A wide range of options includes leather upholstery, xenon headlamps, electrically adjustable front seats, a choice of CD stereos, a full-length Sky Window louvered glass sunroof, and Fiat’s innovative CONNECT telematics; an on-line system that connects the driver to an extensive range of services via a live phone link to an English speaking operator, as well as including an impressive satellite navigation system.
CONNECT NAV + incorporates voice commands with a 7" colour display screen, and is complemented by a Dual Band GSM phone with WAP Internet access, satellite navigation and a CD sound system that will play MP3 music files.
The Stilo Multi Wagon is available with a choice of four power units, all mated to 5-speed gearboxes: There are 1.6 litre (103 bhp) and 1.8 litre (133 bhp) 16v petrol units, and both 80 and 115 bhp versions of Fiat's proven 1.9 litre JTD common rail direct injection turbodiesel.
The 1.8 16v Multi Wagon has a top speed of 124 mph and will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 10.8 seconds, whilst the 80 bhp 1.9 JTD records in excess of 50 mpg over a combined cycle.
The arrival of the Multi Wagon will be of considerable interest to a UK fleet market which has grown steadily since 1996. Fleet buyers currently represent well over 50% of the C segment, with estate car sales figures currently running at approximately double those of the private sector.
The new car, competing against rival estates such as the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra, Peugeot 307 SW, Citroen Xsara and Toyota Corolla, is expected to account for some 20% of all Stilo sales in the UK, with an anticipated sales split of 65/35% in favour of diesel powered versions.
The multi-purpose C-segment Stilo Multi Wagon effectively combines the flexibility and versatility of an MPV with the dynamic characteristics and load capacity of a station wagon.
The Stilo Multi Wagon is an important addition to the Stilo range, satisfying the needs of potential customers who require even more space than the existing Stilo 5-door hatchback.
StylingThough sharing the crisp lines and broad, purposeful front stance of the Stilo 5-door, the Multi Wagon is no afterthought estate. A bold, waist-high fold sweeps the full length of car from bonnet lip to horizontal tail-light clusters. Integral, aerodynamic, body-coloured roof rails, and tinted glass combine with door pillars finished in black to emphasise the clean homogeny of the design.
Life On Board
The new car is 40 mm taller than the 5-door Stilo, allowing for a raised driving position and tall, generous glazing for greater all round visibility and comfort. A height-adjustable driver’s seat allied to both extensive reach and rake adjustment to the steering wheel offers a comfortable, ergonomically adaptable driving position.
The reclining, sliding rear seats offer full, three-point seatbelts with pretensioners and full size head restraints for three adults.
The visual and tactile quality of the Stilo Multi Wagon’s cabin finishes mirror those of the 5-door hatchback: The roof lining and front pillars are clad in cloth, and slush moulding of the fascia ensures an even, soft-touch surface finish throughout. A titanium paint finish picks out the door handles, gearlever, handbrake button and the surrounds to the large, clear rev counter and speedometer dominating the analogue dials and multifunction display within the driver’s instrument binnacle.