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2013 (63) Fiat Qubo 1.3 Multijet MyLife 5dr [Start Stop]

Stirling Citroën / DS
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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Blue & Me with USB portPower Steering
Trip computer 

Entertainment

6 speakers (4 speakers/2 tweeters)Audio remote control in steering wheel
Radio/MP3 player 

Exterior Features

Adjustable headlightsBody colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrorsElectric front windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsFollow me home headlights
Front fog lightsHeated rear window
Rear wiperSwivel-opening rear quarter window
Twin sliding rear side doors 

Interior Features

60/40 split folding rear seatAir conditioning
Aluminium finish interior door handlesAxell cloth upholstery
Front head restraintsHeight adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and armrest
Height/reach adjust steering wheelIsofix child seat preparation
Leather steering wheel and gear knobRear head restraints
Rear parcel shelfRemovable rear seats
Storage compartments in doors 

Safety

3 point rear seatbelts x3ABS/EBD
Driver and passenger airbagsESP
Front side airbagsPassenger airbag deactivation system

Security

Auto door lock when drivingDeadlocks
Locking fuel filler capRemote central locking

Technical

Diesel particulate filter 

Trim

Aluminium interior trim 

Wheels

16" alloy wheels
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.166CO2 (g/km)107
HC+NOx0.237Noise Level dB(A)73
NOx0.215Particles0.017
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftSOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1248Compression Ratio16.8:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)72Cylinders - Stroke (mm)84
Engine Code199A2000Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)68.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)78.5EC Urban (mpg)57.6

General

Badge Engine CC1.3Badge Power75
Coin DescriptionMultijet [Start Stop]Coin SeriesMyLife
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 076EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)15.2Engine Power - BHP75
Engine Power - KW55Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT140
Engine Torque - MKG19.4Engine Torque - NM190
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed96

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front195/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear195/55 R16Tyre Size SpareTyre Repair Kit
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1735Height (including roof rails)1810
Length3959Wheelbase2513
Width1716 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)45Gross Vehicle Weight1710
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)2500Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)330
Max. Loading Weight435Max. Roof Load50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked600Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked400
Minimum Kerbweight1275No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb9.95
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Fiat Qubo

Put your preconceptions to one side and prepare to be impressed by the Fiat Qubo. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

Small MPVs aren't usually big on excitement and some people could easily fall into stupor at the prospect of a van-based one but Fiat's Qubo deserves a moment of your time. It offers the space and practicality you'd expect from an ex-commercial vehicle but Fiat's stylists have done a grand job of enlivening the exterior. The 1.3-litre diesel engine is somewhat sluggish at the top end but it's punchy at low speeds with top class economy and comfort levels are surprisingly good too.

Background

The back story to the Fiat Qubo is one that might put interested parties off. It used to be a Fiat Fiorino, the company's sub-compact light commercial vehicle. Yes, a van. There will be prospective buyers who won't consider it for that reason alone but those who can overcome their internal snobbery and give the diminutive Fiat a chance on a level playing field are likely to come away surprised. Vans aren't what they used to be and with the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel installed, Fiat's little package of practicality could be just the thing. One of the major challenges for designers asked to conjure up MPV people carriers is to cram as much space and utility as possible within the confines of the vehicle's dimensions. The smaller the vehicle, the tougher it is to accommodate everything and everyone that its owner might ultimately need to. Down the years, a huge amount of pondering must have been done in trendy design studios as to how best to achieve these goals and invariably, the train of thought has hit the buffers at something roughly equivalent in shape to a van. The Fiat Qubo cuts out the middle men, making the step from small commercial vehicle to small MPV courtesy of some added windows, seats and styling enhancements.

Driving Experience

You really can't go far wrong with Fiat's 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine. It's used across the manufacturer's small car range, in its compact vans and in quite a few Vauxhall-badged products as well. Diesel engines don't come much smaller but the 1,368cc four-cylinder unit can still pack a punch, developing 80bhp and 190Nm or torque from 1,750rpm. If straight-line speed is your thing, the Qubo will disappoint as it claws its way up to 62mph in just over 16s and eventually reaches a 97mph top speed but that healthy torque output makes it pleasantly zesty in stop/start scenarios. If that's not enough, there's also a 95bhp version of this unit. On the road, the Qubo is a much more composed proposition than its commercial vehicle origins might suggest to some. The suspension is on the soft side and this, along with the tall shape of the Qubo, does lead to some body roll when it's cornered with vigour but it's not too bad. The plus side of the softly sprung set-up is a comfy ride on all but the lousiest road surfaces. Together with the Qubo's responsive steering and tight turning circle, this makes it a very amenable companion in urban settings. Longer journeys are far from out of the question if you can live with having to work the engine quite hard on occasion. Noise levels in the cabin are pleasantly low and the car will scoot along without drama at motorway speeds.

