The earlier Fiat Fiorino was a common sight across Europe and the UK during its production run, which extended from 1988 to 2001. This second-generation Fiorino can still offer a couple of years’ driving if snapped up on the used market. This version featured a choice between a 1.4l petrol engine or a 1.7l diesel, both of which delivered power to the front-wheel-drive system. The 1.7l engine was upgraded to turbo-diesel towards the end of the model’s life.
The 2008 relaunch of the Fiorino was in partnership with Peugeot and Citroen, both of whom went on to release their own models, the Nemo and Bipper respectively, based on the Fiorino’s body work and chassis. The 2008 Fiorino offered a body length of 3,860mm, with a loadspace volume of 2.5m3. The passenger seat can be folded down to increase load volume to 2.8m3, boosting maximum load length to 2,500mm. The 2008 model is powered by either a 1.3l MultiJet diesel turbo motor or a 1.4l petrol engine. Both use manual five-speed transmission as standard, but buyers can choose a semi-automatic six-speed gearbox for the diesel variant.
2008 Model Fiat Fiorino
The first new van range from Fiat to go on sale in the UK since the revamped Fiat Scudo, the Fiorino was launched in 2008 as an ultra-compact van specifically engineered for urban use. Just 3,860mm long and with a turning circle of just 9.95m, the Fiorino handles itself easily around town. That’s not to say that it’s a lightweight - the Fiorino can handle an impressive payload of 610kg and offers a huge load length of 2,500mm.
This carrying capacity was powered initially by two Euro 4 engines - the 1.3l diesel producing 75hp and a 73hp 1.4l petrol. Fiat offered buyers seven different configurations overall, with three trim variants: the Cargo Base, Cargo SX and Combi. Combi sub-variants include a four-seater crew van with a payload of 338kg and a people carrier Combi that seats five with sufficient payload for luggage - 270kg - to make this a popular variant for taxis.
Standard basic equipment is generous, featuring ABS with EBD, a CD player, driver’s airbag, power steering and a basic bulkhead. The Cargo SX trim grade includes electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking and safety automatic door locking when the vehicle reaches 3mph. Optional extras include an improved stereo, climate control and the semi-automatic gearbox. Buyers can also customise the Fiorino further to meet their specific requirements, including the choice of one or two sliding doors, various bulkheads, roof bars and winter tyres.
2016 Model Fiat Fiorino
2016 sees the release of a face-lifted and improved Fiorino. The new model boasts new bumpers, boosted fuel-efficiency and Euro 6 compliant engines. Fiat offers the same 1.3l 74hp turbo-diesel and 1.4l 73hp petrol engines but with the additional choice of a more powerful 94hp output with the diesel engine. This more powerful engine includes stop-start technology as standard - an optional extra for the other engines - producing combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg with 113g per kilometre CO2 emissions. Service intervals and oil changes are well spaced at every 21,000 miles.
The 2016 model also offers the same 660kg payload carried in an unchanged load bay. The rear barn doors open wide to 180 degrees and provide the same 1,500mm load length, which can be extended to 2,500mm via the optional folding passenger seat. This sees load volume expand from 2.5m3 to almost 3.0m3 - not inconsiderable, considering the compact car-like footprint of the van. In Combi models, which feature a second row of passenger seating, the rear seats can handily be folded down or even removed completely to offer the same load specs as the Cargo model.