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FIAT Launches a Bigger Berlingo

Sat, 23 Jun 2001
The FIAT Doblo Combi is now officially on sale in the UK as from today. Boot space floor to parcel shelf is a huge 750 litres and folding the back seats releases a cavernous 3,000 litres. That's 200 litres more than the Berlingo and Partner and 400 litres more than the Kangoo.

The vehicle itself is 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 is limited to 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. The 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 is 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.

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