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Fiat Scudo (1999-2007)

Overall Rating

3 stars

The only way to describe this van is an in-between. If you don't want a large van Transit type or a small supermini-van is too small the Fiat Scudo could fit your needs. Combining a large load capacity with MPV practicality and car-like comfort, practicality and handling.

For
  • MPV driving experience
  • Excellent load space
  • Fuel consumption
Against
  • Out-dated diesel engine
Road Test

Originally launched in 1997 The Fiat Scudo panel van range comes in the cheap but elderly 1.9D or the advanced but pricier 2.0JTD. There is no real contest on performance grounds. The JTD uses the common-rail injection system to produce refinement and performance that outshines the old D but it still attracts buyers with its price. The 1.9D puts out a modest 69bhp compared to the 109bhp emanating from the JTD. The 1.9-litres top speed is a pedestrian 86mph but you?ll get 103mph from the JTD. The Fiat Scudo is a good choice for the van driver who needs the space of a larger panel van but without the hassle of manoeuvring and parking it on a daily basis. Behind the wheel of a Scudo, the driving experience is more compact MPV than light commercial vehicle, making for a much more pleasurable driving experience. The 900kg payload far exceeds others in its class. The Scudo is very much a commercial vehicle for buyers whose needs fall somewhere between the two established sectors. Standard equipment is power steering, a height adjustable driver's seat and an immobiliser. ABS and airbags are options on these JTD models that most buyers will want to take up, so for used van buyer's check if you're potential purchase has this option. Despite a facelift at the start of 2004, the vans styling still seems outdated compared to rivals. New 2007 Scudo will be available in 18 versions from launch encompassing panel vans, platform cabs and two Commercial Passenger Vehicle variants, the 5/6 or 8/9 seat Combi and the 5/6 seat Panorama Family. With a choice of three MultiJet common rail, direct injection, 16-valve turbo diesel power plants, a 1.6-litre 90 bhp unit, and 120 bhp and 140 bhp power variants of a proven, 2.0 litre engine aimed at strong performance, low running costs, outstanding reliability and a combined fuel consumption figure superior by over 10% to that of rivals.

Verdict

A good mid-size van with the driving of an MPV and great load space.

Fiat Scudo (1999-2007)
Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality

3 stars

Reliability

3 stars

Performance

3 stars

Practicality

4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

2 stars
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