Fiat Talento review

Category: Medium Van

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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Of all the things to name a van after, an ancient coin would not normally be a front runner – but then again, the Fiat Talento is not a typical van.

Launched in 2016, the Talento is a rebadged version of the Renault Trafic, which, despite being launched two years earlier, is still one of the best mid-sized vans in the segment.

Everything except the grille and badges are shared parts with the Renault, which means that when the Trafic gets an update, so too does the Talento. New for the 2020 model year, the medium-sized Fiat van gets a new engine and revamped interior to ensure that it stays up to date when compared with key rivals such as the Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Ford Transit Custom.

The previous 1.6-litre engine, which was available with either single or twin turbochargers, has now been replaced by a 2.0-litre engine producing up to 167bhp.

The larger engine now has only a single variable-geometry turbocharger and, as a result, produces roughly the same power and torque; there are 117bhp, 143bhp and 167bhp options, producing 236lb ft, 258lb ft and 280lb ft respectively. It is also up to 2% more efficient, according to Renault.

Renault and Fiat also differentiate their offerings by selling them with different equipment options, chief of which is that the Talento is not sold with the option of an automatic gearbox, instead coming only with a six-speed manual. 

Buyers can choose from low and high-roof vans, plus crew cab and platform cab versions. There are also two body lengths and two different wheelbases, enabling up to 8.6m3 of load capacity.

As well as a base model called Standard, there are also SX and Tecnico trims. The Sportivo option gives customers a three-tiered choice of what options and accessories they want on their van.

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