Fiat Doblo Leasing
Fiat’s Doblo offers no-nonsense MPV transport for five or seven folk and loads of luggage room. It could be all you really need.
A Fiat Doblo has always been more about sense than style. But the current version of this Italian family-sized van-based MPV might surprise you with its sophistication.
Why Would You Want One?
The commercial vehicle origins of the Doblo are clear to see, but the boxy dimensions pay dividends by giving the car version a vast carrying capacity. Not that there hasn’t been at least some attempt at car-like style. Blacked-out pillars create the 'floating roof' effect we've seen on many modern passenger models, while the large headlights and a deep grille add impact to the Doblo's front end.
In more recent times, Fiat has re-sculpted the front wings, the bonnet and the front grille. Plus, there have been revisions to the lights and bumpers, as well as a more stylish body-coloured moulding across the tailgate.
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Inside, this MPV retains its versatility and practicality. Five-seat models have a vast 790-litre boot (up to the parcel shelf) which can be boosted to a class-leading 3,200-litres when all the passenger seats are folded down. Even the parcel shelf does its bit: it can be positioned at different levels and can carry loads of up to 70kg. There’s the extra-cost option of extra third row seating if you want it.
On the road, the Doblo handles better than you might expect it to, courtesy of its segment-exclusive, bi-link independent rear suspension, with dual-rate shock absorbers, high-performance springs and a rear anti-roll bar, all tuned to provide a decent combination of ride and roll on most roads.
Fiat's Multijet diesel engine is a perfect fit in a vehicle of the Doblo's ilk and it forms the mainstay of the range. This 1.6-litre unit offers 105bhp and is the alternative to the entry-level 95bhp 1.4-litre petrol variant.
The Bottom Line
More than a million Doblos have been sold since the turn of the century and you can understand why given this MPV’s practicality and affordability. Of course, you might not like the squarical image, but if that's not an issue, then a Fiat Doblo lease is one way to be on the road in a People Carrier of understated quality.