Fiat are launching eight versions of the new Doblo
Fiat are launching eight versions of the new Doblo, featuring seating for up to seven people when it goes on sale this month, with prices ranging from just £12,295 to £17,145 . As well as a new appearance, all have a new rear suspension for more comfort, and a huge 790-litre boot that can be expanded to a class-leading 3200 litres.There is a choice of three engines, the 1.6 16 valve and 2.0-litre turbodiesels have Fiat’s MultiJet technology to combine best-in-class fuel consumption and exhaust emissions with decent performance. They also feature a new six-speed manual gearbox while the 1.6 will also become available with an automatic gearbox. Five seats come as standard but a third row can be specified to bring the number to seven. ESP Electronic Stability Programme is standard, along with ABS and EBD Electronic Brake Distribution to maximise stopping power. Also standard fit are front and new full-size side airbags. Height and reach adjustable steering wheel, rear head restraints, electric front windows, remote central locking and a radio/CD player are included in all models. Climate control is available too, as are cruise control, parking sensors, anti-whiplash front head restraints and the Blue&Me handsfree system, a must with current driving laws. At 4.39m, it’s 137mm longer than the model it replaces, and Fiat have boosted the wheelbase by 172mm to a class-leading 2.75m, yielding more passenger space. This space is easily accessible as the Doblo comes with twin sliding rear doors as standard. The Doblo is a new addition to a crowded marketplace of similar cars such as the Ford Focus C-Max and the Vauxhall Zafira. However, the starting price of the Fiat Doblo puts it at an advantage to a lot of competitors to the tune of several thousand pounds. Worth a look.