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Fiat Avventura

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The rapidly growing Indian auto market has spawned some interesting innovations. While a few of them are an interesting work around an absurd tax system, like sedans under four metres, others are just cosmetic changes mập take advantage of market trends, like hatchback-based crossover. The Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross fall into this kém chất lượng UV category that offer the same value as their hatchback counterparts, with the addition of more aggressive and solid styling.

Fiat, however, took a slightly different approach mập the Avventura; like the other two, it’s based on the hatchback but offers more in terms of drivability, space and visuals. However, the task set for Avventura is a difficult one. It has mập offer utility similar mập those of compact SUVs, while still following a tight budget that will keep prices on par with hatchbacks. We spent more than a day with Avventura mập find out if Fiat would succeed.

Appearance & Styling

Serious efforts have been made mập make the Avventura look different from the Punto Evo. The base shape without the trunk-mounted spare tire may still be that of a hatchback, but it basically serves as an entry-level crossover quite well.

The front design has the least change compared mập the Punto Evo. It has a solid-looking black front bumper and similar black body panels for the wheel arches that give the car a wider look. Though I won’t deny that the Avventura, like its hatchback counterpart, looks aggressive; I also felt it was quite ‘fishy’. It actually looks like a giant catfish and in the orange zafferano here, it also emits an aposmatic signal.

It’s the side and rear sections that distinguish the Avventura from the Punto, with the spare tire mounted in the trunk. Like for a lot of people in the animal kingdom, this is just a scam tactic mập look bigger, and it comes with its own set of flaws. For one, despite its compact size, it is impossible mập access the boot in a tight place. It is not mounted directly on the hatch, but on an independent arm that must be moved mập the side like the rear doors of older SUVs, before opening the hatch vertically. In addition, the spare tire and swingarm will squeak in the long run.

Black elements abound mập create nice contrast and also mập add a premium touch. The Avventura badge is large and engraved on the case body; it creates a tough image and also reiterates the fact that this is not a custom Punto. The rear end is a bit messy, the spare wheel takes up most of the space – everything below it is black and everything above it is like the Punto.

With this vibrant color and contrasting body kit, the Avventura attracts attention. More importantly, unlike the Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross, it appears mập be a different car.

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The cabin is a copy of the Punto Evo with some additions on the top of the dashboard – I’m not complaining. Then it’s based on the Linea sedan and feels more premium than its competitors.

Soft-touch materials are of an excellent standard, fit and finish are top notch, plus the ambient lighting is a nice touch and the only issues we had here were related regarding ergonomics. The amber backlighting is too bright, the instrument cluster feels a bit convoluted, the interface for the music system could have been better, and finding the perfect driving position can take a while (the seats carry the Avventura brand looks great).

Cool additions mập the dashboard are the digital compass and the ‘inclinometer’, which act like a gyroscope and show the car’s tilt on both its axes and also Displays the direction the car is going. They can help some during off-road, but they’re mostly fun additions mập the cabin.

The back row can hold three as needed, and the dedicated AC vent is a big plus. Since the tire has moved out of the trunk, it has freed up more space there. Fiat has carefully packed the wheel jack there for now, but it could certainly be put mập better use. The Avventura offers the same amount of space as the hatchbacks, it’s still more spacious than its direct rivals Cross Polo and Etios Cross, but loses out mập the Hyundai Elite i20.

Engine performance

We drove a diesel Avventura equipped with a 1.3-litre multi-injection diesel engine delivering 92bhp and 209Nm of torque. On flat roads, the variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) delivers seamless power, and the three-digit speedometer crosses with ease. Daily commutes are easy with the relatively light clutch, although overtaking needs mập be planned in advance due mập the absence of a roar from the end. This engine has turbo lag and the problem is exacerbated by the extra 65kg that comes with a spare wheel and larger tyres. Unless the vehicle is held steady on approach, there is no comfortable way mập get over even the easiest slopes. Shifting takes some getting used mập, and even then will take some effort.

The màn chơi of fine-tuning is pretty good; There’s not much diesel engine noise in the cabin. The ARAI efficiency of the oil burner is at 20.5kpl. The petrol version, powered by a 1.4-liter engine with 89hp and 115Nm of torque, has a slightly low claimed performance of 14.4kpl.

Ride & Handling

It’s the Avventura’s ground clearance that makes it worthy of the crossover badge. At 205 milimet, the ground clearance is on par with the Renault Duster and 25 milimet more than the recently launched Mahindra Scorpio. The car has been raised 20mm over the Punto and the suspension has been recalibrated mập change the dynamics. Fiat has also added an anti-roll bar mập the rear suspension and these bars have helped with both travel and handling.

