Fiat Doblo 2001 -2010
- Practical and spacious interior
- Decent ride
- Rear sliding doors
The Fiat Doblo first hit the market in 2001, with a similar van-derived approach to practical “family cars” as the Citreon Berlingo and Renault Kangoo.
Being tall and boxy means, the Doblo isn’t the prettiest car on the road and certainly doesn’t have a sporty look. However, the lack of aesthetics is made up for with enormous load capacity and ample cabin space for several adults to travel comfortably.
Designed for practicality, the Fiat Doblo 2001-2010 offers plenty of smart features to help with the day-to-day.
A sliding door mechanism ensures that entering and leaving the vehicle is effortless, even in the tightest of parking spots. It also makes loading the larger items much less of a struggle.
The Doblo also has a high-opening tailgate which provides a massive square opening to the boot of the car. In terms of storage space, the five-seater models can store up to 790 litres with the rear seats in place, or 3,200 litres when they are down. However, the seven-seaters have far less boot space, and with the two rear seats being on a bench they only fold forward, so they still get in the way.
Behind the wheel, the Fiat Doblo feels almost car-like, with excellent visibility of the road and a reasonably comfortable seating position. There is a fair amount of noise caused by the cars boxy dimensions and somewhat loud engines (especially at higher revs).
The interior has an upmarket feel compared to the Berlingo or Kangoo. However, quality on the earlier version isn’t nearly as good as models released after the 2006 facelift.
Passengers will be comfortable, whether in the front or back, with plenty of headroom for everybody. The Seven-seater models suffer a little in terms of legroom, and the rearmost seats aren’t very comfortable on longer journeys.
With a three-star NCAP rating for adult occupant protection and driver protection, the Doblo is ranked quite low compared to alternatives like the Berlingo.
The earlier models only had ABS, with electronic brakeforce distribution being an optional extra.
All models come with:
- Driver Airbag
- Passenger’s airbag
- PAS (Power-assisted steering)
The Doblo is a reliable car, with few gadgets to go wrong and reasonably priced parts servicing and repairs on the off chance something does happen.
All models are excellent when it comes to fuel efficiency and general economy driving. Engine sizes vary between 1.2L, 1.3L and 1.9L versions.
Earlier models had the option between the 65bph 1.2-litre petrol and 63bph 1.9-litre diesel. Both lack power and struggle to get to a sensible driving speed, roughly 20.9s to get to 62mph. The maximum speed they can reach is 88mph.
In 2002 Fiat released a new 100bph 1.9-litre JTD diesel, which was soon replaced by a slightly more powerful 105pbh version. The new engine was a massive improvement to the originals with being able to do 49mpg and go from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds.
During the same timeframe, a 70bph 1.3-litre MultiJet engine was introduced to replace the original 1.9D model. Though not the quickest at 16 seconds to reach 62mph, it was very fugal with 51mpg achievable.
Our option about the Fiat Doblo 2001-2010
With a van-like appearance, the Fiat Doblo 2001-2010 models feel quite sophisticated to drive, though it’s not the most rewarding to drive. The steering lacks weight but still feels responsive enough for a relaxing ride. Overall, the Doblo performs well on rough roads and at higher speeds. The drive is comfortable, and the exceptional amount of boot space in the five-seater versions is hard to overlook.
Compatible Fiat Doblos
Fiat Doblo (2001 - 2010)
Fiat Doblo (2010 - 2014)
Fiat Doblo (2015 - Present)
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