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
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
Stilo 1.2-litre model
Too underpowered, especially when fully loaded.
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
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