New Fiat Idea In The UK | Part Two

Sliding both sections of the rear seat base fully forwards increases luggage capacity by 92 litres from 320 to 412 litres – 62 litres more than the Vauxhall Meriva, one of Idea’s main competitors. And folding all three sections of the seat back fully forwards provides a total of 1420 litres of luggage space – 10 litres more than the Vauxhall Meriva.

In addition, the Idea incorporates no less than 27 diverse storage compartments, 24 of which are fitted as standard on all versions.

The Fiat Idea's equipment specification has been carefully considered to simplify and enhance life on board, with ABS, remote central locking, driver and passenger front airbags, electric front windows, Dualdrive power steering and Follow Me Home headlamps fitted as standard across the range.

This comprehensive standard equipment package is further bolstered by a range of innovative, safety and comfort enhancing options such as a SkyDome glass sunroof occupying nearly 70% of the new Idea’s roof area, rear parking sensors, side and window airbags and a CD sound system that can play MP3 music files.

Fiat Auto has equipped the new Idea with class leading levels of both passive and active safety. Allied to a chassis designed to provide exceptional torsional stiffness yet absorb impact with maximum efficiency, the Idea may be fitted with up to six airbags, whilst height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, three-point rear seatbelts, anti-submarining front and rear seats, and Fiat’s FPS Fire Prevention System are all fitted as standard.

The new Fiat Idea also offers the full range of braking, traction control and stability systems available today: ABS anti-lock brakes complete with electronic brakeforce distribution, ASR to limit wheel slip during acceleration, MSR to modulate engine torque whilst changing down, and a sophisticated ESP to control stability through bends. Vehicles fitted with ESP also benefit from hydraulic brake assistance and a unique Hill Holder function to facilitate smooth hill starts.

Incorporating true Multi Purpose Vehicle levels of interior flexibility and practicality, the new Fiat Idea offers exceptional quality, comfort and specification levels, combined with unrivalled safety and outstanding value for money.

Published 20 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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