Fiat Scudo 1.6 Comfort Review 2007 Model

Fiat Scudo Comfort 1.6

Fiat Scudo Comfort 1.6

Many vans these days come with a whole host of creature comforts, such as air-con, satellite navigation and even leather upholstery. Some even add some pretty but hardly practical body modifications, such as metallic paint, colour-coded bumpers and alloy wheels. While these are all well and good for those who can afford them, some operators just want a basic, reliable and economical van that gets on with the job. That is where the Fiat Scudo comes in.

The Scudo first arrived in the UK in 1997 and has been regularly overhauled to make sure that it can keep up with modern competitors. There is a 163hp version, but in a bread-and-butter van such as this most buyers went for the basic 90hp version. While not offering the power boost of its big brother, the 90hp variant is the most frugal and still has enough under the bonnet to suit almost any business user.

Choice of Lengths and Heights

The Fiat Scudo comes in a choice of two wheelbases and two roof heights, giving a great deal of flexibility to suit most operations. Even the smallest version, with a lower roof and short wheelbase, offers five metres cubed of load space and a generous 1,200kg payload. If you really must have additional power, there is a 130hp version in addition to the top-of-the-line 163hp van, but the price on used Fiat Scudo models such as these does tend to creep up. If you are looking at a workhorse of a van like the Fiat Scudo, you probably won't be expecting too much in the way of specification, but the entry-level models do not too badly - coming with a driver's airbag, electric windows, remote central locking, ABS, two sliding doors and a proper bulkhead. What you don't get on the basic vans is any electronic stability programme, parking sensors or air conditioning. They are available as options but cost around £1,000 extra when new.

Middleweight Contender

The Fiat Scudo sits between the big Ducato and small Doblo Cargo in Fiat's van range. Being the middle van means that the Scudo can often get overlooked by buyers, but it deserves more attention as it is great to drive and performs with verve, as well as being light on the pocket both in terms of its purchase price and running costs. Get in the cab and you will find big, comfy seats and a modern, stylish-looking dashboard. The base versions get a single cup holder. Cab storage areas are limited, so drivers will have to make the most of the overhead parcel shelf.

In the back you will find eight load lashing eyes but no plastic lining for the floor. The double sliding doors are very practical, however. The Fiat Scudo may take a little time to get up to motorway cruising speed, but it is nippy around town and the handling is sharp and predictable. It also has one of the best gear changes in the industry, and together this all makes for a very productive and relaxing driving experience. As a package, a used Fiat Scudo could make a very sensible purchase for any operator.

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