There’s a choice of three engines in the Doblo, one petrol and two diesels. The sole petrol is the 1.4-litre version with 95bhp. This is quite lacklustre though and takes 15.4 seconds to cover the 0-62mph sprint. It might be okay if you’re only covering short distances around town, while economy is a useful 39mpg, but it’s the diesel versions that are more popular.
There’s the choice of a 1.6 MultiJet with 105bhp or a 2.0 MultiJet with 135bhp. The 1.6-litre version will go from 0-62mph in 13.4 seconds and is the most economical in the range with an average of 54mpg and CO2 emissions of 138g/km. It feels a little sluggish and noisy at low speeds but soon picks up offering decent pulling power. The 2.0-litre diesel is the most powerful with 135bhp, but is only available in Dynamic and Eleganza trims.
Fuel economy is fairly good at 49mpg and it's the best choice for long distance driving. The petrol version comes with a five-speed gearbox while the MultiJet engines get a new six-speed manual gearbox which is clinical and precise. All engines get the Fiat Start&Stop system – this cuts the engine when idle (such as sat in traffic) and starts it again when the driver presses down the clutch.
This helps cut down on emissions as well as improve fuel economy.
Sharing a platform with the Punto Evo as well as a sophisticated suspension set-up, the Doblo handles well for a car of its size and shape with very little body roll. It’s not quite as composed when it comes to bumpy and uneven roads though and suffers from a bouncy ride. The steering while being light - which is good for parking and tight manoeuvres - still offers enough feel at higher speeds and when cornering.
Impressively, every model comes with ESP stability control as standard and this includes a hill hold function which prevents the car rolling back on inclines.