Fiat Ducato Review & Buyers' Guide
£18,995 – £29,895
Available as: Van, Crew Cab, Chassis Cab, Dropside, Platform Cab, MinibusEngine options:2.3TD 110hp, 130hp, 148hp, 3.0TD 177hp Volume (m³): 8.0 – 17.0Payload (kg): 1,155 – 1,995
A handsome workhorse that is now supported by some impressive dealers thanks to Fiat Professional’s decision to grant the franchise to a number of heavy truck outlets.
Fiat’s Ducato is yet another van to have undergone a revamp in advance of the launch of the new and tighter Euro 5 exhaust emission regulations. It has involved a change in the all-diesel engine line-up with the accent on increased power as well as a reduction in pollutants.
The old entry-level 100hp 2.2-litre has been swapped for a 110hp 2.3-litre which is additionally marketed in 130hp and 148hp guise. The most powerful diesel in the portfolio however is a 177hp 3.0-litre with a meaty 400Nm on tap.
No matter which output level you choose, the engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 3.0-litre is also up for grabs with an optional six-speed Comfort-Matic automated manual transmission.
The cab interior has received a makeover and it is interesting to note that Ducato is now on offer with eco:Drive Professional. Plug in a USB stick and you can download acceleration, deceleration, gearshift and speed information that can then be converted into data such as mileage, CO2
emissions and money saved through greater operational efficiency.
Load cube runs from 8.0m3
, gross weights range from 3.0 tonnes to just over 4.0 tonnes while gross payload capacity stretches from 1,000kg to 1,995kg.
distinctively-styled van, Ducato rides and handles well and anybody who needs to tackle a long motorway run will find that the 3.0-litre generates more than sufficient power. Yet while the new Euro 5 engines are quiet enough, other sources of noise need to be tackled more robustly and quality standards could still be improved.
Service intervals are set at a long 30,000 miles and Ducato is protected by a three-year/120,000-mile warranty. Basic van prices range from £18,795 to £29,695 says Fiat Professional, Fiat’s light commercial operation.
One of the fruits of a long-standing joint venture between Fiat and PSA, Citroen and Peugeot’s parent company, Ducato shares the same design as Citroen’s Relay and Pegeot’s Boxer. It is produced as a chassis cab, a chassis crew cab, a combi and as a window van as well as in straightforward van guise, and a variety of special conversions are available under the Built for Business banner.
The special edition Technico
models are particularly good value and well worth checking out.
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