Fiat Tipo356 points

Car of The year
Tipo was quite a shock in looks. But the design boldness of this tall hatchback was addressed to a new level of spaciousness in a compact car. What is more, its well conceived floorpan and rear suspension diverging from the ubiquitous torsional axle, gave birth to a whole generetion of models inside Fiat group. Limited luggage space and petrol engines rather poor did not mar a positive perception based in the courageous style, safe roadholding and, as usual in Fiat models, good value for money.