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Fiat Scudo review (2007-2016)

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

PROS

  • Cheaper than similar vans
  • Quite fuel efficient

CONS

  • A tight fit for three up-front
  • 1.6 litre engine is lacklustre
  • 2.0 litre engine is prone to stalling

Summary

Developed in conjunction with Peugeot and Citroen, the new Scudo is a modern light commercial vehicle that is virtually identical to the Expert and Dispatch.

There's a choice of engines, configurations and even trim levels to suit a variety of panel van, platform cab and commercial passenger vehicle applications.

Fiat Scudo 2007-2016 review on Parkers Vans - front

It benefits from the latest safety systems, drives well and is available with some useful options. Its steeply racked front-end improves performance, fuel economy and noise levels.

The Fiat van dealer network isn't as extensive as the best rivals, but it is increasing.


Fiat Scudo (07-16) driving experience

4.5 out of 5 4.5

Fiat builds good diesel engines itself, but as the Scudo is a joint development with Peugeot and Citroen, the Scudo is offered with a choice of three Peugeot diesels.

Fiat Scudo 2007-2016 review on Parkers Vans - rear

The 1.6 litre engine (89hp/180Nm) is slightly lacklustre although the 2 litre engines had the opposite problem. At 126hp (320Nm) and 161hp (340Nm), they provide ample pulling power and return good fuel consumption.

We often found ourselves stalling or wheel-spinning once the clutch ‘bites’, although we would recommend it if you need to cover distance or carry heavy loads. The 1.6 has a five-speed gearbox, the others have six-speeds.

Fiat Scudo (07-16) cabin & interior

4 out of 5 4.0

The cabin area in the Fiat Scudo offers a straight-forward working environment with two or three front seats depending upon model, but three adults are a squeeze.

The dash is of car-quality, with several dash-top storage recesses. The steering wheel adjusts for height, the handbrake lever is on the door-side of the driver and the gearlever sprouts from the dash, a short reach from the steering wheel.

Fiat Scudo 2007-2016 review on Parkers Vans - interior

The wing mirrors house double mirror units giving an adjustable view and a fixed lower mirror, positioned to aid manoeuvring.

The panel van is available in three slightly varying spec-levels: Business is the most basic, but includes height-adjustable driver's seat, two-way adjustable steering wheel, a high-level storage shelf and a ladder-bulkhead behind the driver.

Comfort level adds electric front windows, an extra cup holder and a load-area 12V power supply. Deluxe versions are further fitted with electric, heated door mirrors, wiper and headlamp sensors and front fog lights.

Fiat Scudo (07-16) mpg, costs & value

4 out of 5 4.0

You can typically pick up a Scudo for less than it's Peugeot or Citroen rivals while it remains competitive economically.

Fiat Scudo (07-16) reliability, common problems & faults

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The engines tend to be reliable. The Scudo features a fuel pump integrated within the fuel tank, so if it runs out of fuel, a re-fuel will get it going again without the services of a technician.

21 per cent of the 75 Fiat Commercial dealerships have extended opening hours or are open 24 hours for servicing and repairs.

Fiat Scudo (07-16) safety & security

4 out of 5 4.0

ABS braking (which prevents skidding) is standard and the driver gets an airbag with further airbags available as options.

Visibility is generally good, although the sloping front-end is out of sight and the windscreen pillars cause a bit of a blind spot.

The remote central locking can unlock the cabin while the load compartment remains secured.

Fiat Scudo 2007-2016 review on Parkers Vans - load area access

An electronic stability control system can be specified to help the driver retain control in an emergency situation which is a feature only fitted to the more sophisticated vans.

It also includes a hill-holder facility that prevents rolling backwards when pulling away, or reversing, up a hill.

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