Fiat Argo has come to replace almost all versions of the Palio (except Attractive 1.0) and the Punto. By the end of the year, it will be the turn of the Argo sedan (to be made in Argentina) to succeed the Grand Siena.
Despite competing in the compact segment (Palio seara), Argo has a Punto size. Both are 4 m long and almost the same between axes (2.52 m and 2.51 m from the Punto).
However, the rookie is 6 cm wider (1.75 compared to 1.69). The trunk has 300 liters, against 290 of the Palio and 280 of the Punto.
Argo is not a totally new project. According to Fiat, 20% of the hatch platform came from Punto and the remaining 80% were developed from scratch.
Even so, the brand claims to have paid attention to details little valued before, such as the discreet sound of the beat of the front doors.
Led by Peter Fassbender, the design team did a good job. Looking at the Argo from the front, there are similarities to other models of the brand: the headlights resemble the Mobi and the front features refer to the European Type.
Behind, the designer’s inspiration was noble: from the design of lanterns to crease that marks the shape of the trunk lid, the rear looks like a spoken portrait of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Even the large-print Fiat logo (characteristic of the brand’s latest designs) matches the style.
The interior trim surpasses all current Fiat compact cars and is almost identical to Toro and Jeep Renegade.
From the truck also came items such as the digital air instruments and buttons frame – however, in the utility, the system has two temperature zones – in the only one hatch.
The look is different from the Toro in both cases, but the pieces are the same. From the Type, came the central with 7-inch touchscreen, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, just above the three round air vents.
It is impossible not to remember the Mercedes A Class, even in the horizontal range of the panel, which changes color according to the version (red in the HGT and gray in the others).
The parts are well fitted from the entry version, and the first sensation is that of a top-class car.
Looking more closely though, it is noted that even in the HGT version there are no rubberized coatings – just rigid plastics.
The good driving position is not as low as on HB20, and not as high as on Onix. Interestingly, the Argo will have two types of height adjustments for the driver’s seat.
While most cars will come with the conventional adjustment, units with side airbags will have imported seats with millimeter regulation.
There is good leg room for two adults + one child behind, although it is difficult to travel comfortably if the occupants are up to 1.75 meters. It’s not big like Sandero, but it beats HB20, Onix and Punto. And it offers three-point belt for everyone.
There are three trim versions, three engines and three exchange options. The basic one is the Drive, with engines 1.0 Firefly (77/72 hp) (read here the evaluation), only with manual gearbox of five speeds, and 1.3 (109/101 hp) of three cylinders (we already walked), this with exchange Manual or five-speed GSR automated gearbox.
The Precision has the E.torQ 1.8 (139/135 hp), with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. These combinations also equip the HGT, which resuscitates the nomenclature of the ancient Brava. It was just this sports version that we drove.
On the outside, there are exclusive details, such as a red trim on the front (à la Mercedes A 250) and black arches on the mudguards. Although it does not disappoint, the HGT also does not instigate the driver to accelerate like in a hot hatch.
Even so, you can have fun with the precise steering and the exchange of short couplings. The automatic teller machine prioritizes comfort instead of sportiness.
On the test track, the Argo HGT needed 10.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h, taking 7.7 seconds to resume from 40 to 80 km / h. Fueled with gasoline, the hatch made 11 km / l in the city and 13.4 km / l on the road.
Fiat fans should be surprised is with the stability of the Argo. That’s because it has a tougher suspension than the brand standard. She was not demoted to HGT, but gained a special calibration.
Argo emerges as a strong contender for the title, as long as Fiat maintains the competitive prices announced at its launch. The entry version is Drive 1.0, priced at $ 46,800, and the most expensive configuration is the HGT 1.8 AT6, offered at $ 70,600.
Track test (with gasoline)
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 10.7 s
Acceleration from 0 to 1000 m: 32.3 s / 157.6 m
Return of 40 to 80 km / h (in 3rd): 7.7 s
Return of 60 to 80 km / h (4th): 11.9 s
Return of 80 to 120 km / h (in 5th): 22 s
Urban consumption: 11 km / l
Road consumption: 13,4 km / l
RPM at 100 km / h at 5th: 2,400 rpm
Internal noise (PM / Max RPM): 41.2 / 76.8 dBA
Internal noise (120 km / h in 5th): 69 dBA
Data sheet – Fiat Argo HGT 1.8
Engine: Front, cross, 4 cylinder, 1,747 cm3, 16V, 80.5 x 85.8 mm, 12.5: 1, 139/135 hp at 5,750 rpm, 19,3 / 18,8 mkgf at 3,750 rpm
Manual transmission, 5-speed, front wheel drive
Suspension: McPherson (front), torsion axle (rear)
Brakes: disc (front), drum (rear)
Steering: electric, 10,5 m (turning diameter)
Wheels and tires: 195/55 R16
Dimensions: comp., 400 cm; Width, 175 cm; Height, 150.5 cm; Between-axles, 252.1 cm; Weight, 1,243 kg; Tank, 48 liters; Trunk, 300 liters
Price: R $ 64,600 (manual exchange) / R $ 70,600 (automatic exchange)
Performance: 0 to 100 km / h in 9.6 s; Vel. Max, 190 km / h (official data)