Doblo Cargo XL

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

 

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Doblo Cargo XL SX Van 1.6 Multijet 16V 105 

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Fiat Professional’s Doblo Cargo van range has just been expanded with the introduction of the New Doblo XL version. Following on from the Doblo Work Up launched last year, the New Doblo XL has added a high roof to the standard Doblo to broaden the appeal of the Doblo Cargo range. The combination of a longer wheelbase and high roof provides a load volume of 5.0 m3 and a payload of 1,000kg, which Fiat says will provide customers with a new proposition previously unavailable in this segment.

 

I was lucky enough to test the XL recently to see if Fiats claim, that it is a big van in a small package, with pretty much the same capacity as Fiats larger Scudo. On first site, it does look a little ungainly, but Fiat have actually done a pretty good job of integrating the higher roof line into the body. So good in fact, that I happily entered a multi-storey car park in my test van only to scratch the roof on exiting, something that has never happened to me before i.e misjudging the vans height.

 

As with the Doblo itself, Fiats builds quality in the XL is excellent & light years away from vans of yesteryear. Every part has a built-to-last feel, including the seats which are large, comfortable& offer lumbar adjustment on the driver’s side. The full height bulkhead means that the cab is quiet enough to speak on the Bluetooth Blue&Me system, although at motorway speeds & in the wet you might need to shout a bit to be heard properly. The 1.6 Multijet engine is surprisingly sprightly & when added to by a really smooth gear change achieves the Holy Grail of van driving by making the XL feel almost like driving a car. Those who are still unsure about Fiats reliability should be reassured by the service interval of 21,000 miles & the 3-year/120,000-mile warranty with three years of AA Assurance cover to keep you on the road.

 

The dashboard is well thought out & the instrumentation is clear & concise with a nice orange glow from the lights at night. In the cab, there’s overhead storage above the windscreen, twin door pockets and the seat base on the passenger seat lifts up to store documents inside. The entire cab feels just right & there’s loads of leg & headroom because of or despite of the fact that there are only two seats.

 

My Stop/Start model claims a combined fuel economy of 49.6 mpg, I averaged closer to 37 mpg during my test week, with C02 emissions of 150 g/km, which is highly impressive when compare with larger vans offering the same space inside & a similar payload.

 

What may surprise you is just how much standard equipment is now available on the Fiat Doblo Cargo XL SX Van, I’ve compiled a list. Don’t read it when holding your breath though.
12v front plug in socket, 16 inch wheels , 2nd sliding side door (offside), ABS, adjustable headlights, body coloured mirrors, bulkhead soundproofing, ceiling mounted storage shelf, driver airbag, electric heated mirrors, electric windows, fog lights, full width wheel trim covers, heated diesel filter, height adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, height adjustable steering wheel, high performance loudspeakers, high roof, load area PVC lining, locking fuel cap, nearside sliding side door, normal size spare wheel, panelled bulkhead, passenger seat undertray, power steering, radio/CD/ MP3 player, a rear 12v socket , remote control central door locking, rev counter , side rubbing strips & finally a single passenger seat with storage in cushion. Add ons which I would want will cost a few quid more & on my test van included a fixed steel bulkhead with a window £25, rear parking sensors £185, cruise control £135, a passenger airbag £175, side airbags £295, Start/Stop £225 & Blue&Me £445 & you now have a van that is better equipped than most small family cars.

 

From a practical perspective, the XL has a load volume of 5.0 cubic metres, with a 1000 kg maximum load, meaning that at it’s size & weight, there is nothing else to match the XL’s size & carrying abilities. The addition of two side sliding doors alongside the two opening at the rear make the XL highly practical for loading or unloading. Indeed, Caddy & Transit Connect drivers should take note because the XL beats both on space & payload.

 

So, my aim when testing the Doblo XL, was really to see if it could achieve what Fiat claimed it could, i.e combining a large load carrying ability, with excellent fuel economy in a small package, a bit of Jason Robinson if you will. The answer is most certainly yes, it can & with the added bonus of it’s excellent build quality & a fantastic warranty the XL should really be a van that all businesses look at if they’re looking to reduce their carbon footprint & fuel bill, whilst still keeping their fleets load lugging abilities at a maximum.

 

Give it to me…4/5.

 

On the road price ex-VAT £16,465
Engine 1.6 litre Multijet diesel
Power/Torque 105 bhp/290Nm
Economy (combined) with Start/Stop 49.6 mpg
C02 + Start&Stop 150 g/km
Loadspace length 2170 mm
Loadspacewidth 1714 mm
Loadspace height 1550 mm
Rear door height 1455 mm/width 1231 mm
Sliding side door height 1175 mm/width 700 mm
Load capacity 5m cubed
Payload 1000 kg
GVW 2460 kg

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