The Fiorino Cargo was the 2017 What Van? Small Van of the Year.
With a gross payload of up to 660kg, it is on offer with a 1.3-litre Multijet II diesel engine at either 80hp or 95hp, plus Fiat has achieved the Euro6 standard without an AdBlue reservoir. A 77hp 1.4-litre petrol power pack is also up for grabs.
Rear access to the 2.5m3 load bay – 2.8m3 if you fold down the passenger seat – is by means of twin, opaque, asymmetric doors. A five-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth are standard on most variants.
While the screen may seem a tad small, it’s large enough to play host to the optional satellite navigation system. The cab is less cramped and offers a bit more storage than might appear to be the case initially, and the seats are surprisingly comfortable.
The Fiorino is lively and huge fun to drive.
Mid-range acceleration is strong and the compact little Fiat goes around corners as if on rails, while there’s a generous amount of feedback through the steering.
Nor does it get out of shape when changing direction suddenly. Small vans tend not to ride all that well, but this one also rides better than most.
|Sample model: Cargo 1.3 JTD Multijet 11 Ecojet|
|Price (ex VAT)||£13,160|