Fiat Doblo Panorama (source – 0-100.ro)
Fiat Doblo reached the second generation and is now almost 14 inches long and 11 inches wider than its predecessor, launched in 2000. Even so, size is not everything, so that passengers do not feel so good gauge growth machine.
Fiat has gone on the idea of “the bigger, the better” in his case Doblo. This concept is implemented in practice very difficult for a machine that draws on more than one higher power handling and lower, and customers already familiar with the first Doblo would be hard to convince to move to the new model. We’ll see if the new Doblo will be a commercial success or not …
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Fiat Doblo no longer has those traits that we have the old minivan model. So the passenger version, called Doblo Panorama, can easily pass as family car, especially as tested version has seven seats. Even so, it’s hard to like a car really is more developed in height than the width (1,845 mm vs.. 1832 mm).
Inside it feels like it’s been 10 years between the launch of the first and second Doblo. The latter is included in the latest trend: shiny surfaces, improved ergonomics, materials, more pleasant to the touch.
Headroom is unnecessarily generous. Can not even reach the ceiling with your hand when you sit on the chair.
Technology, comfort and amenities
Interior Fiat Doblo Panorama (source – 0-100.ro)The car is not packed with unnecessary features, but offers just as much need in this segment. Audio installation is decent, lively engine, and steering wheel and gear shift unexpectedly well fall into the hands of the driver. Until you get used to the car, interior space is shockingly high and you feel that the wheel is the funnel shaped interior.
All seats are spacious and suitable for soft, even those in the trunk.
Storage spaces are spacious and immense piece de resistance is the shelf above the windscreen where you can hide laptops, purses and more.
We said that size is not everything. In his case Doblo, the 14 extra inches of length is not felt at the third row of seats. Only some children could sit comfortably there.
Instead, greater length forces you to adopt a specific driving style truck drivers, that need to take wider turns to rub the edges with no rear wheels or, in Romania, to avoid rubbing the side doors of cars parked too near the corners of intersections.
On the road
Fiat Doblo Panorama (source – 0-100.ro)Doblo compensated by a very good dynamics, printed by the 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine with only 105 horsepower. This engine is unexpectedly agile and Doblo comes with Stop & Start technology, which automatically stops the engine when the car is stationary at traffic lights or in congestion and restarts when the clutch hit and want to start.
The thing about this technology is that when you accidentally turn off the engine is enough to press the clutch and restart instantly, without having to twist the key in the ignition.
Obviously, this engine is suitable for those who do not go every day with a full load. The maximum load conditions, the 105 horsepower would be powerless immediately.
Unfortunately, the engine and gearbox with six gears, which are a good pair, not helped by the suspension. Although it’s comfortable on our roads is felt quite strongly in the forward cabin and steering any unevenness. In addition, the driver wheels bounce if you feel any bump or hole somehow caught the general feeling that corner and stay after driving the car is that the wheels lose grip too easily.
Although it seems a niche in fashion actually vans transformation in family cars, with seven seats, came on almost all major carmakers generalist: Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner offers Ford van comes with Connect and Volkswagen Caddy Kombi.
At a price of EUR 23,500, the new Fiat Doblo in this test is included in the segment average. Spacious and comfortable interior, engine and make all the money, but the suspension and rear seats are cramped two minuses can not be neglected.
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