Fiat Scudo Crewvan L2 130 Comfort
What is it?
It stands to reason that the more work you can get out of a van, the more cost-effective that vehicle is.
That’s why we are seeing such a proliferation of crewvans at present.
Users have cottoned on to the fact that they can buy a single vehicle and lug around five burly blokes and a load of kit whereas maybe before they had to have two vans or a van and a car. Asda price!
You’ll be spoiled for choice if you want to buy a crewvan. Most of the van makers nowadays are offering them and Fiat is no exception.
The only difference here as that whereas some of them have removable seats, the Fiat Scudo crewvan has a fixed bulkhead and separate loading area. That’s good if you want a nice quiet ride as you don’t get any noise interference from the cargo area.
Not so good if you want to yank out the seats and use the whole thing as a van. To be fair Fiat does offer an alternative with removable seats – the Kombi – but it has full glazing so is classed as a car and you won’t be able to reclaim VAT.
Our Fiat Scudo crewvan review model is the long wheel base version, which weighs in at £20,595 ex-VAT. There’s also a short wheelbase Crewvan variant offer at £19,795 but obviously there isn’t as much room in the smaller model.
There is seating for five and also a reasonable cargo volume of 3.6 cubic metres in the back.
Under the bonnet goes Fiat’s tried-and-trusted 2.0-litre Multijet common rail turbodiesel powerplant which offers 130bhp and 320Nm of torque, while promising to return 40.4 miles per gallon on the combined cycle.
- The obvious hot topic is this van’s raison d’etre – the fact that you can carry five people on board and still have 3.6 cubic metres of cargo in the back. As we stated earlier, it could mean that you could run one vehicle instead of two, in which case you would save a whole packet of money.
- Unlike some of its rivals, you don’t have to step up into the vehicle as it sits lower than, say, the Vauxhall Vivaro. If you do lots of deliveries, that can mean a whole lot less strain on the body of the driver. Meanwhile the seat and steering wheel adjust in all directions so every driver should be able to find a comfortable position.
- We like this van’s combined fuel economy figure of 40.4mpg. Even with a full load – and with a bit of careful driving – you should see a fuel economy figure in the mid-30s, and that’s not bad for a van this size.
- We also love Fiat’s MultiJet turbodiesel engine which gives sure, smooth power right up the rev range. The Scudo is quiet and refined on the road and while not exactly the best in class at cornering, its performance here is worthy enough for everyday usage.
- There isn’t an awful lot of legroom for the rear seat passengers. I’m over 6ft tall and I couldn’t sit with my legs straight ahead of me. That might be a big problem if you want to use this van to transport people over any distance.
- There was also a small but annoying rattle emanating from the bulkhead whenever I went over a bump. As this is a brand new vehicle, we can only assume that the noise will get worse over time. It shoudn’t be there at all on a modern van.
- Now the big Business Vans bugbear. Electronic Stability Program (ESP), that wonderful little device which stops sideways skids, is still on the options list at £370. Fiat has just made ESP standard on Ducato and we’d like to see Fiat filtering this down through its range. It’s going to be a legal requirement on all vans after September 2014 after all, so we don’t think this request is unreasonable.
- And talking of extras, the reversing sensors on our test van turned out to be a £150 option. It’s an essential item in our book as it will stop drivers backing into inanimate objects or even passers-by. Once you get used to having it, you really don’t feel safe without. Come on Fiat – show your safety colours and bung in on as a standard fitment!
Business Vans Verdict
The Fiat Scudo is a smart looking vehicle that tends to be overlooked, sitting between the smaller Doblo and the large Ducato.
But building and maintenance firms who opt for this “inbetweeny” Scudo Crewvan with its extra seating area won’t be disappointed in practicality or running costs.
The Scudo delivers on all these counts: and will keep delivering your workmen to their destination all day long.
What you need to know
|Basic price ex-VAT||£20,575|
|Load volume||3.6cu m|
|Towing capacity braked/unbraked||2000/750kg|
|Engine||2-litre 4-cyl diesel|