The Fiat Avventura is based on the Punto, looks more butch, and comes with a couple of unique features. Positioned as a more adventure-centric (as if the name didn't give that away!) hatchback, the crossover will go head to head with the Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross. It is expected to reach the market later this month, so we decided to tell you about its variant wise features.
Fiat will offer the Avventura in three trims, namely Active, Dynamic, and Emotion. There will be a subsequent increase in length of the feature list as we move from Active to Emotion, but the standard items remain the same. Most of the things that differentiate the Avventura from the Punto are likely to be present across the range, irrespective of the variant.
On the outside, you'll get the 16-inch alloys, the plastic cladding on the sides, and the tailgate mounted spare wheel. Step inside and there's the Inclinometer, the compass, and a dual tone dashboard.
The base version, Active, does lose out on the safety features completely (no ABS or airbags) which is a big downer, but apart from that the feature set isn't bad. You get remote keyless entry, front power windows, tilt-adjustable steering, rear view mirror mounted indicators, 'Follow me' headlamps, and a rear parcel shelf.
The intermediate trim level Dynamic is where you get added features, not only in terms of entertainment but also safety. And that's a good thing! While the Active version skipped on basic safety features like ABS and EBD, the Dynamic trim comes equipped with them. No airbags offered on the version, though.
On the outside, apart from the standard features available on the variant preceded, the Dynamic gets body coloured mirrors and front fog lamps. Interior has received a few changes as well: fabric insert for the doors, a boot lamp, rear power windows, electrically adjustable outside rearview mirrors, and a height-adjustable driver seat. It also gets a CD/MP3 player complete with radio, USB, and Aux-in compatibility.
If you're looking for the most feature laden variant version, this is the only option you've got. Also, since only the top spec Emotion trim offers airbags rear AC vents, and automatic climate control, we won't be surprised if it becomes the most popular variant too.
On the outside, there are no visible give aways, because most of the changes are on the inside, where it now gets front airbags (driver + passenger), 3-point safety seatbelts and height adjustment for both front seats. The steering wheel and gearknob are leather-wrapped, the dashboard gets ambient lighting, and there's also a seatbelt warning that comes on if the driver doesn't have his belt on.
In terms of entertainment, the in-car audio system now gets the ability to read out SMSes, make phone calls, and listen to you (read voice recognition), and steering mounted controls are present too. Automatic climate control and rear vents complete the premium features. Also, it should be noted that the rear seat can now be split-folded (60:40) so if you plan to politely ask one of your friends to get down so that you can carry some extra luggage, it won't be an issue.
So while the Emotion variant looks the most interesting, it will also depend on how Fiat prices the car. As a product, the Avventura appears to be a pretty solid proposition.