The adventurous wave took a large share of the car market before the era of SUVs. Off-road versions of the vehicles were a more viable option for those who didn’t have the money, or didn’t want to have a large vehicle like a sports utility vehicle. Fiat Uno was one of the knives that hit this segment for a long time with the Path version.
The fact is that the compact “street light” option followed the same cake recipe. Both in the first and second generation hatch. High-quality suspension, mixed-use tires and various frames to make the driver look like a jeep were an invincible fact on the Fiat Uno Trail.
A little history of the Man
The first Uno was born in 1984 and was considered revolutionary for the compact segment. It had more interior space than rivals at the time, an aerodynamic coefficient (Cx) of 0.35 and a design signed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. In addition to being released just one year after its debut in Europe.
In the 1990s, the compact was developed into a popular car era. With the new IPI tax policy, which benefited models with engines up to 1,000cm³ in displacement. Uno Mille emerged, who remained alive until 2013.
Uno Botinha Ortopédica became Fiat’s access car and even co-existed with the second generation hatch. Designed in Brazil, the new model was launched in 2010 and adopted a square style with a rounded contour.
It may not have had the same success as its predecessor, but it also sold well, thanks to the cost/benefit ratio and various versions, such as the Adventurous Mode, and the two engine options previously. It ended in 2021, and around 4.4 million units were produced (both generations).
Adventurous Edition: The Fiat Uno Trail
The story of Uno Adventurous began in the first generation, in 2006, with the version of the Mille Way. The package offered a higher suspension, fender flares, as well as black-painted doors and pillars. Two years later it became the finished version.
The second generation of the Uno was born with the Njia version. Not one, but with two “jeep” options. The one with the 1.0 engine is equipped with higher suspension, headlamps with tinted lenses, longitudinal bars on the roof, door pillars and black front grille rings, moldings on the fenders and side moldings on the doors and the name of the version.
The 1.4 version arrived as the top version of the Uno line – later, it was superseded by the Sporting. In addition to having more power and equipment, the most complete variant of the hatch adds, compared to the 1.0, mixed-use tires (with road) with 14-inch wheels.
In 2017, the Uno Path was redesigned along with the rest of the series. But the main news was the adoption of the engine from the Firefly line, with three and four cylinders, as well as options for an adventurous variant.
Interestingly, during the launch of the 2019 line – shown in the middle of 2018 – Fiat took the version of the Uno Way. Before the year turned, however, the brand revived the compact off-road light setup.
With the Moto Gear, the Uno is just as much play to get out of place as the four-cylinder 1.0. It is important to straighten the initial gears properly to start with the Uno Mode to try to get something out of 75/73hp of power.
Things get a little better with 1.4. It’s still a little underpowered in the lower turns of the facelift and retake. But the 88/85hp gives it more dignity to cruise around town.
The Uno way became another car with the advent of Firefly engines. Even with the 1.0 tricylinder with 77/72hp, the performance is much smarter, with more aggressive and efficient consumption.
The icing on the cake is Uno Way 1.3. The 109/101hp engine remains in the cart of 940 kg. Traffic light please, for 0 to 100km/h in less than 10 seconds, with speed recovery decorated with up to 14.2 kgfm of torque at 3,500 rpm.
It is good to say that in all options the Uno Mode faces another evil of Fiat cars. The manual gearbox, in addition to being of poor quality, has spongy and inaccurate joints. Which seriously weakens the car’s performance.
It is a compact hatchback and space is not the strong point of the second generation Uno. Up front, the seats moved to the center let you move side by side with the occasional passenger.
The slightly higher driving position makes up for it. Also, the controls are well placed and accessible to the driver. In the back seat, only two adults can go there. And plenty of leg and knee room. The trunk is small and has a volume of 280 liters.
it had two doors
The Uno, including the Path, was one of the last cars produced in Brazil in a two-door configuration. This appeared in the second generation hatchback in 2011. For those who do not live with a full car, it can be a used option that is a little cheaper and lighter in weight.
The Fiat Uno model left the factory in 2012 completely naked. But it is possible to find copies of the adventurous hatch on the used market – at prices between R$ 26,000 and R$ 34,000 – with several options offered.
In addition to air conditioners, electric windows, driver’s seats and steering wheel height adjustment, some cars are even sold with safety features, such as dual airbags and ABS. In 2012, they were still not required by law.
Uno Way Series
Uno had several series, but Uno Way received two very special editions. The Xingu appeared in May 2013. A tribute to the eponymous film that tells the story of the native Villas Boas brothers and the creation of the Xingu National Park, the hatch brings several distinctive features and additional accessories.
In the new Uno Mode, the stickers are on the belt line of the car and on the back side. Among the series items, power steering, fog lights, radio presets, climate control, gradient windshield, electric locks, electric front windows with one touch for the driver, trip computer and adjustments of seat height from the driver.
In March 2015, it was the turn of the Fiat Uno Way Rio 450. The special series honored the 450 years of the foundation of the Wonderful City. Unlike Xingu, the “carioca” version was only sold with the 1.0 engine.
Among the visual aids, stickers on the bodywork and features referencing the face in profile, a symbol of 450 years of Rio. The print is also seen emblazoned on the front seats. The package is completed with light alloy wheels and new colors on the front grille rings, which follow the tone of the glass covers.
One Way Maintenance
Fire engines are easy to maintain and parts are easy to find. Check out some prices of Fiat Uno Way 1.4 2012 features:
- Set with 4 front brake pads: from BRL 60 to BRL 100
- Set with four spark plugs: from BRL 65 to BRL 110
- Fuel pump: from BRL 200 to BRL 360
- Oil change kit (3 liters 5w30 + filter): from BRL 150 to BRL 200
- Rear shock absorber: from BRL 280 to BRL 500
- Rear bumper: from BRL 170 to BRL 300
- Right lamp: from BRL 200 to BRL 300
Fiat Uno owners often complain a lot about early wear of the clutch system. In addition to leaks in the cabin caused by defects in the air conditioning evaporator, which accumulates water.
Also be aware of plastic parts, which are quite fragile. It is common for interior door handles and dashes to break. Also note strange noises in the suspension and steering, and keep an eye on the electrical part.
- for replacing air bags in models made between 2010 and 2017;
- for updating Uno arrow key software from 2014 to 2018;
- for the replacement of the electronic control unit, fuel pump and ignition coil in vehicles model year 2016/17;
- replacing the alternator in Fiat Uno produced between 2016 and 2018;
- replacing the gearbox of covers manufactured in 2017;
- for replacing the gear selection sensor of units manufactured in 2017 and 2018;
- for the replacement of relays of models made in 2018 and 2019;
- for replacing the fuel pump on a Fiat Uno manufactured in 2021.