Ten Second Review
Fiat Dolbo Lease Review - One of the more unusual models in the Fiat range, this MPV has a love or hate styling that is a theme throughout the car. This is a bulky, boxy and generally very big, which lends itself more to a van outlook than it does a people carrier, with a font end that looks reasonable from the front but just peculiar from the side.
It has the usual range of Fiat engines, with the pick of the pack being the 104 bhp diesel engine. While the 89bhp is more economical and the usual choice for a Fiat MPV, the 104 has around the same pace as the range topping 2.9 litre petrol for a significantly reduced cost at the pump, while it is much smoother and quieter, although you will always hear any engine reverberate around that square body.
The ride is comfortable with plenty of give in the bumps, while the car isn’t unwieldy but neither is it nimble, and is going to require a little effort in the city. As you move inward you get an interior that looks hard and feels a little cheap, but has a very usable dash and is easy to clean, while visibility from the front and back is excellent and makes the space feel more normal than the exterior style. This style comes into play here, you won’t struggle for space for your upper body but the legs have little room. An interesting feature is the possible addition of a further 2 seats in the rear, bringing the total to 6, which are removable to gain access to a very large boot, although with an equally hefty tailgate that is going to take some opening.
You get almost nothing when it comes to standard kit, just a CD player and some electric windows in the front, but the range topping models have leather accessories and air conditioning, as well as electric windows throughout. This is a vehicle designed for either a family with a need for room or more likely a family with a need for a van, and either way it does as instructed with little really to go wild about.
With it's original design stemming from commercial vans the Doblo is a consumer car that performs like a pro. If you're looking for something practical that still keeps its looks then Fiat have put it on a plate for you here. It has a lot of room and is surprisingly well kitted out for what is essentially a no thrill vehicle. You get a good balance of comfort, modern conveniences and good driving performance.