Fiat Doblo (2001–2009)
Utility estate designed to look like one. Boot space floor to parcel shelf is a huge 750 litres and folding the back seats releases a cavernous 3,000 litres (200 litres more than the Berlingo and 400 litres more than the Kangoo).
Relatively compact at 4,160mm long, 1,710mm wide and 1,800mm high (13ft 8ins x 5ft 7ins x 5ft 10ins).
Power steering with just 2.2 turns lock to lock and a tight turning circle of 10.5 metres help make manoeuvring stress free. 700mm (27.5 inch) wide sliding rear side doors and high rear seats make it easier for the elderly or disabled to get in and out. At 1,245mm (4ft 1ins) high and 1,231mm (4ft 0.5ins) wide the rear door aperture is also bigger than the Berlingo, Partner and Kangoo. The rear load sill is just 21 inches from the ground.
Engine choice of a 65bhp 1,242cc petrol which delivers 75lb ft (102Nm) torque at 3,500rpm or a 63bhp 1,910cc IDI diesel which churns out 87lb ft (118Nm) torque at 2,500rpm. The petrol model has a top speed of 88mph, gets to sixty in 17.5 seconds, emits 183g/km CO2 (£140pa VED) and manages a combined consumption of 36.7mpg. Original diesel also does 88mph, but takes about 19.5 seconds to get to sixty, emits 191g/km CO2 (£160pa VED) and squeezes 39.2 miles out of a gallon on the combined cycle.
Air-conditioning (optional on SX, standard on ELX) increases the CO2 output of the diesel to 204g/km. Remote central locking, height-adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable drivers seat with adjustable lumbar support, dash-mounted gear stick, two dashboard accessory power points, driver and passenger airbags are standard on all models. ELX models have five three-point seatbelts, alloy wheels and air conditioning. Air-conditioning optional on the SX at £651, and ABS with EBD are optional extras on both models at £564. Prices are: 1.2 petrol SX: £8,694.65; 1.9D diesel SX: £8,949,65; 1.9 diesel ELX: £9,995.
Uprated diesel announced February 2002 with 1.9 litre JTD common rail injected engine developing 100bhp and 201Nm (148 lb ft) torque at 1,500rpm. This gets to 60mph in just over 12 seconds, goes on to 104mph and emits 168g/km CO2, which pulls it back to the £150pa VED bracket. Combined fuel consumption is 44.1mpg. Load capacity remains a class leading 3.2 to 3.8 cubic metres, payload weight is 625kg and for an extra £176.25 payload weight can be increased to 850kg.
Prices start at £9,585 for the SX, rising to £10,629 for the ELX which has body coloured bumpers and a lifting tailgate instead of twin rear doors. Prices for 1.2 litre petrol engined Doblo utilities start at £8,695. A long list of optional extra includes air conditioning at £651, ABS at £564 and reverse parking sensors at £117.50. Curiously, Doblo Cargo vans are much more expensive, ranging from £10,074 for the 1.2 petrol to £11,895 for the SX JTD, though VAT on these is usually reclaimable by VAT registered businesses.
Revised range from April 2004 with improved interiors, upgraded specs, two new engines, and the introduction of a new 7 seater Family version: the cheapest new 7-seater MPV on the market.
From May 2004, 1.3 litre 16-valve 70 bhp MultiJet turbodiesel. 2004 Doblo features a two-tone, black over light blue dashboard, a choice of four new cloth trims, and four new exterior colours - Sky Blue, Astro Blue, Opal Green and New Black - plus a full-height tailgate fitted as standard across the range.
Standard equipment upgraded for 2004. In addition to an existing specification which includes electric front windows, remote central locking, driver and passenger airbags, a height adjustable driver's seat and armrest, and a stereo radio/cassette, Active versions now benefit from a 60:40 split/folding rear seat, a third rear seatbelt and three rear head restraints.
Family versions boast the same standard specification as Active models, with the addition of two extra seats, ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD, front foglights, and colour coded bumpers and rear door pillars. Over and above the Active specification, Dynamic models now feature air conditioning, a stereo radio/CD player with 6 speakers, 14" alloy wheels, front foglights, and colour coded bumpers and rear door pillars.
Options list includes a high roof version, glazed double rear doors, front seat side airbags, heated electric door mirrors, a reverse parking sensor, ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD, air conditioning, a radio/CD player and CONNECT Nav + - Fiat Auto's unique communications system which is the most advanced infotelematic package on the market.
CONNECT Nav + is an on-line system that connects the driver to an extensive range of services via either manual control or voice commands. At the heart of the system is a live telephone connection to a contact centre manned by operators who, through automatic vehicle recognition, will speak the language of the country in which the car is registered. Operators will give the driver information on traffic and weather conditions en route, can find a bank, book a hotel or recommend a restaurant, and will even book airline tickets on request. If necessary, they will guide a driver step by step to a destination, send out a recovery vehicle, or jog the memory over diary appointments or anniversaries.
Information on a requested destination is transmitted by the operator to the Doblò's CONNECT Nav + system and displayed in the form of an icon on the screen. This information may then be opened, stored in the unit's directory, or entered directly into the satellite navigation system for immediate guidance.CONNECT Nav + features: A 192x80 pixel LCD graphic display. It includes an RDS radio with CD and MP3 music file playing functions, a trip computer, Dual Band GSM phone with handsfree operation and WAP Internet access, GPS independent navigation using pictograms and an SOS button linked to the Contact Centre for receiving information and assistance. It comes with a wide, 7", full colour active matrix display screen, and offers a map navigation system, atlas function and voice activated commands for the telephone and a voice memo.
2004 Fiat Doblò model range and pricing:
- 1.2 8v Active: £9095
- 1.2 8v Dynamic: £9995
- 1.3 MultiJet Active: £9795
- 1.3 MultiJet Family 7 seater: £10,595
- 1.9 JTD Active: £10,395
- 1.9 JTD Dynamic: £11,295