Fiat Stilo Review & Ratings
- 22 April 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Fiat Stilo is a small family car produced by Fiat Automobiles from 2001 to 2010. Fiat is an Italian automaker founded in 1899 and is a subsidiary of Fiat Group Automobiles. Fiat has had a long and successful history in the automobile industry, predominantly in Europe, though many of their models are available worldwide.
The Stilo received high safety ratings and has had a noticeable presence in auto racing, though some critics and customers thought the car looked too German and bland. The car has also been praised for its grip, handling, and braking. There were a few models produced, including a 3-door and 5-door hatchback and a wagon.
There were many trims available in the UK and the Stilo was the first car in the world to use Column-Drive Electric Power-Assisted Steering. At one point the Stilo had a radar-guided cruise control option that included sensors in the front and rear bumpers, but it was eventually scrapped. Over the course of its lifetime the Stilo suffered from poor sales and that led to the company’s decision to end production in 2010.
Used, pre-owned Stilos can run anywhere from $2,400.00 to $18,000.00 US dollars, depending on model year, mileage, and condition.
Over the years of its production, the Stilo came with a variety of engines. They include 1.2L Fire Inline-4 petrol, 1.4L Fire Inline-4 petrol, 1.6L Inline-4 petrol, 1.6L Ecotec Inline-4 petrol, 1.8L Inline-4 petrol, 2.4L Inline-5 petrol, 1.9L JTD Inline-4 diesel, and 1.9L Multijet Inline-4 diesel.
The transmissions included a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, and 5-speed semi-automatic.
Size and Space Options
The Stilo is a small car with seating for two in the 3-door model, seating for five in the five-door model, and seating for five in the wagon. The car had a bit of a tight fit.
Control Panel and Display
The driver’s display is a clean and basic one, with fuel gauge, tachometer, speedometer, and audio system controls.
The Stilo has front and rear seat armrests, air conditioning, fold-down tray tables in the rear, adjustable driver’s seat, and cloth seats. The back of the five-door hatchback is a tight squeeze.
The Stilo was widely available throughout Europe and South America. Pre-owned cars are still widely available.
The Stilo came with a standard anti-theft alarm system and remote keyless entry.
Safety features include three-point seatbelts, driver’s and passenger airbag, side airbags, integrated child seats, navigation and information systems, anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, remote central door and window locks, and a rigid body shell.
The Stilo comes with cruise control, folding rear seats, climate control, air conditioning, audio system with CD player, lumbar support, and pockets for storage.
Exterior options include parking sensors, body colored bumpers, heated and electric mirrors, alloy wheels, front fog lights, metallic paint, and a space saving spare wheel.
Available accessories include floor mats, cup holders, cargo organizers, and mud flaps.
The Stilo is solidly built and fairly reliable. Regular routine maintenance should keep your car running for years to come.
The three-door hatchback has a sleek look but the five-door hatchback and wagon are family-friendly cars.
For the price, the Stilo is a good value. It’s not flashy but it’s reliable and solidly built.
While there was some initial criticism, the Fiat Stilo has held up well. Customer reviews generally favor the car as a family vehicle and point out how long the car has lasted. Overall, the Stilo is a good choice for a small family.