Fiat Doblo (2010) Review

Fiat Doblo (2010) At A Glance

3/5

+Huge space. Massively practical. Great diesel engines. Decent ride quality and hardwearing interior.

-Can be noisy especially under hard acceleration. Styling not to everyone's taste. Lacks refinement.

New prices start from £14,400
Insurance Groups are between 4–13
On average it achieves 89% of the official MPG figure

The original Doblo, launched in 2001, was little more than a van with windows. And there was nothing wrong with that, it was an honest, reliable car that proved great value for buyers looking for massive space on a small budget.

And now, nine years on, the 2010 Doblo has moved the game on. The best bits remain: it's incredibly practical, has a huge amount of space inside and comes with some excellent engines, but it's so much more car-like than before. That's because it now shares much with the Punto Evo on which it's based. It handles better, has a far more user-friendly and attractive interior and gets a whole raft of electronic goodies including ESP with hill hold function, hands-free phone connectivity and touch-screen Blue&Me TomTom satellite navigation. 

A lot more thought has gone into how it looks this time round, too, with a number of styling tricks that make you think that you're looking at more than just a van with windows. There's no getting away from the overall van-like shape, but Fiat has created a floating roof, large glazed side area and what on first glance seems like a huge screen at the back, all of which makes Doblo look far more interesting and differentiates it from similar models. Styling-wise it now has more in common with the likes of the Skoda Roomster and even the Kia Soul than other van-based cars.

All cars come with five seats and a huge boot as standard, but as with the previous generation model, it's possible to specify two seats in the huge boot space, turning it into an affordable seven-seater.

Engines come in the shape of a 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel. The two diesels are the pick of the range. They're powerful, punchy and incredibly efficient, keeping Doblo's CO2 emissions - and therefore running costs - down.

Real MPG average for a Fiat Doblo (2010)

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Average performance

89%

Real MPG

25–54 mpg

MPGs submitted

51

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I got a diesel van when I only do short runs and now the DPF keeps clogging. What petrol van should I replace it with?
"I made the mistake of buying a diesel Fiat Doblo van. I only do short runs and the DPF keeps clogging up, even a long run does nothing. What small van would you say is best? I'm looking at Citroen Berlingos but are the diesels as bad as my current van? Should I opt for a 2019 petrol Berlingo?"
In short, do not buy another diesel van. A modern diesel engine needs at least 15-miles per journey to heat up and enable the DPF to perform an active regeneration. Failure to do this will always result in a catalogue of expensive mechanical problems. For our top 10 petrol vans, see: https://vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-top-10s/top-10-petrol-vans
Answered by Dan Powell
Garage is telling me to look for a secondhand engine or scrap my van - what should I do?
"I took my Fiat Doblo (86,000 miles) for a regular service and MoT to my normal garage, who I feel are trustworthy. On that morning, and afterwards at the garage, the car was found to be misfiring and smoking quite a lot intermittently - sometimes white, sometimes black. They did lots of diagnostics and sent injectors off for testing but found they were not the problem. They seemed quite puzzled about it but eventually concluded after three weeks with the car that there was a lack of compression in the engine due to degeneration of the engine and suggested I either look for a secondhand engine or scrap the car. Does this sound like a reasonable cause of this sort of problem and is there any way to fix this without replacing the engine? "
I'd recommend getting a second opinion, as the lengthy diagnostics procedure suggests that the garage are not entirely sure what they are dealing with. You should be able to find one with our Good Garage Guide, here: https://good-garage-guide.honestjohn.co.uk/ There are a number of potential causes of compression loss and I'd expect the garage to pinpoint the cause, given the time they've had the van. If the engine is shot then it might be better to sell the van for spares online via eBay: https://vans.honestjohn.co.uk/buying-and-selling-a-van-on-ebay/ I wouldn't recommend buying a second-hand engine unless it is sold with a comprehensive stack of paperwork to prove its history. Many used engines are in a poor condition and you may end up back where you started with an engine that's in a similar condition to the one that's already in your van.
Answered by Dan Powell
What small van or MPV offers the quietest drive?
"Of the small van-based cars (Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Ford Tourneo Connect, Vauxhall Combo, Skoda Yeti, Fiat Doblo), which do you reckon offers the quietest drive?"
Small vans are not as refined as small cars, but a full size steel bulkhead will do a good job of muffling a lot of the usual road and wind noise. However, if you want seats in the back then the Skoda Yeti is probably the quietest (given that it's a car and not a van): https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/yeti-2009/ The Ford Tourneo Connect would comes in as a close second: https://vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/ford/tourneo-connect-2014/ The Volkswagen Caddy Life would also be a good option, but avoid DSG autos as these have mixed feedback when it comes to reliability: https://vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/volkswagen/caddy-life-2015/
Answered by Dan Powell
What cars offer removable seats?
"Can you please tell me which cars have completely removable rear seats? This is my chief requirement in picking a car."
The Skoda Karoq has this feature because it was a popular feature of the Yeti. Otherwise, van-based MPVs such as the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner (new ones on the way), Renault Kangoo combi, Mercedes-Benz Citan, Fiat Doblo combi, Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life.
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