Fiat Tempra - car review

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The Fiat Tempra is a medium-sized family car produced by the Italian company Fiat from 1990 to 1998. The new Fiat model has replaced the outdated Fiat Regata by this time. It was aimed at becoming competitive in the market for large family sedans, which at that time was dominated by such models as the Opel Vectra, Peugeot 405 and Ford Sierra. The main competitors in their class for the Fiat Tempra are Peugeot 306 and Ford Escort.

The car was competitively priced and generally considered the main budget alternative among recognized models in this sector, although some advanced options, such as the digital dashboard, were available. The first car Fiat Tempra was introduced in February 1990. It was built on the same platform as the Fiat Tipo (it was a small family car). The main body options available for the Tempra model were a 4-door sedan and a 5-door station wagon, but in Brazil a 2-door version of the station wagon was also available, which was equipped with a 4-cylinder 2-liter turbocharged DOHC engine.

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As for the transmission, 4-speed and 5-speed manual gearboxes were offered for Fiat Tempra, and in 1991 a 4-speed automatic transmission with two modes (normal and sport) appeared. In May 1990, simultaneously with the Fiat Marengo, a version with a station wagon was released - Tempra SW (Weekend) with a 1.8-liter gasoline engine with an output of 109 hp. (and since 1992, 105 hp with a fuel injector and catalyst).

In 1992, the wagon Fiat Tempra SW became available in a complete set with permanent all-wheel drive. Also, the car was equipped with ventilated front brake discs, solid rear discs and ABS system. In the same year, the diesel version of the Fiat Tempra station wagon came out, equipped with a two-liter 90-horsepower turbodiesel.

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In August 1993, changes were made in appearance. Fiat Tempra got a new grille. Also, work was done to improve the passive safety of the car. But the car underwent major changes a year later. The car received a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with a power of 90 hp.

The trim and equipment of the cabin were improved (the airbag was installed on the driver's side). In 1995, the production of Fiat Tempra in Europe was discontinued (giving way to Bravo / Brava models), but their production still continued in Brazil. As for the engines, in the list of power units were: 4-cylinder diesel engine with a volume of 1.9 liters and its turbo version; 2-liter 4-cylinder 8-valve engines (113 hp, and the version with the MPI Turbo turbocharger produced 165 hp); 2-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve power unit with 127 hp. It is worth noting that the car was pretty well equipped and inside: central locking, electric windows, electric mirrors, sunroof, heated windshield.

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The interior of the car is quite practical - the finish is average, without any frills, but everything you need is at hand. The dashboard is quite functional, the instrument readings are well read, but the location of the radio, the layout of switches and keys on the center console were not very convenient. The stiffness of the suspension affects the comfort and level of soundproofing of the cabin - when driving, especially on an uneven road, there are strong tremors, a noticeable noise and vibration. Of course, Fiat Tempra's workmanship, compared to its predecessor, the Fiat Regata, was at its height: the panels were tightly fitted to each other, and 70% of the body area was galvanized.

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