Fiat Doblo review - Interior, design and technology
The Doblo feels built to last but it looks like a van and some of the passenger car creature comforts are missing
There’s no escaping the fact that the Fiat Doblo looks like a van. That brings advantages in terms of the amount of space that the boxy body crams within the confines of a relatively small footprint but also drawbacks in terms of a perceived lack of style and desirability.
Make of the exterior looks what you will, the interior is what the Doblo is all about. The materials are tough and hardwearing but generally not up to the high standard we’ve come to expect from modern passenger cars.
The minor controls are simple to operate but again, there’s a lack of finesse in the design. In fairness, this is common across the van-based MPV segment and the Doblo hides its commercial vehicle origins better than some, you just need to be able to look past the rough edges to the Doblo’s practical strengths.
Equipment wise, the entry-level Pop model is quite basic with steel wheels, a CD stereo, electric front windows, a split folding rear bench and not a lot else. At Easy level, body coloured bumpers are added along with audio controls on the steering wheel, an extendable load compartment cover and a power socket in the back. Electric rear windows make their first appearance on the Lounge models with rear parking sensors, alloy wheels and cruise control. The Trekking spec adds off-road styling accessories, roof bars and the Traction+ electronic differential for extra grip on loose surfaces.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
There’s no built-in sat-nav system on the Fiat Doblo in the UK, which feels like an oversight. The best you’ll get from the options list is the preparation for an aftermarket TomTom sat-nav system. Fiat’s Blue&Me handsfree infotainment and phone system is fitted on Lounge models and above but there's no DAB radio.
In this review
- 1Fiat Doblo reviewThe Fiat Doblo is a van-based MPV with lots of space that’s better to drive than you might expect
- 2Engines, performance and driveDon’t expect blistering pace but the Doblo’s diesels are up to the job and the drive is better than you’d think
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsFuel economy is nothing to write home about but the Doblo should be tough and otherwise cheap to run
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Doblo feels built to last but it looks like a van and some of the passenger car creature comforts are missing
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThere’s a lot of room in the Doblo, but it’s a shame so much of it is located above your head where it’s not as useful.
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe basic safety kit is standard and the Doblo should be reliable, if only because there’s little to go wrong.