Four light vans to look out for: Fiat Doblo Cargo, Ford Transit Connect, Peugeot Partner & Renault Kangoo Van ZE

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017

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Fiat Professional Doblo Cargo

The Doblo Cargo’s virtues include top-notch handling, a high standard of build quality, and reliability. Fiat also ensures plenty of choice: two roof heights and two wheelbase lengths, plus load area volumes of 3.4-5.0m3. Gross payloads extend from 750kg to 1,005kg.

Sliding nearside and offside doors are fitted to most models, and the cargo bay is available with a host of clever features. They include a rear roof flap through which over-length items such as ladders can be poked.

Four trim levels and three impressive Multijet II Euro6 diesels are listed. The 1.3-litre produces 95hp while the 1.6-litre cranks out 105hp or 120hp. A 95hp 1.4-litre petrol power plant is available too.

Safety is assured by the usual mix of electronic devices – e.g. ABS and electronic stability control – some of which are mandatory. Connectivity is aided by Gateway, an interface that can be used to collect all the vehicle’s key onboard data, which can then be relayed to a fleet management system.

Finally, the cleverly designed bi-link independent rear suspension helps deliver sharp handling and a comfortable ride.

Sample model: Cargo 1.6JDT 16v Multijet II L1H1

Engine size    1.6-litre
Payload     750kg
Load volume    3.4m3
Combined mpg 55.4mpg
CO2    134g/km
Price (ex VAT) £16,190



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