Avventura The jazzed up Punto Evo or the Avventura crossover possesses boastful dimensions; the crossover is 3989 mm long, 1706 mm wide, 1542 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2510 mm. Fiat Avventura pictures of the exteriors are evident of the sporty additions made on the outside putting it apart from Punto Evo. The increased ground clearance of 205 mm in turn works in favour of the vehicle. In the front, the vehicle gets reindeer head lights, which are standard across range. Sporty rear spoiler is missing in the base petrol and diesel variants. Body painted outside rear view mirrors are fitted on driver as well as co-passenger side and can be adjusted electrically. The ORVMs also get integrated turn indicators. While the entry level trims get black painted ORVMs unlike the rest of the trims.
EXTERIOR AND LOOK
The Fiat Avventura is based on the newly launched Punto and comes with the obvious cross hatchback additions. Around the front, the swept back and blackened headlamps and large snout shaped grille has been carried forward from the Punto. The front bumper though gets a few add on parts though with a chunkier skid plate and side mouldings. The wheel arch extensions and chunky side skirts too add to the cross appeal and will certainly be appreciated by the SUV crazed Indian audiences.
Around the rear, the trapezoidal exhaust pipe adds a touch of class to the Fiat Avventura. The large tailgate mounted spare wheel with its large plastic wheel cover too adds to the appeal and has been the point of conversation to most passersby who stopped to admire the Avventura. One does have to remember to be careful while reversing though due to the extra overhang. Tying up the design nicely, the 16-inch alloy wheels, also carried forward from the Punto compliment the overall design well.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT
The internal section of this model series has been done up with a dual tone color scheme. The top end version also has ambient lighting scheme on its dashboard, which emphasizes the elegance of interiors. It is bestowed with an instrument cluster along with a compass and an inclinometer, a large glove box, a three spoke steering wheel with multi functional switches and AC vents. Its instrument panel has four round shaped meters that displays speed, tachometer, fuel level and provides several warning notifications for keeping the driver updated. The leather wrapped steering wheel is mounted with several multi-functional switches for additional comfort. Its center fascia has a high-gloss black finish and is integrated with a proficient AC unit along with a lot of storage spaces. The ergonomically designed seats are wide, well cushioned and have integrated head rests. The rear bench seat has folding facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume. Its driver’s seat has height adjustment function and comes with proper lumbar support. All the seats are covered with good quality fabric upholstery that further adds to its plush appeal. There are also elements like sun visors, drink holders, map pockets, and vanity mirror.
It gets a manually operated air conditioning system including a heater that keeps the entire cabin pleasant. The top end version gets automatic climate control unit, which also has rear AC vents. It is equipped with a foldable rear seat, desmodronic folding key with boot release and steering with tilt adjustment. In addition to these, it has intermittent wipers, electric boot release, compass and an inclinometer. Furthermore, its advanced instrument cluster has a few functions like a digital clock, odometer, multi-tripmeter, distance to empty indicator, programmable speed limit buzzer, service reminder and a digital tachometer. Its mid range Dynamic option has electrically adjustable outside mirrors, external temperature display, tilt adjustable steering wheel and height adjustable driver’s seat. Its top end Emotion option has 60:40 split folding rear seat, leather cover for steering wheel including gearshift lever, rear window defogger with wiper and washer. Furthermore, it also has ambient lighting system on dashboard that adds to its elegance.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
The Fiat’s 140PS/210Nm 1.4-litre turbopetrol engine is quite a firecracker. There is very little lag from the engine, and when the turbo spools up at close to 2,000rpm, the car immediately lunges forward with smoking tyres and a handful of torque steer to deal with. When the engine redlines at around 6,500rpm, you shift to second and you’re back at squealing tyres and torque steer. The surge of power from the turbo is pretty obvious in the lower gears, whereas you’ll barely recognise the turbo kicking in at fourth and fifth. The car gets from 0 to 100 in 10.2 seconds, which feels quick from behind the wheel, but in my opinion, is a little slow for a 140PS turbocharged petrol engine.
What really lets this car down though, is the gearbox. The Fiat Abarth Avventura uses the same rubbery 5-speed manual from the Avventura and Punto, which really saps a lot of the power before it gets to the wheels. The gearbox isn’t precise and doesn’t give you that performance-oriented feel you would expect from a hot hatch.The engine is quite friendly and isn’t a lot of hard work when in traffic, although you would have to constantly shift between first and second in crawling traffic because of the gear ratios. It felt more at home on the highway as it cruised comfortably at 110kmph with 2,500rpm, with all the power ready to be delivered as soon as you step on it.
RIDE AND HANDLING
Whenever you come to this part of a Fiat car review, you know things are extremely positive and praises are a plenty, same is the case with the Avventura too. The ride and handling balance is just fantastic, the car is so eager to drive on both good and bad roads. Fiat has re-tuned the suspension to tackle the added 60 kgs of weight. The Avventura also gets a rear anti-roll bar and the vehicle delights with the way it handles. In spite of the raised height, handling is crisp and body control is simply fab. The suspension handles bad roads with ease although subjecting it to the post monsoon roads of Mumbai did lead to some sort of vibes.
There is some stiffness but that in no way hampers the ride quality, it’s still a car which will keep you comfortable over the worst of tarmac. The steering has just the right feel, it’s precise and the hydraulic unit is feedback rich. The Avventura might be heavy but it doesn’t feel as heavy as you would expect. What really impresses is the grip on offer, the 205/55/16 Goodyear Eagle NCT5 tyres have so much grip (with the chassis supporting it), that you can dive into corners carrying insane speeds and it just goes, no tyre screeching, no understeer, just pure grip and delight. The car is stable at speed and that’s in spite of the higher ground clearance which also means no worries on the worst of speed-breakers. The brakes are fantastic and stopping power is in plenty.
The Fiat Avventura has been loaded with couple of important safety features like Dual front airbags with passenger side deactivation system, ABS and EBD, height adjustable seat belts and also driver height adjusts.
According to the pricing and details the new Avventura is actually positioned to compete with the popular Ford Ecosport in India while we have to keep in mind that the Avventura uses the same platform of the Punto hatch. It offcourse has been slightly tuned mechanically too handle a little offroading but this front wheel drive vehicle is not an ideal offroader even Fiat themselves is calling it an urban contemporary vehicle. Styling wise this is the best looking Crossover available in the Indian market right now and Fiat has actually taken a lot of time to give it its perfect shape and stature.
Fiat Avventura Ex Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 7,10,845/- (Avventura Active 1.3L MULTIJET Diesel) to 9,74,529/- (Avventura 1.4L T JET Petrol).Fiat Avventura has 4 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Fiat Avventura comes in 6 colours, namely Bronzo Tan,Exotica Red,Hip Hop Black,Minimal Grey,Pearl White,Zafferano Orange.