Fiat Ducato review

Category: Large Van

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

New engines to meet Euro-6d regulations have certainly streamlined what was an otherwise complicated and confusing range. They also improve performance and are a touch more refined than the older models, but the most important change has to be the improvement to the automatic gearbox. If you want an automatic transmission with plenty of low-down power and torque for towing, then the Ducato is an ideal candidate.

Improving safety was clearly high on the agenda for Fiat, and the Ducato comes with Roll-Over Mitigation and Load Adaptive Control to improve stability, as well as a driver's airbag.

Hill hold and anti-slip regulation (ASR) are included, too, and further safety enhancements such as hill descent control, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning systems can also be added.

Basic equipment is at a real minimum in the Ducato, but the options list is extensive. We’d recommend the U-Connect infotainment screen, which adds an improved 7.0in touchscreen on top of the standard Bluetooth radio with USB connections. Roof-mounted storage can also be useful and isn’t always an option for other brands. The Business Pack adds air-con, alarm, parking sensors and cruise control, but if you really want to go all out, there is a Tecnico option that adds everything but the roof storage.

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Overview

The Ducato capably takes aim at its Germans rivals and doesn’t come up too short, thanks to strong engines and a well thought out interior

  • Great engine line-up
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Great payload abilities
  • No alternative drivelines
  • Limited storage around the driver
  • Loadspace not as flexible as some rivals

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