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The Top Gear car review: Fiat Doblo

£13,335£25,452
4/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Big and square - good for carrying many things

Against: 

We’ve seen prettier profiles at bare knuckle boxing matches
The Fiat Doblo is a van with some glass in the sides. It may be big, it may be quite cheap, but it’s also got all the class and refinement of a hen night in Clacton.

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Our choice

Fiat

2.0 Multijet Eleganza 5dr

£17,880
N/A
50mpg
11.30s
135bhp
156g/km

What we say: 

Doblo desperately tries to ape the Citroen Berlingo, but doesn't quite get there

What is it?

The Doblo desperately tries to ape the Citroen Berlingo, but doesn’t quite get there. Interior space isn’t as good, and, in a class of munters, the Doblo still looks ugly. 

Driving

The Doblo has a leaf-spring suspension set-up, which means it’s exceedingly basic in the handling stakes. It’s also disproportionately tall, removing any vestige of mid-corner composure.

The leaf-spring suspension actually makes for a reasonably comfortable ride, but the general lack off refinement inherent in anything that started life as a commercial vehicle can’t just be papered over with a bit of colourful trim.

The 2.0 16v Multijet diesel does elevate performance to new dynamic levels for a Doblo - 11.3 secs 0-60 - but overall feel is still firmly in Transit territory.

On the inside

That commercial heritage comes with attendant advantages: it’s huge, bigger than ever. Seats-down you’ve got 3,200 litres to play with, which is officially ‘a lot’: the most in its class.

Van-based cars are usually pretty hard-wearing and the Doblo looks like it can take a fair bit of abuse. The interior plastics are grimly utilitarian though, a constant reminder that the original target audience was Italian builders.

Owning

It’s cheap to buy, reasonably cheap to run and easy to insure. But anything as unloveable as this is not what you’d call a bargain. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 Multijet Active 5dr
156g/km 47.9 135 £22,956
The cheapest
1.4 16V Pop 5dr
15.4s 165g/km 39.2 95 £13,335
The greenest
1.6 Multijet 120 Easy 5dr [Eco Pack]
12.1s 124g/km 60.1 120 £17,405

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

7/10

Citroen C3 Picasso

£13,435£17,665
Want something a little less, erm, vanny? How about a C3 Picasso? Not as spacious, but heaps cooler