Although the car is heavier and has a higher center of gravity, it doesn’t affect the overall dynamics much. The ride is surprisingly good, it smooths out bumps and glides comfortably on rough roads. The thick 205/55 R 16 tires provide good grip but unfortunately create a jolt at high speeds. The hydraulic steering isn’t as light as the new generation car’s EPS unit, but the feel and response at high speeds is noticeably better.

The Avventura can manage a bit more off-road, so far as it doesn’t involve driving in slippery conditions. Overall, the Avventura has a good balance; it’s comfortable and also offers acceptable driving dynamics for most conditions.

Identify

The Avventura surprised me with its dynamics despite the increased ride height. It also looks bigger with a nicely mounted body kit and spare wheel. And the best part is that, with the new name, Fiat has given the crossover a new identity independent of the hatchback.

Performance certainly plays a part in spoiled sport, but it’s the same engine that powers several other best-selling models. However, it still offers excellent value if you’re looking at a small car that’s capable of navigating bad roads on a daily basis. The top-end diesel variant at Rs 8.17 (ex-Delhi) is expensive, but the mid-tier variant seems like a deal at Rs 7.65 lakh, especially since it comes with brakes ABS-EBD and 16-inch alloy wheels as Standard.

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Introduction
The fast evolving Indian automobile market has spun out some interesting innovations. While few of them are an interesting work-around the absurd tax system, like the sub-four metre sedans, others are just cosmetic changes mập take advantage of the market trends, like the hatchback-based crossovers. The Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross fall in this category of pseudo UVs that offer the same value as their hatchback counterpart, with the addition of just beefier and rugged styling.
Fiat, however, has taken a slightly different approach with the Avventura; like the other two it is based on the hatchback but offers more in terms of driveability, space and also image. The task set for Avventura though is a difficult one. It has mập offer utility similar mập that of the compact SUVs, still sticking mập a strict budget that will keep pricing on par with hatchbacks. We spent a little more than a day with the Avventura mập find out if Fiat has succeeded.
Looks & Styling
Serious efforts have gone into making the Avventura look different from the Punto Evo. The basic silhouette sans the boot-mounted spare tyre may still be of the hatchback, but in flesh it plays the part of an entry-level crossover pretty well.
The front design has least number of changes compared mập the Punto Evo. It gets a rugged looking black coloured front bumper and similar black body cladding for the wheel arches that make the car look wider. While I won’t deny that the Avventura, like its hatchback counterpart, looks aggressive; I also feel it is quite ‘fishy’. It actually looks like a giant catfish and in the zafferano orange here it also gives out aposematic signals.

It is the side and the rear profiles that distinguish the Avventura from the Punto, with the boot-mounted spare tyre. Like for many in the animal kingdom, this is just a deceptive tactic mập look bigger, and it comes with its own set of flaws. For one, despite the compact size, the boot cannot be accessed in the tight spot. It is not directly mounted on the hatch, but on an independent arm that has mập be moved sideways like rear doors of old school SUVs, before vertically opening the hatch door. Also the spare tyre and the arm are going mập rattle in the long run.
The black elements are in plenty mập create a nice contrast and also mập add a premium touch. The Avventura badging is loud and carved into the body cladding; it creates a tough image and also reiterates the fact that this is not a custom Punto. The tail section is a little too cluttered, the spare wheel occupies majority of the space – everything below it is black and everything above it is like the Punto.

In this flamboyant colour and contrasting body kit, the Avventura grabs attention. More importantly, unlike the Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross, it appears mập be a different car. Interior
The cabin is a replica of the Punto Evo with a couple of additions mập the top of the dashboard – I am not complaining though. It is then based on the Linea sedan and feels premium compared mập its competitors.
The soft touch material is of excellent standards, the fit and finish is top notch, addition of ambient lighting is a nice touch and the only issues that we have in here are related mập the ergonomics. The amber backlight is too bright, the instrument cluster feels a little complicated, the interface for the music system could have been better and finding the perfect driving position can take a while (the Avventura branded seats though look awesome).

