Fiat Stilo Multi Wagon | Part Three

Fiat Stilo Multi Wagon

 

Luggage Compartment

Although only 266 mm longer than the Stilo hatchback, the new Stilo Multi Wagon provides 140 litres more luggage space with the rear seats up and 360 litres more with them folded.

The wide tailgate is opened with ease by a convenient, electrically operated central handle located beneath the number plate. The tailgate incorporates an innovative opening rear window, operated by pressing a switch above the number plate light. Gas struts raise both rear window and tailgate to a sufficient height to allow an adult to stand comfortably beneath them.

Access to the Multi Wagon luggage compartment is extremely easy, via either rear doors or tailgate, thanks to the lowest loading height in the car’s class. Rear suspension dampers have been inclined to keep wheel arch intrusion to a minimum, offering clean side walls and maximum loading width. And the top of the rear bumper, sheathed to prevent scratching to paintwork, forms an entirely flat sill at loadspace level.

Seating Flexibility

The rear of the passenger compartment can be adapted to alter leg-room and backrest positions for a combination of maximum comfort, loadspace shape and load carrying capacity.

The rear seats, asymmetrically split 60:40, can be specified to include a sliding facility and a ski tunnel. Either seat may be slid forwards or backwards through an impressive 160 mm, reclined by up to 30 degrees or folded down independently. Sliding both rear seats fully forward increases the luggage compartment volume by 40 litres to 550 litres yet, even in this position, the seats will still comfortably accommodate three people; whilst folding both rear seats down increases luggage capacity to an impressive 1480 litres.

Additionally, as an option, the front passenger seat may be folded forwards to form a flat work surface, or maximise carrying capacity by accommodating very long objects.

Storage

Extensive cabin stowage includes two dashboard compartments (the lower one cooled on air-conditioned cars), front armrest with an interior compartment, generous door pockets, two bottle holders and five cup holders.

Safety

Benefiting from 15,000 hours of computer aided design, 120 crash tests, 100 HyGe slide simulations, over 200 tests on components and sub-systems and the involvement of eight specialised suppliers, the Stilo Multi Wagon is one of the safest cars in its class.

Passive Safety

State-of-the-art passive safety is provided by a chassis designed to absorb impact with maximum efficiency. No less than eight airbags are available, including two, 2-stage bags, five three-point seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, five full size head restraints and an integrated Fire Prevention System.

Front Airbags

The standard equipment driver and passenger front airbags can be ordered as Multistage units incorporating occupant classification sensors and designed to operate independently of each other, when they are ordered together with rear side airbags. An impact of moderate force is recognised by the system, which opens only to the first of two stages whilst, during more serious collisions, full deployment takes place. The airbags may, however, be activated independently of each other, dependent on the nature of the impact. In every case, braids inside the bags ensure maximum bag dimension and final shape are as non-invasive as possible for occupants.

The front passenger airbag may be deactivated manually via an ignition key switch on the fascia. A dashboard warning light indicates this condition. Though the pretensioner remains active, a rear facing baby seat can therefore be safely fitted.

Side Airbags

The Fiat Stilo Multi Wagon comes with two side airbags as standard. They are located inside the seat squabs to ensure optimum efficiency regardless of occupant stature, position and seat adjustment. Two rear side airbags are optional.

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Published 14 February 2003 Melanie Carter

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