Fiat Doblo (2010) Review

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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.

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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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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/
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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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Should I get a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life or a Fiat Doblo?
"Which would be a better long term car, the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life or the Fiat Dolbo? I would be buying secondhand and keeping the car for 10 years minimum."
The Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life is better than the Fiat Doblo, so long as you choose a manual gearbox. The DSG boxes have a catalogue of reported problems and I'd always choose manual over an auto when buying used. It would also be wise to make checks about the DPF: https://vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-news/comment/van-drivers-urged-to-be-aware-of-dpf-issues-when-buying-a-new-van/ For more Volkswagen Caddy advice, see our buying guide: https://vans.honestjohn.co.uk/used-van-buying-guides/volkswagen/caddy-2010-2105/
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Need a low cost running car, with a large boot for my cycling business - what do you advise?
"I've started my own up-cycling business and I don't want to use a third party. My largest piece is 54-inches long and 45-inches high and pretty heavy, so needs to be able carry considerable weight. Considered a pick up truck but heard they are costly to run and it would also have to be a double cab. Hope you can help advise me."
You're only talking 4' 6" here, but 3' 9" high. I think your best bet is a Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Renault Kangoo, Fiat Doblo, Mercedes-Benz Citan, Vauxhall Combo, Ford Connect van or combi (with windows). All have low load floors. Combis such as the Berlingo Multispace tend to be cheaper to insure and the rear seats can be folded or totally removed.
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