The Fiat Fiorino Cargo and Combi are compacted one-box urban refrigerated vans that have a payload capacity that will leave you pleasantly surprised. It is an eco-friendly refrigerated van that offers quick and nimble performance that can maneuver well through urban areas. The Fiorino Combi refrigerated van also offers an extra seating row that fold forwards for extra space.
The Fiorino has a 1.4 litre engine, with 73bhp and combined fuel economy of 44.1mpg. Although, most will choose the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engine, which comes in 75bhp or 95bhp. The Fiorino refrigerated vehicle drives through a standard five-speed manual gearbox to the front wheels, although an automated Comfort-Matic version comes as a choice with the 75bhp diesel engine. This allows for automatic gear changes without the losses you’d get with a full automatic transmission.
For such a small refrigerated vehicle, the Fiorino has a spacious load bay. The 2.5 cubic metres of load volume can be can be made even bigger – 2.8 cubic metres – by folding forward the passenger seat. The van has a single sliding door, and a second is optional on Cargo models (£200). The Fiorino offers a greater payload than the refrigerated Fiesta: up to 660kg. This trumps the 550 offered by the Fiesta. This is competing with higher class vans, such as the Renault Kangoo and the Citroen Berlingo, making the Fiorino an ideal vehicle.
The Fiorino Combi refrigerated vehicle is certainly a versatile one. Available in two versions, the Combi offers M1 (car specification) seating for a crew of five and a 175kg load capacity, or N1 (LCV) for a crew of four, and 293kg of payload. A ladder comes as issue on the refrigerated Cargo models. Roof bars are also standard issue on the Adventure models, but cost £110 on the other models. The Fiorino medium fridge van has a towing capacity of 1,300kg.
Driving and Performance as a Refrigerated Van
The Fiorino is a refrigerated vehicle that does not fare well on long distance motorway journeys – bare this in mind if this is how your business works. Although, the quick engine performance and smooth steering make the Fiat an enjoyable refrigerated van to drive in short urban bursts. The gearbox is a delight to use, while the Comfort-Matic automated gearbox makes for decent progress.
Cab and Interior
Despite its small frame, the Fiorino refrigerated van is a robust and spacious area for drivers. The run-of-the-mill refrigerated van has a fairly understated interior, with weak breakable plastic spaces. The adjustable steering wheel, headrest, and lumbar adjustment, means that in the Fiorino, one size fits all. The SX trim adds internal central locking, electric windows and mirrors, and a rear compartment lock in the cab. If you choose the Adventure, as well as what we stated previously, you’ll also get Traction+ with ESC electronic stability control, roof bars and bigger wheels. Moreover, a Tecnico version of the Fiorino, available only with the 75bhp diesel engine, has fog lights, reverse parking sensors, stop-start, and air-conditioning. At £13,190, the Tecnico model is £750 more than a similarly powered Adventure model, meaning that the Adventure model of the Fiorino is the best refrigerated vehicle to opt for in this particular series.