The Fiat Idea | Part Three

The Fiat Idea

Fiat Idea

In appearance, the Fiat Idea looks solid and safe yet it is also original and elegant. Its exterior is recognisable for its broad shoulders and generous wheels given extra flair by clean, up-to-date lines of great personality. The smooth shape with no sharp edges conveys an impression of discreet, non-aggressive power and emphasises the welcoming, protective shell-like nature of a passenger compartment that guarantees safety while also promising comfort. Comfort is also offered inside by a versatile passenger compartment that reveals painstaking attention to the tiniest aesthetic and technical details. For example, the sophisticated, well-proportioned design of the cabinetwork and trim weds ergonomic excellence with acoustic comfort and climate control. The result is an ideal environment for travelling in relaxing comfort at all times.

The upper part of the original facia is soft and yielding as on higher segment cars. An original-looking gauge is set into the centre while the keys and controls are easy to identify and use. The gearshift is in the middle of the facia close to the steering wheel in a user-friendly position. And there is more: two roomy closed compartments on the facia and a double DIN compartment in the middle. Big pouches on the panels, a compartment on the ceiling and a spacious console between the front seats that come with an adaptable backrest. All five seats are comfortable, ergonomic and safe. With a few quick movements, they can assume different configurations including an unusual couchette position. In this case, the front seats are folded forward to form a platform while the rear seat backrest is reclined by more than 45 degrees. The Fiat Idea interior can be changed to meet different requirements due to its folding front seat and two rear seats that slide forward and backward and can be reclined independently.

Intelligent in the solutions it adopts, innovative and elegant in its design. And the Fiat Idea is much more. Because the new model gives you true emotions, a tangible sensation of in-car wellbeing in any situation.

Simply climb aboard the new compact MPV to discover a special mental and physical sensation that means finding plenty of space at all times and, most importantly, exactly where you want it. It means being able to get into and out of the car easily and conveniently and, once you are seated, being surrounded by an airy, well-lit environment lit by oceans of glass.

To achieve this extraordinary level of comfort, our designers applied cutting edge ergonomic criteria right from the development stage. The outcome is an outstanding result for the Fiat Idea's five basic ergonomic functions: roominess, driving posture, accessibility, visibility and reconfigurability. Suffice it to say that the shoulder room in the front amounts to 1,402 mm, while the rear shoulder room is 1,365 mm (both measurements are among the best in the category). Passenger room coefficient is also 99.5%, one of the best percentages in this market band. Not forgetting that the Fiat Idea luggage compartment is one of the roomiest in its category (320 litres). If you still do not have enough space, simply fold the rear seat down for an outstanding load capacity: 1,420 litres measured at the roof.

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Published 25 October 2003 Melanie Carter

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