Which used Fiat Stilo estate should I buy?
Launched at the end of 2001 (on a 51 plate), the original Multiwagon line-up included a pair of 1.9-litre diesels with either 80 or 115bhp. A 120bhp diesel replaced them both in December 2005.
There were also two petrols - a 1.6-litre with 103bhp and a 133bhp 1.8-litre - which were axed in September 2005 and December 2003 respectively. They both rev keenly, which is just as well: you'll have to drop down the gearbox to get more revs when you want to climb up hills.
From all these engines, our choice would be any of the diesels. Fiat's JTD units have a great reputation and excellent fuel economy.
As well as picking your engine, you also have a choice of three trims: Active, Active AirCon and Dynamic. All feature remote central locking and electric front windows, and we'd recommend the second as the best compromise between kit and cost, although only the latter version comes with alloy wheels, climate control and a CD player.
If you're looking for the ultimate load capacity, avoid models with the optional sliding rear bench, as it doesn't fold flat like the standard fixed one. You might also want to look out for higher-spec trims which have one potentially useful feature: the glass opening separately from the rest of the rear tailgate. Whatever combination you pick, avoid going to a main dealer to buy - there are plenty around at second-hand dealers