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The Top Gear car review:Fiat Doblo
For:Big and square - good for carrying many things
Against:We’ve seen prettier profiles at bare knuckle boxing matches
2.0 Multijet Eleganza 5dr
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.
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.
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.