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Fiat Freemont Lounge (2013)

by John Ewing,reviewed October 2013

The Dodge Journey has had limited success capturing local buyers’ hearts.

Time will tell if consumers react more positively to its clone that wears the Fiat badge and the name Freemont.

It’s affordably priced and with a reasonable equipment list, especially on top specification Lounge models, plus there’s the option of seven seats on all versions.

Inside the Freemont Lounge’s boxy bodywork there’s decent space, though the third row isn’t ideal for adults. Row three folds away flat, while row two slides and folds flat.

There are also thoughtful practical features, including integrated child booster seats (similar to Volvo), a torch that recharges in its holder in the cargo area side panel, good overhead lighting in all rows and the tailgate, and handy oddments stowage.

Road manners are predictable, albeit slightly ponderous and devoid of real finesse or excitement. A cushy ride that soaks up most imperfections is the on-road high point.

Petrol models get a 2.4-litre engine instead of the Journey’s 3.6-litre V6. Its performance is only just adequate with two passengers, and a full load will tax its abilities further. Highway passing would need careful planning.

The optional 2.0-litre turbo-diesel is more convincing, feeling more responsive and with better torque characteristics. However, there’s no auto to mate with it – it's six-speed manual only from $25,990.

Fiat Freemont Lounge 2013

For

Price, seven seats available, equipment, practical features

Against

Leisurely performance, interior finish, spacesaver spare

Key features

Dual-zone climate-control, 19” alloys, bluetooth with audio streaming, 380W Alpine audio, leather trim, navigation, keyless entry/start, rear view camera and rear park sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, six-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, rollover mitigation, anti-lock brakes, active front headrests, hill holder, integrated child booster seats (outer rears)

Car Details

Vehicle make Fiat
Vehicle model Freemont Lounge
Vehicle type SUV Under $40,000
Year 2013
Price when new $30,300 (standard six-speed auto)
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 2.4-litre, DOHC petrol, 4-cyl
Max power 125kW @ 6000rpm
Max torque 220Nm @ 4500rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 11.0 seconds (turbo-diesel)
Economy ADR 9.8 litres/100km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.