The Doblo uses its van origins to its advantage by offering masses of useable space, and it’s surprisingly good to drive. The JTD diesel engine is excellent.
Boxy, uninspiring looks will put many off, and hinder its aerodynamics. Wind noise can be a problem, too, and the cabin is full of hard, grey plastics.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Doblo buyers can choose from a 77bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine, an 85bhp 1.3 turbodiesel and a 1.9 diesel with either 105 or 120bhp. We’ve yet to try the petrol, but the 1.3 turbodiesel is a willing worker that makes the 105bhp 1.9 diesel feel almost redundant. The 120bhp 1.9 offers a sizeable step-up in performance, delivering plenty of pull.
Ride & Handling
At moderate speeds the Doblo feels surprisingly agile and composed, but body lean is marked when changing lanes on the motorway and the <\n>power-assisted steering is overly light. The ride is reasonably forgiving, although very bumpy roads send shudders into the cabin.
The 1.3 diesel unit is impressively quiet on start-up, and retains its composure unless revved hard. The 1.9s suffer from a lot more low-speed clatter, but settle down when cruising. Road noise is kept well in check at all speeds, but the Doblo’s boxy shape kicks up plenty of wind roar on the motorway.