The Fiat Talento is a bold step by the Italian van maker into the market dominated by the Ford Transit Custom. As a compact sized van, it has got plenty of space and the comfort levels on board will impress – it is also affordable to run and buy. For Custom as well as Renault Trafic buyers it’s a serious alternative in a keenly fought segment – though, in reality, the Talento utilises the third-generation of Trafic’s platform to good effect. For those who aren’t impressed with Fiat’s previous reputation for build quality it’s probably time to take a closer look at what the firm is producing under its aim to reinvent their line-up.
There’s a lot to like about the Fiat Fullback – which is based on the Mitsubishi L200. It is a capable contender in the increasingly popular segment and there’s a strong 2.4 litre diesel engine to help power it along and help deliver its impressive 3.1 tonne towing capacity. However, it can be pricier than its Mitsubishi siblings and on rough roads, the ride can be tad uncomfortable. There’s not a lot to like about the five-speed automatic transmission either.
It has shifted more than 370,000 units and the revamped Fiat Fiorino was launched in 2016 to build on its success. While it’s a cheap to run small van, the interior leaves a lot to be desired and it has an ageing design. It’s also uncomfortable for long journeys though it’s great to drive around town thanks to some very impressive diesel engines.
The Fiat Punto Van is a stylish addition to the van driver car segment and offers impressive levels of economy and performance while having a load space that will carry just about anything someone in this sector once. Loading may be an issue but depending on its use, the Fiat Punto Van is a great all round performer.
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