Fiat Idea Review & Ratings
- 11 February 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Fiat Idea is a mini MPV or multi-purpose vehicle which first debuted in 2003. This car’s design was based on the Project 188 platform which was initially used for the second generation Fiat Punto. The interior of the Idea features sliding folding rear seats, making it extremely versatile by nature. There were a number of changes made to this vehicle in 2006 when certain aspects of its design underwent an overhaul, some of which included darker interior as well as a chrome grill and clear front indicators.
All of the engines that are used in the Fiat Idea are completely Euro 4 compliant. The petrol engine which this vehicle uses is a 1.4 liter 16 valve 95 PS and is available in both five and six speed gearbox varieties along with 16 valve MultiJet units with 70 PS and 69 horsepower. In 2005 the Brazilian version of Fiat’s Idea was released with numerous engines available, including a 1.4 liter 8 valve 86 horsepower Fire engine, which is the same as the one in the Grande Punto. Both of these engines are belt on flexible fuel technology, enabling the driver to use ethanol or gasoline when driving.
The Idea Adventure, which is the mini XUV version, was released in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2006. This version of the Idea includes a heavily revised suspension as well as tires which are Pirelli Scorpion 205/70 R15. Some of the other features of this Idea include 15” alloy wheels, a protective body kit, leather seats, white instruments, and double front and side airbags for additional safety. The ABS brakes with EBD are yet another example of this car’s safety features, making it a highly attractive vehicle for families as well as anyone else who values safety with their vehicle.
With side head, side body, and driver knee airbags, the Fiat Idea has been rated as one of the safest vehicles in the last decade. This vehicle’s crash test results revealed some vulnerabilities though, such as the front impact test which presented a potential hazard with regards to knee and femur injuries. The front passenger airbag on this vehicle can be disabled so as to allow a rearward facing child to be placed in the seating position, provided they are properly restrained. As a whole though, the Fiat Idea did fairly well when it comes to safety/crash tests.
This vehicle was initially conceived and designed as a response to competition from other automobile manufacturers and similar cars, such as the Vauxhall Meriva. With a sleek yet compact design and plenty of room in the interior, this vehicle has quite a bit to offer overall. It is the versatility and intelligent design of the Fiat Idea that makes it such an interesting and innovative vehicle. Those who need a car with lots of storage room but still want a compact will find that this may be the perfect option for them.
When it comes to the Idea’s overall performance, there are two different engine options to look at. Both the 1.4 petrol and the 1.3 MultiJet diesel are excellent when it comes to performance, but the petrol is definitely the superior choice with regards to this aspect. The handling of the Idea is good and it is an easy vehicle to drive, though it does tend to roll a bit around corners. While it may be true that the Fiat Idea is far from perfect in terms of performance, design, and even safety, it still has quite a bit to offer when it comes to versatility, space, and strong engines that are built to last.