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Fiat Doblo Cargo XL van review – the chunky funky big small van

Story: Peter Witherington | Posted 21 May 2013 | In Featured Posts, Fiat, Van Reviews, Van Tests

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Verdict: Masses of space, a 1 tonne payload, great to drive, and most of all, excellent build quality.

Fiat Doblo

Yes it looks like a small van with a bit stuck on top – but they don’t come much more practical or better built than the Doblo

Fiat Doblo Cargo XL

What is it?

It’s chunky, it’s funky and it’s bigger than any other small van on the roads – here’s the new Fiat Doblo Cargo XL, latest variant from the stable that has spawned the likes of the Vauxhall Combo and WorkUp! truck.

When the latest Doblo first appeared on UK roads in 2010 it was a quantum leap forward over the old model, with superb build quality and ride and handling to match. It’s really put Fiat on the road to success in the LCV sector.

This new Titan is the same size as its bigger brother the Scudo. Payload is a full tonne

This new Titan is so large that it’s actually the same size as its bigger brother the Scudo. So, we wonder, is there any point in making it?

Well yes, of course there is. For starters it’s around a grand cheaper than the Scudo and as it’s a smaller and lighter van it has a better payload. We reckon it handles better than the Scudo too and is an all-round delight to drive.

Mind you, it’s only got seating for two, so if you need to conduct your business three-up, you’ll have to opt for the bigger van.

Under the bonnet of the Doblo XL goes Fiat’s tried and trusted 1.6-litre MultiJet common rail turbodiesel powerplant offering a meaty 105bhp and 290Nm of torque, which translates to a sprightly performance in the road.

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