Published on Monday 11 February 2019 in Van News
The Fiat Fiorino - the small van with a lot to offer
Has your business outgrown the family hatchback and you're now looking for a small van? Take a look at the Fiat Fiorino - £99pm on a Vanarama van lease - because it could be the perfect fit! Vanarama van expert Tim Cattlin reports.
Have you had that moment of epiphany when you realise your business has finally outgrown the family hatchback? Did you stop being able to see out of the windscreen when driving because your latest floral creation took up all the space in your tiny boot? I think the cheeky little Fiat Fiorino is the solution you're looking for.
What's a Fiat Fiorino?
Previously marketed as the (now discontinued) Peugeot Bipper and Citroen Nemo as part of a joint venture with the PSA group, the Fiorino remains one of the few true small urban delivery vehicles on the market right now.
Don't be deceived by its small footprint, the Fiorino is a true commercial vehicle and a proven solution for hundreds of small businesses that need load volume without the parking, maneuvering and loading issues which occur when operating a larger van in tight urban environments.
Is the Fiat Fiorino good value for money?
Here at Vanarama, we've currently got a - quite frankly - stunning offer on the high-spec Fiorino 1.4 8v Fire van in the top-spec Tecnico trim which you should take a look at here. Inside the cab, for example, is a full satellite navigation screen and air conditioning!
And not only does the van include a side loading door (absolutely vital for kerbside loading and unloading), reverse sensors are fitted which help you into those challenging (and increasingly hard to find) on-street parking spaces and reduce the risk of those annoying dents, scuffs and scrapes when things don't quite go to plan.
What's the Fiat Fiorino packing?
So, to the business end – the Fiorino is like Dr Who's Tardis with the small exterior giving few clues to the almost cavernous load bay. If a load length of 1523mm isn't enough, the passenger seat can fold down to allow loads up to almost 2500mm in length.
Over 1000mm is available between the wheel arches and the load height of 1200mm means that the Fiorino has a total load volume capacity of 2.5 cu/m, increasing to 2.8 cu/m with the passenger seat folded. But, what if you carry weight as well as volume? That's not a problem with a payload of 601kg!
The 1368cc Euro 6 petrol engine punches out a very respectable 77hp but returns a healthy 39.2 mpg (combined cycle, NEDC).
Buy used... or lease brand-new?
So, why lease a new Fiorino when you might to find a nice, clean used example to buy. It's bound to be cheaper... isn't it? No!
Buying used: A 2017 Fiorino with 39,000 miles is currently being advertised on Auto Trader. In the finance example given, a deposit of £2400 (including the total VAT of £1299) would be followed by 60 monthly payments of £113.44. But how can you really be sure what a used van has been used for?
Leasing brand-new: With Vanarama, an initial payment of £1999 + VAT is followed by 59 monthly payments of £99 + VAT.
And when you DO lease brand-new you get a full manufacturer's warranty from day 1, no MOTs to pay for in the first 3 years, and you have a van that hasn't been worked for almost 40,000 miles... no contest, really?
These won't hang around long – order yours before someone else does!
If you liked this article, why not check out this one from Tim Cattlin about the brand-new Ford Transit Custom?