Fiat Ducato van review

Category: Large Van

Section: Introduction

Fiat Ducato 2022 front right tracking
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 front right tracking
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 rear right tracking
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 interior RHD
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 load compartment
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 RHD infotainment
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 right front urban static
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 right rear urban static
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 left door open
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 RHD interior
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 front right tracking
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 rear right tracking
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 interior RHD
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 load compartment
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 RHD infotainment
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 right front urban static
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 right rear urban static
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 left door open
  • Fiat Ducato 2022 RHD interior

Introduction

What Car? says...

When many people think of Fiat, their minds probably jump to small, fashionable Italian cars like the 500. It’ll escape many that the same company builds a big van in the shape of the Fiat Ducato

Little do those people know that the Ducato is actually one of the most popular and vans in Europe and has been the dark horse of the large van sector since its last major update in the middle part of the previous decade. In the UK it should be thought of as an alternative to the more familiar Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter; it offers just as much choice, but is better value by dint of carrying more standard equipment. 

However, while the needs and demands of a van driver are very different to a holidaying motorhome owner, the fact that the Ducato overlaps the two makes it all the better; it’s a comfortable van, packed with technology (Fiat proclaims it to be the first Level 2 autonomous commercial vehicle – that’s to say it has an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that allows the van to steer itself and regulate its speed) and it has a wide range of engines, body sizes and body types for buyers to choose from. 

Whether you’re after a panel van, or chassis cab, double cab or tipper truck, there’s a Ducato in the range, with three wheelbase options giving four different lengths and three roof height options. 

We’re going to tell you what the latest Ducato is like to drive and work with. Keep reading to find out if this versatile Italian is right for you.

FAQs

  • The latest version of the Fiat Ducato was launched in 2021 and has a much better reputation for reliability than its predecessors, especially when linked to the 2.2-litre diesel engine. Older versions could suffer engine and gearbox issues that were extremely costly to fix. Read the latest Fiat Ducato van review.

  • The Fiat Ducato has a warranty of up to five years/125,000 miles - but do check the paperwork as this is only available on later top-trim models; lesser versions have to make do with three-year/100,000 mile coverage. Even then, a well-maintained version of the Fiat Ducato can be reliable well beyond 125,000 miles. Read our Fiat Ducato verdict.

  • The Fiat E-Ducato has an official range of 174 miles in mixed driving conditions, although that’s dependent on load, driving style and weather conditions, so we’d suggest that 130-150 miles is more realistic in everyday use. Read our Fiat E-Ducato review.

  • Most warranties extended to at least 100,000 miles, and some beyond that, while anecdotal evidence suggests a well-maintained diesel should be reliable for upwards of 200,000 miles. However, they key to longevity is regular and thorough servicing, so always check a vehicle’s history before purchasing it.