Fiat Qubo (2009 on)

4
reviewed by Anonymous on 3 March 2019
5

MyLife 1.3 16v MultiJet 75 5dr Estate

reviewed by ArchieVdub on 20 August 2015
5
Overall rating
4
How it drives
5
Fuel economy
5
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
5
Cost of maintenance and repairs
5
Experience at the dealership
5
How practical it is
5
How you rate the manufacturer
4
Overall reliability

Versatile, practical, roomy and characterful.

Bought this car as a demonstrator from a dealer with only 5 miles on the clock after I had demonstrated it. It was 11 months old - I think I was the only person who had demonstrated it! It was discounted by £2350 off the price of a new one - great what a bargain - for a virtually new car.
The best things are running costs: £20 VED and 50 to 64 mpg averaging 57.5 mpg. Also cheap to insure. Reasonable service costs and dealer helpful and supportive. The sliding doors, large tailgate and quick release rear seats make loading, access and carrying large objects really easy. It will take an adult male bicycle diagonally, a two seater settee and loads of band (music) gear. It's attractively finished in red and black throughout which I think are Fiats best colours. The Blue & Me usb port, handsfree, steering wheel controls and 6 speaker sound system are good quality and make it feel much more than just a van with windows. It's performance is more than satisfactory and it has acceleration when you need it - when overtaking. Handling is good and the Electronic Stability programme really aids control when in tricky situations and hard braking.
So what is there to criticise? Well being a demonstrator none of the option boxes had been ticked, but I found a full size spare wheel & carrier and longitudinal roof bars all for the 'option' price on ebay so no real problems with that and none of that stupid 'sticky goo' tyre inflator to deal with.
There are a just a few negatives: the main one was initially a bouncy ride, however it gets better with heavier loads and has generally improved over time. Being diesel there was a problem with the DPF filter sensor which was
repaired at no cost to me under the warranty by the dealer. Finally there could have been a more imaginative use of stowage spaces - it has door pockets, a lockable large glove box and some small trays/cubby holes, but there was nothing in the boot area at all. So I made a compartment above the rear wheel arch to carry screen wash, tyre inflator, bulbs etc.. I also managed to find some plastic sliding top storage boxes for the back speaker areas which also helped greatly.
Overall I am very pleased with this car it is nice to drive, cost effective to run, it fulfils all the practical things I require and it's 'funky' looks have attracted quite a few admiring comments from folk.

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