With its fun ‘boxy’ shape and tough practical build, the Fiat Qubo may not come first in a beauty contest, but from inside this compact MPV, passengers enjoy a roomy and comfortable ride with all their belongings swallowed up by a spacious boot. Driving the Qubo is an easy, no-nonsense experience with fuel stop-offs kept to a minimum, thanks to Qubo’s advanced and extremely frugal engines. With no service required for the first 20K miles, this is a car that is well put together and built to last.
First launched in 2008, the Qubo is a hugely practical and flexible choice for getting around. Today’s 2017 version offers a tempting combination of generous space, excellent viewing all round, and frugal economy, making it perfect for family motoring and longer trips. But with sharp steering and a tight turning circle, the Qubo is no slouch on city streets either.
Put simply, Qubo brings freedom to the open road, adapting to any lifestyle or trip with no fewer than 16 different seating configurations and a maximum 2500 litres of storage. This is a real living space on wheels with plenty of room inside the freshly coloured cabin to accommodate bikes, surfboards and luggage whilst transporting 5 people in comfort. What’s more, the boot is accessed through clever sliding doors, so loading and unloading couldn’t be simpler.
For the driver, the Qubo puts technology at the fingertips with a simple and ergonomically designed instrument panel, including hands-free Bluetooth and mp3 connectivity. Certain models have integrated touchscreen navigation, telephone and infotainment systems as well as alerts to assist the motorist in driving more safely and economically.
For a family car that is likely to transport heavy loads, Fiat have made safety a priority on board the 2017 Qubo. Every version includes advanced anti-locking brakes, stability system, hill holder, ISOFIX base for child seats, rear head restraints and four airbags. The car comes in three trims; the entry Active model, the feature-rich My Life model and the range-topping Qubo Trekking which incorporates special wheel traction technology, making it suitable on or off-road, and in all weathers. New Fiat Qubo prices start at around £11.5K for the Active 1.4 model.
The power-train of the 2017 Qubo features Fiat’s advanced engine technology, delivering superb economy for the class. A good choice of capacity and PS is available for both petrol and diesel models, with the emphasis on power with economy rather than raw guts. This is well illustrated by the new generation 1.3L multi-jet diesel engine which will complete 660 miles on a single tank and return an outstanding 68mpg.