Fiat Siena - car review

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The four-door, front-drive sedan of the C-class Fiat Siena is assembled on the โ€œworld-wideโ€ Fiat platform W178, like the Palio, Weekend and Strada. The low cost of the car allowed FIAT to place factories for its assembly around the world: the small car is produced in Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Poland, India, South Africa, China, Vietnam and the DPRK. In the European market, the model is called Albea, in Latin America (enterprises in Brazil and Argentina account for the bulk of cars) Siena, in India Petra, in China Nanjing Fiat Siena and Nanjing Fiat Perla, in North Korea Pyonghwa Hwiparam.

The first generation of Fiat Siena was put on the market in 1996, the FIAT IDEA Style Center was engaged in its development. The second was launched in 2001, the third in 2004, and the fourth in 2007. The most dramatic changes affected the models of the II and III generations, when Giugiaro worked on their design. In October 2007, a facelift was performed for the front and rear of the body. The car received a new head optics and grille, elegant taillights in the style of Alfa Romeo, as well as the name Novo Siena. Dimensions of Siena 4135/1634/1425 mm with base 2373 mm and track 1418/1380 mm; in all respects they are inferior to the European analogue of Albea.

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The maximum capacity of 400 kg, and the amount of luggage - solid for such a compact car 500 liters. Standard equipment includes power steering, air conditioning, rear fog lights, power supply system, 2 front airbags, electric mirrors and front electric windows-lifters, immobilizer, painted in body color bumper and exterior mirrors. For an extra charge are available as options: climate control, radio, cruise control, navigation system, ABS, leather upholstery, etc. Salon Siena quite roomy for this class of car. Finishing materials are of sufficient quality and pleasant to the touch. The stylish dashboard is thoughtful and extremely functional, as it should be for an Italian car.

The ergonomics of the driverโ€™s seat and controls are good, the seat has two-way adjustment and good support, and the steering column is height-adjustable. Behind the smaller space, two adult passengers will feel comfortable here; to seat the third they will have to make room. The back of the rear seat is folded in parts in a ratio of 2: 1, which allows, if necessary, to place in the luggage compartment overall cargo. The model is distinguished by a good insulation, especially against the background of competitors classmates.

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The model is equipped with various engines: petrol 4-cylinder 8-valve Fire engines with a volume of 1.0 l (65 hp, 89 Nm) and 1.2 l (70 hp, 112 Nm), the latter can work on ethanol (71 hp, 114 Nm); Acceleration to hundreds of them, respectively, 17.5 / 15.4 / 15.0 s, and the maximum speed of 154/157/159 km / h. The more dynamic R4 16V 1.6 l (103 hp, 145 Nm) and R4 8V 1.8 l (106 hp, 171 Nm) are also installed. Siena with such engines gains speed of 100 km / h in 10.2 and 9.9 s, respectively, the maximum speed is 186 km / h and 187 km / h.

In addition, the lineup includes diesel 4-cylinder 8-valve engines with a volume of 1.7 liters (72 hp, 137 Nm), and up to 100 km / h they take 14.9 s with a maximum speed of 164 km / h Fuel consumption for all versions is small and ranges from 7.2 to 11.5 liters in the urban cycle. A five-speed manual gearbox is installed on the Siena, providing excellent selectivity for shifting gears. Optimally selected gear ratios allow maximum use of the engine. Suspension front independent MacPherson strut with coil springs and stabilizer, rear independent torsion bar with springs. Front ventilated disc brakes, rear drum; diameter 240/185 mm respectively.

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The standard tire size is 175 / 65R14. The car is easy to drive, quite dynamic, energy-intensive elastic suspension copes with the majority of road irregularities. Clearance is 140 mm. Siena is characterized by high safety standards: the car is equipped with ABS with the EBD brake force distribution system, which allows you to fully control the car, preventing the wheels from locking even during emergency braking. Additional PB and fire protection system FPS are also installed.

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