- Impressive MultiJet diesel engines
- Excellent load area
- Great payload
- Low running costs
- Short or long wheelbase
- Lack of cabon storage
- Lacklustre entry-level petrol engine
The Doblo Cargo is one of the best small vans around. Despite being a similar size to alternatives like the Citroen Berlingo and Ford Transit Connect, the standard Doblo Cargo provides more room when it comes to carrying loads.
It's a considerable improvement on the previous model and there are six different body styles available including short and long wheelbases, and even a Combi version for carrying passengers and goods.
On the move it's comfortable and good to drive too while the interior is both well finished and robust.
The Doblo boasts one of the best payloads in its class (Read Best small vans for payload to see the full list).
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There is a choice of one petrol and three MultiJet diesel engines in the range.
The entry level 1.4-litre petrol with 95hp feels lacklustre and hard work so it's no surprise the diesels are far more common. For example, the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel delivers 90hp. These two smaller engines get a five-speed gearbox.
The 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel with 105hp provides excellent pulling power even with a heavy load in the back, while the 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel gives 135hp with 50mpg. Both gain six-speed transmission.
A sophisticated suspension set-up means the Doblo Cargo can deal with heavy loads without compromising the ride and handling - there is some body roll but the ride is fairly smooth.
The cabin is well insulated too with little wind noise while engine noise is only a slight issue at high speeds. A gearshift indicator is standard which tells the driver when it's the optimal time to change gear.
The interior is well finished but durable at the same time. The raised driving position means that visibility is good and the seats are supportive enough to make long journeys comfortable. The overhead storage is useful and quite large, but not the easiest to access.
Elsewhere in the cabin the front door pockets can store a half-litre bottle of water and an A4-sized folder with the lockable glovebox big enough to take a 14-inch laptop computer. There is also a storage tray under the front passenger seat with a flip-up compartment in the seat base available on SX models.
There are other small storage spaces such as cupholders and places for spare change, but these seem small and inadequate.
Standard equipment on the Doblo Cargo is competitive with other small vans. It includes power steering, central locking, electric front windows, steering height adjustment, passenger seat under tray, ABS, a CD stereo and a driver's airbag.
You'll have to pay extra for air-conditioning though as it's not standard on any model.
All the engines are cheap to run but the 1.3 MultiJet diesel is best with economy of 59mpg.
Standard on the 2.0 MultiJet diesel, this cuts the engine when the car is stationary (you have to be in neutral with your foot off the clutch) and restarts it again when you're ready to move off.
Service intervals have been increased compared to the previous version with the MultiJet models requiring attention every 21,000 miles.
It feels well built with the interior hardwearing enough to cope with daily bumps and scrapes.
The Doblo Cargo comes with a driver’s airbag as standard with a passenger airbag and curtain airbags available as options. All models get ABS as standard but ESP stability control with Hill Holder function only comes as a cost option.
Buyers can also get rear parking sensors and an alarm as cost options. Central locking is standard but remote locking is only standard on SX models.