version of the Stilo is built for the South American market, launched in 2003. The South American Stilo is available only in five-door format, and was originally given the 1.8 petrol and 1.9 JTD engines. The range mimicked the European one, with the launch of an Abarth and Schumacher models in 2005, but the most recent addition to the range is an engine which can run on a mixture of petrol and ethanol produced from sugar cane crops - this renewable fuel powers about a half of Brazil's transport alone.

In 2007, the range is to be revamped, with a new petrol engine which will be produced in Argentina and a facelift. The South American Stilo will not be replaced by the Fiat Brava, apart from in Chile and Venezuela.

Design quirks and odditiesEdit

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

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