Fiat Scudo L2 130 Crewvan Review

Fiat Scudo Crew VAn

Fiat Scudo Crew VAn

Often when you need to get a job done, you need two things: stuff and people. That is why the crew van is such a clever format. It has extra seating to make sure that you can get your team to the job and also has the load-bearing capacity to ensure that they can bring all their kit too. The ability to carry up to five people and still haul substantial loads means that many operators have the opportunity to save money by buying one van instead of two.

Scudo Crewvan loadspaceFiat Scudo Crewvan - A flexible workhorse

The Fiat Scudo Crewvan L2 130 is a great example of this format, but it also manages to bring even more to the party. Where the Scudo differs is that it offers a full bulkhead between the load area and the passenger compartment. This can offer an added element of security by keeping loads safely locked away when the cab is in use, and it can also make the cabin feel that bit more refined, as noise is kept to a minimum. There is also a possible safety benefit in having the loads kept separate from the occupants. On the other hand, this also removes the possibility of taking out the seats to gain extra load space, so this must be taken into consideration when judging the van. Operators who need the flexibility of removing seats have the option of a Kombi version, which provides this capability.

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The long-wheelbase Fiat Scudo Crewvan L2 130 offers seating for five with a load area of 3.6 cubic metres. The van is powered by a two-litre PSA common rail multi jet turbo diesel engine. This unit gives out 130bhp and a useful 236lb ft of torque. It also manages a respectable 40.3mpg when driven on the combined cycle. The van fires up easily enough, and there is enough power to make progress smooth and easy. Handling is a strong point, and the Fiat Scudo Crewvan L2 130 corners like a much smaller van.

Fiat Scudo Crewvan comfortable rear seatingThe Fiat Scudo Crewvan L2 130 is Fiat's version of the Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch, and it is a proven platform that does everything quite well. They are popular with fleet users but rarely win any prizes, as they tend to be good all-rounders rather than stand out in any single area. Nevertheless, they have practicality and even some style to offer the used buyer. Prices are usually pretty keen, too. The cab benefits from an overhead parcel shelf and a driver's cup holder. Practicality is added to by a wipe-clean rubber floor, which is handy when the occupants have been working on a site. That bulkhead does restrict legroom for rear passengers, and your taller colleagues might find it a bit tight in the back.

A full ply lining is a useful option as it will protect the load space from damage. That load space has six lashing eyes, which makes it easy to keep the load stable. Reversing sensors are another option to look for, as is the slightly pricier and less common stability control.

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