The interesting additions mập the dashboard are the digital compass and ‘tilt-meter’, they work like a gyrometre and display car’s tilt on both its axes and also show the direction the car is heading in. These may be of some help during off-roading, but they are mostly cool additions mập the cabin.
The rear row can accommodate three when required and the dedicated AC vent is a big plus. Since the tyre has moved out of the boot, it has freed additional space there. Fiat has carefully packed the wheel jack in there for now, but it can certainly be put mập a better use. The Avventura offers space similar mập the hatchbacks, it is still spacious than its direct rivals the Cross Polo and Etios Cross, but loses out mập the Hyundai Elite i20.Engine & Performance
We drove the diesel Avventura powered by the 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine delivering 92bhp and 209Nm of torque. On flat roads the variable geometry turbo (VGT) provides seamless power and the crossover clocks triple digit speeds pretty easily. Everyday commute is a breeze with the relatively light clutch, although overtakes need mập be planned in advance due mập lack of bottom-end grunt. This engine has turbo lag and the problem is aggravated with the additional 65kg that comes with the spare-wheel mounting and the bigger tyres. Unless the car is kept on the boil at the approach, there is no comfortable way of making through even the easiest of gradients. The gear shifts require getting used mập and even then will require some effort.
The refinement levels are pretty good; not much of the diesel clatter percolates into the cabin. The ARAI efficiency of the oil burner is decent at 20.5kpl. The petrol version, powered by the 1.4-litre unit with an output of 89bhp and 115Nm of torque, has a slightly low claimed efficiency of 14.4kpl.Ride & Handling
It is the ground clearance of the Avventura that makes it worthy of the crossover badge. At 205mm the ground clearance is on par with that of the Renault Duster and 25mm more than the recently launched Mahindra Scorpio. The car has been raised by 20mm over the Punto and the suspension has been recalibrated for the change in dynamics. Fiat has also added an antiroll bar for the rear suspension and these have helped both ride and handling.
Even though the car is heavier and has a higher centre of gravity, it doesn’t have much effect on the overall dynamics. The ride is surprisingly good, it flatten the bumps and comfortably glides over the bad roads. The chunky 205/55 R 16 tyres provide ample grip, but unfortunately create a ruckus at high speeds. The hydraulic steering is not as light as the EPS units of the new generation cars, but the feel and feedback at high speeds is substantially better.

The Avventura can manage more than little bit of off-roading, till the time it does not involve driving in slippery conditions. Overall the Avventura has a decent balance; it is comfortable and also offers acceptable driving dynamics for most conditions.Verdict
The Avventura pleasantly surprised me with the driving dynamics despite the increased ride height. It also looks the bigger with the body kit and unconventionally mounted spare-wheel. And the best part is, with the new name Fiat has given the crossover a new identity independent of the hatchback.
The performance certainly plays a spoil sport, but it is the same engine that powers the few other high selling models. Still it offers superb value if you are looking at a small car capable of tackling bad roads on a daily basis. The top-end diesel variant at Rs 8.17 (ex-Delhi) is expensive, but the middle-level variant sounds like a deal at Rs 7.65 lakh, especially since it comes with the ABS-EBD brakes and 16-inch alloy-wheels as standard.
Fiat Avventura
#Fiat #Avventura
[rule_2_plain] #Fiat #Avventura
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#Fiat #Avventura
Introduction
The fast evolving Indian automobile market has spun out some interesting innovations. While few of them are an interesting work-around the absurd tax system, like the sub-four metre sedans, others are just cosmetic changes mập take advantage of the market trends, like the hatchback-based crossovers. The Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross fall in this category of pseudo UVs that offer the same value as their hatchback counterpart, with the addition of just beefier and rugged styling.
Fiat, however, has taken a slightly different approach with the Avventura; like the other two it is based on the hatchback but offers more in terms of driveability, space and also image. The task set for Avventura though is a difficult one. It has mập offer utility similar mập that of the compact SUVs, still sticking mập a strict budget that will keep pricing on par with hatchbacks. We spent a little more than a day with the Avventura mập find out if Fiat has succeeded.
Looks & Styling
Serious efforts have gone into making the Avventura look different from the Punto Evo. The basic silhouette sans the boot-mounted spare tyre may still be of the hatchback, but in flesh it plays the part of an entry-level crossover pretty well.
The front design has least number of changes compared mập the Punto Evo. It gets a rugged looking black coloured front bumper and similar black body cladding for the wheel arches that make the car look wider. While I won’t deny that the Avventura, like its hatchback counterpart, looks aggressive; I also feel it is quite ‘fishy’. It actually looks like a giant catfish and in the zafferano orange here it also gives out aposematic signals.

