Used Fiat Doblo 2001 - 2010 review

Category: MPV

Cheap and flexible family transport

Fiat Doblo (01 - 10)
  • Fiat Doblo (01 - 10)
  • Fiat Doblo (01 - 10)
Used Fiat Doblo 2001 - 2010 review
Star rating

What's the used Fiat Doblo MPV like?

The Doblo is surprisingly good to drive, and the steering is light, which helps with parking and manoeuvring. Its handling is agile and composed, and it rides well for a car of this size and shape. This makes it ideal for family use - children aren't going to be lurching about feeling sick in the back. The only real complaint is that over bumpy roads it can feel pretty firm.

However, the boxy shape does kick up wind noise on the motorway. The higher-powered diesel engines can sound clattery at low speeds, too.


Cheap and flexible family transport

  • There's masses of space and it's cheap, too
  • Yucky plastics and poor safety kit

Five can travel in comfort, or seven if you opt for the Family model. And, if you fold down the split-folding rear seats, that will extend the already enormous load space into your very own removals van.

While the upright driving position allows great visibility, the seat isn't the most supportive and the rear corners and front windscreen pillars are fairly thick, so could impede your view.

Ownership cost

What used Fiat Doblo MPV will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Fiat Doblo MPV?

The Doblo's real attraction is that it is a cheap way to get a vast family car. Where else can you get so much space for so little money?

Running costs are reasonable, too, and the 1.3-litre diesel manages more than 50mpg on average. The 1.9-litre diesel is expensive to service, however the 105bhp version achieves 48.7mpg on average. The 1.4-litre petrol model is thirstier, with an official average consumption of 38.2mpg.

Most models sit in group five for insurance, which compares well with other MPVs.

Should anything break, repair costs are marginally above average in price, according to Warranty Direct.

Our recommendations

Which used Fiat Doblo MPV should I buy?

We'd recommend the 1.9 105bhp JTD diesel, which should make light work of hauling a laden Doblo up hills.

Originally, the car was available with a 65bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine or non-turbo 63bhp 1.9-litre diesel, neither of which was powerful enough for this car. ELX versions of the 1.9 get air-con, alloys and three-point belts for all the rear seats, but were discontinued in 2002.

The range was revised in April 2004, and we'd recommend finding one of these newer models. New engines included a willing 70bhp 1.3-litre diesel and 77bhp 1.4-litre petrol (which replaced the 1.2). Interior revisions included 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and three rear three-point belts and headrests across the range. The Family seven-seat model was also introduced.

Active trim reflects its cheap price, with power steering, front electric windows and remote central locking as the only treats. Our preferred Dynamic trim adds air-con, CD player and alloy wheels.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Fiat Doblo MPV?