2010 Fiat Doblo SX 1.6 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Very practical but dull
Usual wear and tear (suspension, brakes, service parts) plus a few electrical gremlins, but nothing really serious or expensive. Sliding doors felt a bit flimsy by the time I was finished with it, but it did get a lot of use.
This Doblo was used as a taxi for most of its life. 2010 model is the first of the 'new' updated shape, and I think it is a lot sharper looking than the old model.
Inside this car impresses the most - lots and lots of space and well though out cubby holes for storage. You see a lot of these as taxis and mobility cars and it's easy to see why, it is very user friendly. Sliding doors on both sides are very practical; some people struggle to close them though as they are not the lightest.
To drive it's pretty boring but comfortable. The 1.6 diesel is a good all rounder, doing about 50 MPG on average, but don't expect any performance, it does the job and no more. I think mine was the "Multi-jet" engine.
Reliability was pretty good for a Fiat, as I've heard they get quite low ratings over the years, but I never had much beyond wear and tear as mentioned above. Decided to get rid of it when approaching 100,000 miles though as I bet it would have given me serious trouble being on the road everyday, but you could say that about any car at a decent age and mileage.
When it comes down to it, you can't expect much from a car designed for families or to be used as a taxi; at the end of the day it does what it is supposed to do and it will never be a car to get excited about, but if you are looking for something practical I'd recommend the Doblo. If buying used, check the service history and a well looked after one is a must, but be careful if it has been used as a taxi, there will be excessive interior wear.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd January, 2018