Four large vans to look out for: Ducato, Transit, Sprinter & Boxer

Date: Friday, March 02, 2018

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Fiat Professional Ducato

When the sixth-generation Ducato launched in 2014, efficiency, low running costs and high levels of tech were just three of the areas Fiat wanted to focus on during its development.

To address the first of those, Fiat installed its own 2.3-litre Multijet engines and, with aerodynamic efficiency claimed to be more comparable to a mid-sized saloon, consumption was cut by 10% across the range versus the previous model.

As well as cutting fuel expenditure, Fiat targeted reducing repair bills to keep running costs low – for example, the front bumper is comprised of sections, allowing repairs to be carried out on damaged portions only. In terms of technology, Bluetooth and MP3 come as standard, as do roll-over mitigation, load-adaptive control and anti-slip safety features.

The cabin feels spacious and classy, while on the road the Ducato is impressive.

The gear change is slick and precise, while the steering is steady and instils confidence.

On motorway stretches progress is serene and quiet. The panel van comes in four lengths and with three roof heights, and all are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

Sample model: Multijet II MH2

Engine size    2.3-litre
Payload     1,375kg
Load volume    11.5m3
Combined mpg 44.8mpg
CO2    166g/km
Price (ex VAT) £26,340


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