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Fiat Palio Review & Ratings

Fiat Palio

The Fiat Palio is a supermini automobile made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a division of the Fiat Group. Fiat was founded in Italy in 1899 by a group of forward-thinking investors and by the year 1910, it became the largest automobile maker in Italy (a position the company still holds today). Fiat currently owns such auto brands as Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Maserati, and Jeep.

The Palio is a world car that is aimed toward customers in developing countries. A world car is basically a no-frills automobile in which all of the cars share the same platform. Cars that began their journey as world cars and became major international successes include the Model T, Toyota Corolla, and the Volkswagen Beetle. World cars are popular but must meet certain legal requirements– and even cultural preferences.

The Palio was first produced in 1996 with four different models—sedan, station wagon, pick-up truck, and hatchback, with other limited models for specific markets. The car got a redesign in 2001 with a new interior and front end.

Another redesign in 2004 saw improved safety features and a new body design. There was one more revision to the first generation Palio in 2007 that introduced a new body design and a change to the control panel display. The second generation Palio saw a new sportier design, including an electric model for Brazil.


The average cost of a Fiat Palio runs about $8,000.00 US dollars, though that can vary.

Engine Options

The second generation Palio is equipped with one of three engines—1.0L Fire Inline-4, 1.4L Fire Inline-4, and 1.6L E.torQ Inline-4.

Transmission Options

The Palio has either a 5-speed manual transmission or 5-speed semi-automatic Dualogic transmission.

Size and Space Options

The supermini is a five-door hatchback with seating capacity, for up to five passengers.

Control Panel and Display

The instrument panel is basic, but user-friendly and comes pre-fitted with fuel gauge, speedometer, and tachometer, and an AM/FM radio with CD player that is easy to use.


The Palio is a stripped-down small car that is fairly comfortable, unless you’re over six feet tall.


The Fiat Palio is available is most markets throughout the world.

Security Systems

The car has a basic anti-theft alarm system, but additional security systems may be available at additional cost.

Safety Options

Safety features offered by the car include central door and window locking, an engine immobilizer, child safety locks, three-point seatbelts, rear defogger, tubeless tires for slow deflation, and front and side airbags.

Interior Options

Interior options pre-fitted in the car include power windows, power steering, air conditioner, cloth seats, folding rear seat, cup holders, and pockets for storage.

Exterior Options

Exterior options include steel wheels, front fog lights, LED headlights and tail lights, and rear window wiper.


Available accessories include floor mats, sport trim, car cover, and rear spoiler.


The Palio is a well-built automobile made with quality materials.


The Palio is a supermini that works for small families and comes at an affordable price, though it is stripped-down and comes without some of the amenities of most cars.


The car is quite affordable. Plus, you get a good value for your dollar. The car has a measure of fuel efficiency that will save you money at the gas pump.

Our Verdict

The Fiat Palio is a bare-bones affordable car that is a good choice for young families. While it doesn’t have all of the newest safety features of other brands, the car has passed numerous safety tests. The car has what is necessary to protect you in an accident. It is a reliable automobile that, upon regular maintenance, will give you years of service.

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