It is the side and the rear profiles that distinguish the Avventura from the Punto, with the boot-mounted spare tyre. Like for many in the animal kingdom, this is just a deceptive tactic mập look bigger, and it comes with its own set of flaws. For one, despite the compact size, the boot cannot be accessed in the tight spot. It is not directly mounted on the hatch, but on an independent arm that has mập be moved sideways like rear doors of old school SUVs, before vertically opening the hatch door. Also the spare tyre and the arm are going mập rattle in the long run.
The black elements are in plenty mập create a nice contrast and also mập add a premium touch. The Avventura badging is loud and carved into the body cladding; it creates a tough image and also reiterates the fact that this is not a custom Punto. The tail section is a little too cluttered, the spare wheel occupies majority of the space – everything below it is black and everything above it is like the Punto.

In this flamboyant colour and contrasting body kit, the Avventura grabs attention. More importantly, unlike the Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross, it appears mập be a different car. Interior
The cabin is a replica of the Punto Evo with a couple of additions mập the top of the dashboard – I am not complaining though. It is then based on the Linea sedan and feels premium compared mập its competitors.
The soft touch material is of excellent standards, the fit and finish is top notch, addition of ambient lighting is a nice touch and the only issues that we have in here are related mập the ergonomics. The amber backlight is too bright, the instrument cluster feels a little complicated, the interface for the music system could have been better and finding the perfect driving position can take a while (the Avventura branded seats though look awesome).

The interesting additions mập the dashboard are the digital compass and ‘tilt-meter’, they work like a gyrometre and display car’s tilt on both its axes and also show the direction the car is heading in. These may be of some help during off-roading, but they are mostly cool additions mập the cabin.
The rear row can accommodate three when required and the dedicated AC vent is a big plus. Since the tyre has moved out of the boot, it has freed additional space there. Fiat has carefully packed the wheel jack in there for now, but it can certainly be put mập a better use. The Avventura offers space similar mập the hatchbacks, it is still spacious than its direct rivals the Cross Polo and Etios Cross, but loses out mập the Hyundai Elite i20.Engine & Performance
We drove the diesel Avventura powered by the 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine delivering 92bhp and 209Nm of torque. On flat roads the variable geometry turbo (VGT) provides seamless power and the crossover clocks triple digit speeds pretty easily. Everyday commute is a breeze with the relatively light clutch, although overtakes need mập be planned in advance due mập lack of bottom-end grunt. This engine has turbo lag and the problem is aggravated with the additional 65kg that comes with the spare-wheel mounting and the bigger tyres. Unless the car is kept on the boil at the approach, there is no comfortable way of making through even the easiest of gradients. The gear shifts require getting used mập and even then will require some effort.
The refinement levels are pretty good; not much of the diesel clatter percolates into the cabin. The ARAI efficiency of the oil burner is decent at 20.5kpl. The petrol version, powered by the 1.4-litre unit with an output of 89bhp and 115Nm of torque, has a slightly low claimed efficiency of 14.4kpl.Ride & Handling
It is the ground clearance of the Avventura that makes it worthy of the crossover badge. At 205mm the ground clearance is on par with that of the Renault Duster and 25mm more than the recently launched Mahindra Scorpio. The car has been raised by 20mm over the Punto and the suspension has been recalibrated for the change in dynamics. Fiat has also added an antiroll bar for the rear suspension and these have helped both ride and handling.
Even though the car is heavier and has a higher centre of gravity, it doesn’t have much effect on the overall dynamics. The ride is surprisingly good, it flatten the bumps and comfortably glides over the bad roads. The chunky 205/55 R 16 tyres provide ample grip, but unfortunately create a ruckus at high speeds. The hydraulic steering is not as light as the EPS units of the new generation cars, but the feel and feedback at high speeds is substantially better.

The Avventura can manage more than little bit of off-roading, till the time it does not involve driving in slippery conditions. Overall the Avventura has a decent balance; it is comfortable and also offers acceptable driving dynamics for most conditions.Verdict
The Avventura pleasantly surprised me with the driving dynamics despite the increased ride height. It also looks the bigger with the body kit and unconventionally mounted spare-wheel. And the best part is, with the new name Fiat has given the crossover a new identity independent of the hatchback.
The performance certainly plays a spoil sport, but it is the same engine that powers the few other high selling models. Still it offers superb value if you are looking at a small car capable of tackling bad roads on a daily basis. The top-end diesel variant at Rs 8.17 (ex-Delhi) is expensive, but the middle-level variant sounds like a deal at Rs 7.65 lakh, especially since it comes with the ABS-EBD brakes and 16-inch alloy-wheels as standard.
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