Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Unlike the old 1.6-litre engine, which at times felt stressed, the new 2.0-litre option is very well suited to powering the Talento.
Of the power units available – which Fiat refers to as 120, 145 and 170 – it is the top two that really perform at their best in the Talento.
Our preference would be the 170, which feels like the most natural fit, given the size of the van. However, if you transport lighter loads, the 145 is just as good.
All engines are fitted with stop-start technology to improve fuel economy.
To drive, the Talento sits just behind the class-leading Ford Transit Custom and Volkswagen Transporter but is on a par with the competition from Citroën, Vauxhall and Peugeot.
For most, that will be plenty good enough, and the Talento is certainly both reassuring to drive and comfortable to be in.
The steering in the Talento is particularly precise and its ride is comfortable, both laden and unladen. Owners of the previous-generation model will particularly note how much better this one is to to drive with a light load, as well as how much quieter it is – albeit with a noticeable amount of wind noise.
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