Fiat Doblo -

practical family


Fiat Doblo, front
Fiat Doblo, front
Fiat Doblo, side
Fiat Doblo, rear
Fiat Doblo fascia
Fiat Doblo rear

FIAT'S most recent Doblo people carrier, built since 2010, is family friendly and practical and although it's based on a van, is quite car-like to drive.

The original Doblo was rather ugly, with the front covered in black plastic, but this most recent one is far better looking and is available with two removable seats for the huge boot, making a seven seater.

And one owner told me that with two of the rear seats folded, he can get two mountain bikes in without having to take anything off them.

With five seats in place, there is massive loadspace in the boot and there is a also a huge amount of storage around the cabin.

All Doblos are cheap to run thanks to frugal engines, in particular the 1.6 MultiJet diesel which is good for 45-50mpg.

Engines are 95bhp 1.4 petrol, a 1.6 diesel with 90, 110 or 120bhp and a 2.0-litre diesel with 135bhp.

Best bet is the 1.6 diesel, which gives fair performance in such a boxy body and all have surprisingly good handling and road holding, together with a comfortable ride.

The driving position is car-like and comfortable, with good seat and column adjustment and although the interior is very plasticky, build quality is good.

There is a bewildering array of models and special editions, but the mid-range Dynamic includes stability control, hill holder, remote locking, front and side airbags, 60/40 split folding rear seat, height adjustable steering wheel, a CD stereo and electric front windows.


Price:Pay about £4,200 for an '07 07-reg Active, or £6,300 for an '09 09-reg Dynamic

Mechanical:105bhp, 1,598cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed:102mph

0-62mph:13.5 seconds

Combined MPG:51

Insurance Group:11

C02 emissions:145g/km


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