The base model Kubistar is equipped with a 1.2 litre petrol engine that develops a modest 60hp. And while it may not offer much in the way of performance, it does a decent job of getting the van from A to B and keeping fuel costs low.
Most buyers may prefer the 1.5 litre dCi engine, which is available in variants offering up to 80hp and has a lot more torque than its petrol counterpart. With careful driving, the Kubistar can get up to 50 miles to the gallon, while its tight turning circle means that it can manoeuvre through narrow streets with ease.
For a small van the payload capacity of the Kubistar is competitive, sitting at 625kg for the most compact model and rising to 800kg for the biggest iteration which is available. The cargo volume sites at three cubic metres, which is more than enough for most purposes and will suit sole traders and small business operators well.
As standard, the Kubistar comes with one sliding door at the side and two hinged doors at the rear. Buyers could specify a second sliding door if required, and this is a feature to look out for on second-hand models.
This range is designed to be practical and functional rather than to offer cutting-edge features and thrills. Yet the basic specification is decent, and standard inclusions such as an airbag for the driver and remote central locking are welcome.
The cab is spacious and comfortable for both drivers and passengers alike, with a good amount of storage space available. A well-laid-out dash combined with a combination radio and CD player can be found on many models, although do not expect to see modern infotainment systems in this now discontinued range.
Electric windows and door mirrors are introduced on the higher-spec SE trim along with ABS, which can be seen as a real advantage in terms of safety.
As with many small van platforms, the Kubistar can be adapted to accommodate different body types while retaining the same engine and cab combination up front.
Both refrigerator and full freezer-bodied models were available, with these heavier set-ups typically being powered by at least the 70hp version of the 1.5 dCi engine.
Aside from the Kangoo on which it is based, the Kubistar has to compete with rival small vans such as the Peugeot Expert and the Ford Transit Connect. And because it was not as common or popular as its contemporaries while it was still in production, the Kubistar remains an inexpensive yet reliable choice on the used market.