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With a 610kg payload limit and a 2.5m3 load volume, the Fiat Fiorino isn't the biggest van out there. Luckily, it makes up for its lack of bulk with impressive maneuverability and low running costs, while featuring one of the best small diesel engines there is, made still more efficient for this revised model. Less at home on the open road, the Fiorino is nevertheless a great antidote to the woes of urban van operators.
The Fiorino delivers a reasonably spacious load bay coupled with micro dimensions that should make the cuts and thrusts of metropolitan motoring that bit easier to avoid. The van, like the mainstay of Fiat's light commercial vehicle range, was created in partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen.
The engine line-up is a key reason why operators might choose the Fiorino instead of the Peugeot and Citroen models that share its platform. Fiat has installed its acclaimed Euro6-compliant 1.3-litre Multijet oil-burner rather than the 1.4-litre diesel used by its French partners. The unit comes with either 80 or 95bhp and is extremely compact and lightweight, giving rise to excellent fuel economy and with at least 190Nm of torque, it feels strong as well. With that maximum torque produced at 1,750rpm, the Fiorino has the punchy element to its performance that's perfect for darting in and out of traffic. It also has the accurate steering and tight turning circle that operators want when space is tight.
The Fiorino should prove extremely economical to run, particularly in Multijet diesel form. Best of the bunch if you go for the diesel is the 'EcoJet' variant. This employs fuel-saving technologies such as a Start & Stop system, a 'smart' alternator and a variable displacement oil pump. Paired with a Comfort-Matic robotized transmission, it achieves 74.3mpg on the combined cycle, with emissions of 100g/km of CO2, meaning a fuel saving of up to 14% compared to the manual transmission without EcoJet.