Driving impression: Fiat Qubo

By admin
26 August 2013

The Fiat Qubo is a small family car based on a commercial vehicle. And what’s more, it’s affordable, practical and sturdy.

But it’s a matter of what you see is what you get and everything about it is straightforward. The Qubo’s biggest advantage is its interior space and practicality, and it measures in at 3 960 mm in length, 1 720 mm in height and 1 680 mm in width. Furthermore it offers 16 different seat arrangements and can either be folded or removed. With the seats in the conventional position, it has 330 litres of luggage space and with the seats out of the way the Qubo can accommodate objects that measure up to 2,5 metres long. The plastics used in the interior are of a decent-enough quality and the entertainment system is well controlled by Fiat’s Blue&Me hands-free system, which allows you to plug in your phone or iPod via USB and control everything through the multifunction steering wheel. It also comes with power steering, air-conditioning, ABS brakes and a number of airbags. Driving the Qubo is unlikely to set your world alight but that’s not what this van is about. It does a decent job of being a runabout or family wheels. Its 1,4-litre petrol engine returns an average fuel consumption of 6,6 litres/100 km and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. If you need loads of packing space and want to get from point A to B without needing a trailer and spending bucket-loads on fuel the Qubo will serve you well.

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  • Price: R188 990
  • Engine: 1,4-litre petrol
  • Power: 54 kW
  • Torque: 118 Nm
  • 0-100 km/h: 16,2 sec
  • Top speed: 155 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 6,6 litres/100 km

- Jeremy Petersen 

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