Climb inside the Tipo and you can instantly see it for what it is: a budget hatchback that concentrates on the basics rather than the fripperies. The interior makes very few concessions to style or plushness, but that simplicity makes everything easy to use, and what the materials lack in appeal, they make up for in solidity. The infotainment screen is tiny, too, but the fact it’s placed high up on the dashboard means your eyes don’t have to travel too far from the road to see it. The driver’s life is also made easier by lots of adjustment for your driving position and a good view out.
One of the best things about the Tipo is the amount of space inside. There’s enough that four six-foot adults can in decent comfort, with legroom to spare. The boot is larger than in most family hatchback rivals, too, providing an impressive 440 litres of space. However, things could be cleverer. There’s a big lip to lift heavy items over and the back seats lie at an awkward angle when you fold them down.
You can feel that the Tipo is built to a budget in the way it drives, since it doesn’t offer the finesse or ride comfort of cars such as the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf
. Those rivals cost thousands more, however, and in isolation the Tipo drives well enough.