Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Fiat Doblo Cargo engines all provide plenty of low-end shove that builds usefully from around 1500rpm. That said, when it comes to out-and-out pace, we’d definitely recommend the 94bhp 1.3 Multijet 2 95 over the entry-level 79bhp version. It has that bit of the extra oomph you need, especially if you’ve got the van loaded up.
Even that’s not lightning fast, though, so if you fancy something quicker, there’s the 104bhp 1.6 Multijet 2 105, or the very talented 1.6 Multijet 2 120. The 120 has 118bhp and is plenty fast enough, whether you’re nipping away from the traffic lights or cruising down the motorway.
It works, too. The Doblo Cargo does a very good job of cushioning you over speed bumps and feels very comfortable on the general ups and downs of A-roads and motorways. Sharp ridges and large potholes still jolt a bit, but not as harshly as some of the competition in the small van category.
The handling is just as accomplished. The steering is weighted nicely and it’s accurate, if not quite as quick to respond as the Ford Transit Connect’s. There’s also more body lean than you’d find in rivals, but there’s a good reserve of grip that leaves you full of confidence to press on when required.
Around town, the minimum 11.2m turning circle (it’s 12.5m for the long wheelbase) is about par for the course and roughly matches the Transit Connect’s.