Buyers choose from a 1.4 petrol with 72bhp or one of two 1.3 turbodiesels with either 74bhp or 94bhp. We haven’t driven the lower-powered diesel, but the stronger unit it reasonably flexible, even if it’s not particularly fast. The petrol is slower still, but it’s just strong enough and it keeps the Qubo cheap. That’s why it’s our favourite.
Fiat QUBO MPV ride & handling
The Qubo is based on a van, so you might expect it to feel a bit uncivilised. Not so. The suspension has been fettled to give a more passenger-friendly ride. It's soft, so it soaks up bumps pretty easily, but there is some pitch on undulating roads. The body leans over in bends, too, but there's decent grip and the steering is quick and direct.
Fiat QUBO MPV refinement
There's not much road noise, and wind noise is barely audible, despite the car's blunt front end. The diesel engine stays smooth and reasonably quiet however you're treating it, but the petrol drones noisily and some bumps can occasionally knock through the rear suspension. The gearshift feels slack and imprecise, too.