2003 Fiat Stilo Dynamic 1.8 from UK and Ireland


A charismatic little iconaclast


The ASR and ESP warning lights are activated sporadically - disarming the respective function.

General Comments:

This is a great, versatile automobile with great brio and personality.

It's comfortable and refined yet is a true dream to drive.

Handling is not brilliant, but then that's part of the fun.

It'll still do Jim Lunn's heap any day (Audi TT V6).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th April, 2004

2003 Fiat Stilo Multiwagon 1.9 JTD from Belgium


Extremely good value for money!


A little wind noise at drivers window, due to too little flexibility of the black window rubber.

Sensitivity of the " boot open " sensor causes sometimes wrong indication.

General Comments:

Car with an outstanding driving performance.

Spacious family break with very low fuel consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th March, 2004

2003 Fiat Stilo Active 1.2 from UK and Ireland


VW class for Perodua money


I've only had the car 1 week, so thankfully no faults, and I hope none in the future.

General Comments:

I've only owned the car for 1 week, but I felt compelled to write a report.

So far the car has been a wee sweetie. Looks ace (far sportier then it really is), drives wonderfully (VW territory). All this from the "poverty spec" 1.2; it's laden with features for such a cheap car.

I paid a grand total of £7788 for my brand new (but pre-registered) Stilo, that's with metallic paint. All that could be said to be missing from this car are alloy wheels (something easily rectified) and air con, which in the UK we can honestly live without.

I previously owned a Ford Escort TDi; it was a fairly quick car, and managed a reliable 40 MPG, but so far the Stilo has managed to whip itself up to a fair speed (I'm glad it's got the speed warning bleeper thing built in), and has been at least, if not more economical than the Escort.

In fact the car is almost as much fun as my old Saxo VTS was (see review http://www.carsurvey.org/review_21140.html), but the steering could do with having a little more feedback.

Classy looking and sporty with it in 3-door form. 5 door form, I don't like, but I do like the estate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th January, 2004

2003 Fiat Stilo Dynamic 1.6 16v from Turkey


Could have been better value for money

General Comments:

The city steering system is a quite nice feature. However, any electro-servo steering system is as light.

The 103 Hp 1.6 L 16V engine utterly fails to deliver any significant performance. Downshifting will not help to save a difficult situation.

Especially when the engine is cooler than the equilibrium, the failure of "fly-by-wire" accelerator pedal to release the gas is annoying. (i.e. engine continues on in high rev. to warm itself up)

Brakes are snappy. A mere step on the pedal causes severe deceleration. Should use caution when using in traffic to avoid being tailgated. Dosage requires extreme care until getting used.

Facade of cockpit is quite fussy and needs to be studied before understanding what the car is trying to tell you. The speed warning feature becomes annoying in no time and you simply turn it off or up to a speed you never actually reach.

Gears not slick enough and require quite a good timing in order to retain the torque and / or speed. Otherwise a loss in the rev. s end up in loosing a great deal of speed and torque.

Bump steering too evident to be missed; even for a novice. The smallest of a bump or rough spot makes the steering wheel jerk quite sharply. Obviously too much of king pin angle has been used to assist the system. Beware the quite hard spooling counter steering of the wheel after curves for the sake of your thumbs and fingers.

Side view mirrors too small and too convex. You squint to see anything at all. Images appear much smaller than other cars' mirrors as we are used to.

Tire roll is not as severe when your eyes get used to it. Wind sound is insignificant as you are not able to exceed speeds which mean business anyway.

Lean and lateral movement is quite dangerous for inexperienced drivers in high speed weight transfer. Suspension should have been way stiffer than this or at least roll eliminators added.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th December, 2003

18th Mar 2004, 04:25

I test drove a 3 door 1.2 Stilo and didn't notice any of the problems mentioned in this review. In particular there was no noticeable problem with the steering, and I was driving on rural roads in the west of Ireland (i.e bumpy roads). I switched between national roads and back roads. Initial acceleration was slower than I'd like, but then this is only a 1.2 engine. Once it got going I had to keep an eye on the speed though, it drifted up to 80 mph (20 mph above the speed limit) before I notice it - so no complaints there.

20th Apr 2004, 06:50

I've just purchased a Stilo Dynamic and I have to say it's brilliant. I have not experienced any issues with the steering or suspension on bumpy roads. It's a thoroughly comfortable and fun car to drive. I agree the dash board is complicated to get set to your specific requirements, but once you've succeeded its fabulous. Would definitely recommend one to a friend.