Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The DOB Is Up to All Your Jobs

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The DOB Is Up to All Your Jobs

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Byline: By Peter Keenan

The Fiat Doblo is one of a number of MPVs on the market at the moment that are basically vans dressed up as people carriers.

Having the basic design and shape of something originally meant for a working environment has two benefits.

Firstly, there's loads of interior space with the Doblo's seven seats offering ample room, with a light airy atmosphere.

And secondly its solid construction makes it as tough as old boots, allowing it to survive almost anything that is thrown at it.

The Doblo is intended as a workhorse so the cabin plastics are resilient if unappealing and the materials that line the luggage bay look, and are, hard-wearing.

The latest model has benefited from a face-lift and is longer, wider and higher than its predecessor ( but this doesn't mean it's a walrus around town as it is still compact enough to make parking and manoeuvring anything but a chore.

Two large sliding doors allied to raised seating positions make it particularly easy to climb in and out of.

The third row of passenger seats slide and fold to give the car good flexibility when it comes to carrying luggage or shopping.

The top-hinged tailgate rises above your head giving great access to the rear while also providing shelter from inclement weather.

As far as driving, the Doblo is concerned we are firmly in van territory.

The seating position is more minibus than anything else, while the wing mirrors are on the large side of enormous so there is no problem seeing what is going on behind.

The accelerator and brake pedals are a bit close together so for anyone wearing anything other than slim fit shoes you have to be precise when braking.

It is pretty nippy thanks to the willing 120bhp, 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine that takes the Doblo from 0-62mph in a shade over 12 seconds ( not bad considering its size. …

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