Fiat has always given us elegant or interesting looking vehicles steeped in Italian flair and their latest offering called the Avventura is no different. The Avventura is a crossover that is aimed at people who usually drive on city roads but, every once in a while, go off the beaten path. There is plenty of evidence on the outside and inside of this car that clearly suggest that this car can handle a fair bit of rough driving and it certainly does manage to juggle both city commutes and off-roading quite well.
Powertrain and Performance
Customers who plan to buy the Fiat Avventura have the option of choosing either a 1.4 litre petrol engine that puts out 89 bhp or a more powerful 1.3 litre diesel engine that generates 92 bhp. No matter which version you choose, the engine will be coupled to a 5 speed manual gearbox. In case you decide to take this car off-road, there are displays above the centre console that display terrain orientation information. These displays show how much the car tilts with respect to the horizontal in both the pitch and roll axes; and this information will definitely come in handy while tackling slopes. There is also a compass to endure that you do not get lost. Unfortunately, the diesel engine does not have a lot of torque at the lower end, meaning that it is quite easy to stall in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The car rides very well indeed, with minimal body roll and a good bit of feedback coming in through the steering wheel. While there is road noise, the ride quality itself is very good, absorbing most of the impacts from potholes.
Build and Styling
Looks is one department where the Fiat Avventura gets off to a flying start. With its thick black side cladding, spare wheel mounted on the tailgate (it is actually mounted on an arm hinged to the rear bumper), aluminium roof rails, plastic bits that look like skid plates, 16 inch alloys and so on, the car looks very radical and butch. Since this car can actually be taken off the road and onto not so smooth terrain, Fiat has provided it with a terrain orientation sensor. This is connected to a display sitting on top of the centre console that shows how much the car tilts from the front to back and side to side. Also including a compass, this set of displays looks really cool and is good fun to play with. The dashboard gets soft touch materials and a two tone colour scheme like the new Linea and Punto that increases its appeal. The car is also equipped with features like bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, climate control, an audio system with USB, MP3 and aux-in compatibility and more. Safety features in the Fiat Avventura include airbags for both front passengers, early crash sensors, ABS with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), fire prevention system, an engine immobilizer with floating code, central locking, automatic door locks and so on.
The Avventura enters Fiats steadily strengthening fleet but let there be no doubt that it can hold its own. The car looks really funky, is built well and has a fair bit of tech in it. Its competitive pricing and the fact that it looks a sight better than most other cars on the road should be reason enough for a significant number of people to whip their wallets out and head to the showrooms to buy one.