The Fiat Doblo is an inexpensive and very practical MPV. It is an alternative to models like the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter, and like them the secret to both its relatively low price and immense practicality is that it’s based on a truck – the Doblo Cargo.
Back in the day, people used to underestimate MPVs as nothing more than window vans because, in the Doblo case, that is exactly what it is. I think that is exactly what makes it so sweet, too.
The wider market for van based MPVs sees the Fiat Doblo come up against the Citroen Berlingo Multispace, Peugeot Partner Tepee, Renault Kangoo, Ford Torneo Link and others. Yet buyers can also find it alongside small car platform-based MPVs such as the Vauxhall Mervia and Ford B-MAX. Usually, these types of cars are much more compact than the Fiat, but they are also much more costly and less spacious. The MPV sector based on van is essentially a route for minimum cash to optimum cabin space.
Best 7-seater cars to purchase now The Fiat Doblo range starts off with a 1.4-liter 94bhp petrol engine and its diesel all the way from there. A 1.6-liter Multijet diesel occupies the majority of the line-up in 89bhp, 94bhp, 104bhp and 118bhp models but only the Multijet 95 (94bhp) and Multijet 120 (118bhp) are compatible with Euro 6. A dualogic automatic manual gearbox is generally available and only comes with the 89bhp diesel. In terms of specification packages, the Pop opens proceedings with a relatively standard package quota. We will also go for the Easy edition, which has body-colored bumpers, fog lights and audio controls for the steering wheel. You need to pay extra for the Easy Air which adds air conditioning, but that’s money well spent in a car with such an enormous glass area. The Lounge with its cruise control, parking assist sensors, updated stereo and side airbags is much better still. The Trekking is at the top of the line, with mild off-road style accessories and an electronic Traction + differential to find extra traction on loose surfaces. The main options to include on the Doblo are the high roof which extends the top of the vehicle for even more interior space, and the Family Pack which transforms the regular 5-seat Doblo into one of the cheapest 7-seater vans on the market with two extra seats in the boot.
Fiat Doblo is remarkably car-like and usually pretty easy to drive. The ESC automatically takes over in emergency cases, such as when you have to unexpectedly swerve to clear an obstacle. It tracks lateral acceleration, velocity, grip and angle of steering wheel. It collects the data and controls the torque and braking mechanism where appropriate in order to return the vehicle to full stability.