Lancia Ypsilon 1.3 JTD Gold test (I)
This week we are testing for you the New Lancia Ypsilon. The Lancia Ypsilon is the utility of the Italian brand - owned by the Fiat Group - and one of its most historic vehicles. The first Lancia Ypsilon Lancia Y10 was simply called, and it was just a Autobianchi Y10. Autobianchi was bought in the early 80s by Fiat and Y10 was its latest product, already integrated in the range of Lancia. He was very successful, and was replaced in 1996 by the Lancia Y, and 100% product Fiat.
The Lancia Y was a successful product, built on the platform of the Fiat Punto and soon a reputation earned utilitarian chic, but affordable. His successor was already called Lancia Ypsilon, and it has been selling since 2003. Today, shares the end of their commercial life with the new Ypsilon. Its design is still an evolution of the appearance of the Lancia Y, and although sales have not been high in Europe, has been the second best-selling vehicle in Italy, behind only the Fiat 500.
The new Lancia Ypsilon was presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 and is only offered in five-door body. Evolves slightly in size with respect to its predecessor, but still has a small size, is the smaller segment B. The above Ypsilon was based on the chassis and Fiat Punto II manufactured in Termini Imerese (Sicily), but Ypsilon employs the current platform Fiat 500 and occurs in Tichy, Poland, next to this.
In Diariomotor we tested a Ypsilon with Gold finish, intermediate range within the Ypsilon equipped with 1.3 JTD turbodiesel engine. This engine is the most powerful of the range, with 95 hp and the most economical in consumption. The test unit was newly registered, and pick it up at the headquarters of Fiat Automobiles its odometer showed Spain just over 2,500 km. Let's see what tells us their design and interior roominess.
Italian chic, small, cozy, 100%
Look at him well. He Lancia Ypsilon It is a car made for the city, where it moves like a fish in water. Its appearance is coqueto, chic, trendy. Not clash at all in the chaos of central Rome and not be out in a Milanese Galleria exposed. Its design is an evolution shown by his predecessors, especially with regard to the chrome grille, one of their main hallmarks. The bonnet shape is also very characteristic.
Its side profile is anything but bland thing is packed with nerves and the shape of the teardrop-shaped glass surface gives a very elegant touch. 15-inch wheels seem to me somewhat small, about 16 inches would be more harmonious. The rear has two beautiful LED optical actually achieved. there are small touches of Italian design scattered throughout the car, such as a logo mounted on the B pillar or C-pillar integration
The rear emblem is mounted on the round window, little usual solution. It is in short a very charming and attractive car, but there is something in its proportions that I just not 100% fit. Maybe it's something to have a short wheelbase and a fairly large front overhang, or maybe the size of your tires, but I see prettier his predecessor. In any case, look left and passenger compartment - as we shall see - well above expectations so let's see what it offers.
High quality interior, although somewhat small
I settle into the driver's seat, which is wrapped in a nice velvet fabric, not Alcantara. The seat is very similar to the Fiat 500, and seems rather short narrow sidewalk level. At least I have enough headroom, something even with my knees pressed against the center console. Mido 1.83 and I'm not narrow constitution, a somewhat smaller person would find more comfortable. The driver's seat is adjustable in height.
The steering wheel is adjustable in height only, I have a little far for my taste. The dashboard layout is unusual for a utility, but is similar to the previous generation Lancia Ypsilon. Smart instrumentation is in central position, so we find behind the wheel no more than the plastic of the dashboard. I have no complaint of qualities, in fact, have far exceeded my expectations. the dashboard and doors are lined with a soft touch and excellent fit plastic: much better than a Fiat 500 are.
The center console is covered with a hard plastic and satin wrapped steering wheel is a very nice leather. If we add to this a chrome handles the impression we get is that of sitting in a vehicle with premium touches, which basically it is what Lancia looking for. However, there are some weaknesses, as the rails of the front seats are very visible from the rear or handle of the glove, cheap and flimsy feel.
Details that are easily forgotten. The instrumentation is mounted in the center of the dashboard, and has two large clocks for the speedometer and tachometer, with two small central clocks for water temperature and fuel level. It is large enough and has good visibility, although seeing the speedometer as difficult angle is normal to overestimate the speed at which we move on, which is beneficial otherwise face possible fines.
The interior is beautifully finished with premium touches. The steering wheel is adjustable for height only.
The setting makes the speedometer at 120 km / h have the feeling of going "toppling needle," but it makes more visible the range of urban speeds, which is what you want in a car of this kind. The shifter is quite useful - Just a foot steering wheel - and the curious knob engage the gears makes it simple. Again, it is made for people with small hands, me makes me personally something small.
Under the center console hollow for placing objects, although not large and susceptible to rolling objects, the background is not rubber. We have space for two cans and making the system Blue&Me, where we can "click" a pen-drive USB with our music. The doors do not fit large and small bottles are tight. The glove box is small. In this regard, the storage compartments are not the forte of the Lancia Ypsilon, more practical cars to this effect.
Two right rear seats and a large boot
The two rear seats could be three, it is an option at no extra cost which includes folding rear backrest 60/40 configuration. Our unit had four seats. The rear headrests are an extra pack with five seats. It is a lack of security that should be remedied, is the same problem with the Fiat 500. At least, relatively large spaces for two. Space for my legs is short, but I'm not tight, and I'm not low.
My head is very close to the ceiling, but at least it will not rubbing him. The rear window is small, conditioned by the car's design. The back door has no hollow slide, and the only place to place objects are the "on" behind the front seats or the central cup holder. The trunk of the new Lancia Ypsilon has 245 liters of capacity, which it is more than the 500 (185 liters) and less than the Nissan Micra (265 liters). It is average in volume.
It has 245 liters of luggage space, the segment average. No rear headrests carries standard.
Their forms are more or less regular and the loading mouth has good access to high level, although it is somewhat cramped if we want to load large objects. It folding down the rear seats a planar load is not obtained, but we can load more bulky loads. Tomorrow we will continue with the review of its dynamics. In anticipation, we can tell you that the best are the ridiculous consumption 1.3 JTD engine, the lowest I've ever experienced in all cars I've tested.
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