Turin is one of those cities that is undoubtedly associated with cars, not just because it is the home of Fiat, but also because most Brits with associate Turin with the legendary crime caper the Italian job. So is there any reason not to pick up a red, white or blue mini at the airport?
Conclusion — Do you need a car in Turin? There is plenty to enjoy within the city of Turin itself and nearby without needing a car, but to do your own modern version of the Italian Job (we hope without the bullion robbery), getting a hire car is a must. It would be rude to do it any other way.
Verdict — yes.