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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.

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