Design and Build

The Qubo has all the key design elements of a roomy small car nailed down. The wheels are pushed right out to each corner of the vehicle, the bonnet is stubby and the roof is tall. The commercial origins of the Qubo don't lead you to expect too much from a design standpoint but Fiat's stylists have done some neat work in jazzing-up the exterior. The oversized bumpers and wheelarches are carried over from the Fiorino van and work well but the Qubo includes roof rails which add to its chunky, almost 4x4-style appearance. Then there's the dramatic rear side windows, the bottom edges of which slope steeply upwards towards the rear of the car, and the large Fiat badge which nestles in a deep circular depression in the centre of the tailgate. This revised Qubo gets a smarter front grille and a chunkier front bumper. The tailgate is also revised, with the large circular recess giving way to a straight, flat panel with a more elegant location for the FIAT badge. Inside, there's a new steering wheel design, smarter instruments, nicer seat upholstery and fresh infotainment options. Otherwise, things are much as before. You wouldn't be embarrassed to drop the kids off in one of these, though your offspring might be irritated to find that they can't fully open the rear windows. At under four meters from nose to tail, the Qubo is certainly small but there's lots of space inside. There's more headroom than you could possibly find a use for and legroom all round is ample for adult-sized passengers. Access to the rear is helped by the wide-opening side doors and in contrast to many of today's compact car offerings, the boot is very generous at 330-litres. The rear seats fold down but if you want to get maximum cargo on board, you'll need to remove them completely. This procedure converts the Qubo back into something approaching van form with a huge 2,500-litre capacity. Under the bonnet, there's a choice of 1.4-litre petrol or 1.3-litre diesel power. As with the outside, the interior doesn't instantly scream 'van' at you. The layout is simple and functional with a stubby dash-mounted gear lever and large, uncomplicated controls for the audio and ventilation systems. Storage options include an extremely big glovebox and a number of other smaller receptacles, better than you'd expect in a car of the Qubo's size. Anyone familiar with the inside of Fiat's Panda city car will spot similarities in the switchgear and layout.

Market and Model

The 1.3-litre Multijet engine is undoubtedly the Qubo's best but should you choose it? It bumps the price of a Qubo up to nearly 15,000. Even the plushest petrol version costs from under £13,000. that's quite a premium given the car's £12,000-£16,000 price bracket. Much will depend on the amount of mileage individual buyers will cover and whether it's enough to make the diesel's lower running costs pay. Given the choice, we'd probably take the diesel regardless. There are plenty of alternatives to the Qubo out in the marketplace. Chief among them will be the current crop of supermini-based MPVs - cars like Ctroen's C3 Picasso and Vauxhall Meriva. On practicality and price, the Fiat can hold its own against any of them. A pair of mainstream trim levels are offered: they're known as Pop and Lounge. There's also a Trekking version with 4x4 styling cues. All models get a trip computer, power steering, remote central locking, a 60:40 split rear seat a CD stereo and the Uconnect communications system which combines Bluetooth connectivity and voice command functions. Gone are the days when van-based MPV buyers were happy if their purchase had a heater and a glovebox.

Cost of Ownership

Running costs are a major consideration for all car buyers but particularly at this cost conscious end of the market. The Qubo doesn't disappoint with 68.9mpg economy from its base 1.3 Multijet diesel and 107g/km emissions. The 1.4-litre petrol option is less outstanding thanks to economy of 40.9mpg and hefty 161g/km emissions. Finally, a word about warranties. You get two years of manufacturer cover with this car, plus a further year from the dealer. Plus there's no mileage limitation, which makes this Fiat deal better than the restricted three year/60,000 mile package you get with rival models. There's also a year of roadside assistance cover, a reasonable three year paintwork warranty and an eight-year anti-perforation guarantee.

Summary

When you consider the Fiat Qubo's funky looks, comfortable road-going performance and well-built interior, it's strange to think that this car started life as a van. Fiat has done a thorough job of the conversion and has a very competitive product on its hands as a result. In 1.3 Multijet diesel guise, it adds 69mpg economy to its arsenal and will be even more difficult for customers to turn down. The Qubo's van origins bring advantages in the form of its roomy interior and practical sliding side doors. You also don't get the impression that the interior trim is poised to disintegrate under sustained use. The car doesn't handle as slickly as the crop of rivals that are based on passenger cars and performance isn't stellar but comfort and economy tend to matter more to the target market and here the Qubo is hard to fault.

Performance
50%
Handling
50%
Comfort
60%
Space
80%
Styling
90%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
80%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Hire purchase

Monthly payment£84.62
Deposit£100
Term (months)54
Fixed interest rate6%
Cash price£3698
Credit amount£3598
Completion fee£1
Total amount payable£4670.48
Representative APR11.4%
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