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Used car: Fiat Stilo – 2003 onwards

Stilo was the replacement for the Bravo/Brava, with a sporty-looking three-door and family-orientated five-door. The Multiwagon estate joined the line-up in 2003 and benefits from a huge load area.

All models are well-equipped, cheap to buy and better built than other recent Fiats, though Stilo hasn’t been trouble-free.

Driving and performance

The 1.2-litre engine is too small and can really struggle; the 1.4 makes life a bit easier. The best petrol engine if you mix town and motorway driving is the 1.6.

The 1.8 is quick, but isn’t pleasingly fast. Five-cylinder 2.4 provides plenty of power, but is out of place on twisty roads. The 1.9 JTD is impressive – powerful, refined and economical.

Stilo three-door is stiffer and more sporty; the five-door is more wieldy.


The adjustable driver’s seat makes it easy to get comfy, while the five-door has a high driving position for a commanding view. Space in the five-door is good for two adults, but it’s a squeeze in the three-door.


No Euro NCAP rating. All have anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist.

Security is good, with deadlocks, remote central locking and an immobilizer.

On the forecourt

  • Fast movers
    Stilo 1.9 JTD Diesel is punchy, economical and represents great value. Trade 0202-0353: £2,500-3,300. Retail 0202-0353: £3,300-4,300

    Stilo 1.8 Sporting
    Good turn of speed matched with competitive insurance. Trade 0505-0606: £5,200-5,900. Retail 0505-0606: £7,400-8,400

  • Ones to avoid
    Stilo 1.2-litre model
    Too underpowered, especially when fully loaded.

  • In the workshop Recalls for short circuiting engine cooling fan (2002); unintended activation of airbags (2002); loss of power steering (2003); broken coil springs (2006).

    Parker's buyers' lines

    “Excellent value, especially when bought used. If you don’t mind the Fiat badge”

    “I used to work for my local Fiat dealer, so I still get treated well. The dealer network is still a big problem for Fiat, though”

    BCA Auction View

    Fiat Stilo
    02/52 1.6 Active 44k £2,370
    02/02 1.6 Dynamic 61k £2,275
    03/03 1.9 Dynamic 36k £4,070
    03/52 1.6 Dynamic 34k £2,750

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