In India because of the congestion in city roads customers prefer small compact cars. Hatchbacks, compact sedans and crossovers have good demand in the market. The year 2014 saw launching of many compact vehicles and crossovers. The Fiat India Automobiles Limited (FIAL) a subsidiary of the Italian auto giant the Fiat has show cased the Crossover the Avventura during the 2014 Indian Auto expo. The official launching of the Avventura took place on 21/10/2014.
The Fiat Avventura comes in 2 petrol and 3 diesel variants priced Rupees 6.44 to 8.49 lakh. The Active1.4 and the Dynamic1.4 are the petrol variants and the Active Multijet 1.3, the Dynamic Multijet1.3 and the Emotion Multijet1.3 are the diesel variants.
The Fiat Avventura comes in colours of hip hop black, bronze tap, minimal grey, exotica red, zafferano orange and vocal white. The Avventura is based on the hatchback Punto. The more rugged Avventura has bash plates, plastic claddings all around and roof rails. The body features include sleek head lights, one piece mesh grille, air intake separated by one piece bash plate, side mouldings with the name Avventura written over and tail gate mounted spare wheel.
The cabin of the Avventura is comfortable and luxurious. The standard features of the cabin include a manual AC, an engine immobiliser, child lock and central lock facilities, fabric seats, power steering with tilt column, frontal power windows, fully foldable rear seat and electric ORVMs with turn indicators. The Dynamic variants have ABS, EBD, power windows, electric body coloured ORVMs with blinkers and a 1 Din music system additionally. The Emotion variant has 2 air bags, middle row 3 point seat belt, an automatic AC, rear wiper and defogger and Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio controls.
The mileages of Fiat Avventura are slightly below par. The Petrol variants are powered by 1368cc, 89 bhp and 115 NM torque engines giving mileages of 14.4 kmpl. The diesel variants have 1248cc, 93 bhp and 197 NM torque engines giving mileages of 20.5 kmpl. The transmission is 5 speed manual.
The dimensions of the Avventura are 3989 mm length, 1706 mm width, 1542 mm height, 2510 mm wheel base and a ground clearance of 205 mm. The suspensions are McPherson strut with helical springs and double acting telescopic dampers with stabiliser bar at the front and torsion beam with telescopic dampers and helical springs at the rear. The tyres are 205/55 R16 type.
The Avventura has stylish and rugged body, good ground clearances and bigger wheels. These points make the crossover ideal for off-roading. The competition for this car comes from the likes of the Ford EcoSport, the Renault Duster, The Toyota Etios Cross and the Volkswagen Cross Polo.