Palio 1.6i ELX
dates : 9th October 2005
15th October 2005
Fiat Palio has been Fiatís mainstay volume seller in South
Africa for the past few years. Itís built locally in
Rosslyn and is one of Fiatís so-called "world"
cars for developing markets.
The new Fiat Palio 1.6i ELX is an attempt to inject some
real excitement into a range that has been seen as
utilitarian, rather than sporty.
The Facelift for the Palio 2 has gone some way to achieving
that objective. The new grille and headlight clusters,
sharper tail-lights and larger diameter alloys give the ELX
a sense of proportion and crispness it previously lacked.
Mechanically itís not particularly riveting, but it does
enjoy a pleasing power delivery that is typical Fiat.
Fiat, of course, owns Ferrari, but it takes a bit of a reach
to equate this car with the machinery from Maranello.
Itís a willing little hatchback, and like many Fiats of
the past, the best part is the engine.
four-cylinder multi-valve mill has an un-burstable quality
about it, although visually, some of the detail work could
do with some tidying up.
The three-spoke steering wheel contains an airbag, but thereís
still no front passenger airbag, which is a bit
disappointing. The white-faced dials are sporty-ish, but the
woven cloth seats donít make much of a styling statement,
although they offer reasonable lateral support.
The quality of some of the plastics, such as on the door
handles, lets the side down in terms of overall finish.
As for the rest of the interior, itís pleasant in a dated
sort of way. On the plus side, a radio CD is standard on the
Air-conditioning is also standard as one would expect, and
the controls are large and simple to use.
Overall the ELX just misses being sporty, which it needs to
be, as itís up against strong opposition in its price
The same applies to the carís road behavior, which is
Power-wise, the Palio ELX is quite competitive in its price
bracket. The 74 kiloWatt peak outguns cars like the Ford
Ikon, and is on a par with the likes of Opelís Corsa and
Volkswagenís Polo 1.6 models.
With a ten-second 0-100, and a top speed in the 180 plus
range, it offers competitive get up and go.
But it lacks ABS brakes which many of its rivals can boast.
Fiat Palio 1,6 ELX
Four-cylinder petrol, 1 581 cc
- Power: 74 kW @5
- Torque: 140 Nm @
4 000 rpm
Five-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
- 0-100 km/h: 10,3
- Top speed: 180
- Fuel consumption:
9,3 litres/1200 km (estimated)
- Price: R122 000
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