The Fiat Fiorino is a compact urban van with an incredibly load capacity and a 1.3 liter MultiJet diesel engine, which the Cargo and Combi models both use. This commercial vehicle was first manufactured and sold to the public in 1977 to 2000 but production started back up in 2007 and it is still being made to this day. The Sevel LAV is the current generation of this vehicle and was built with a passenger body style, similar to the Fiat Qubo. This van was received exceptionally well when it first came out and came back due to popular demand in 2007.
When it comes to fuel economy, the 1.4 liter petrol engine in the Fiat Fiorino gets an average of 44.1 mpg, though most consumers will tend to gravitate towards the smaller engine as it is much more fuel efficient and is available in 75bhp and 95bhp versions. Stop start is an optional feature with the 75bhp engine, but the 95bhp engine comes standard with this technology and has a fuel economy of around 65 mpg with minimal CO2 emissions, making it eco-friendly as well.
The Fiorino uses a five-speed manual gearbox, but there is an automated Comfort-Matic version available with the 75bhp engine. This option is particularly attractive because it offers automatic gear changes without the low fuel economy which is closely associated with a fully automatic transmission. Typically, this vehicle needs to be serviced around 21,000 miles. Even though the Fiat Fiorino is classified as a compact, it has a total length of 3.8 metres and an extremely large load bay. With 2.5 cubic metres of load volume, which can be lengthened to 2.8 cubic meters by folding the retractable passenger seat, there is plenty of room in this vehicle, which is why it is such an ideal commercial van.
The maximum load length of the Fiorino is 2.491mm and it comes standard with a sliding side door for loading and unloading, though only on SX and Adventure models. These model vans also come with twin rear doors which make accessing the load area very easy and convenient. There is a total floor height of 530mm, which takes the hassle out of loading. The Cargo model of this vehicle comes with an optional second sliding door for those who want to make loading an easy as possible.
When it comes to reliability and safety, the Fiorino has a number of features, including driver side airbag as well as ABS brakes complete with EBD electronic brakeforce distribution. Those who purchase this van can opt for the additional ESP electronic stability programme, which is an extra £330; this feature does come standard with the Adventure models with a Traction+ driveline. Both passenger and side airbags can be selected as optional extras for an additional nominal fee as well as rear parking sensors. This vehicle along with a few other similar models have won compact urban van awards in the past because of their safety features and impact-resistant design.
The overall driving and performance of the Fiat Fiorino varies depending on where it is being driven, but it does best on country roads and rural areas. The Adventure model handles both urban and rural roads exceptionally well, offering an extremely smooth ride. Despite the fact that this vehicle is a compact, it can still easily accommodate taller drivers with its spacious cab. The Fiorino’s driver’s seat has been rated high in terms of comfort, which is an especially important benefit for those who plan on driving it a great distance. While there are certain things about this vehicle that may not be appealing to some, it is still an excellent commercial vehicle overall.