A Bread and Butter Van: Fiat Scudo

When we see van reviews, nearly all the vans are kitted out with GPS systems, leather trim, air conditioning, alloy wheels and so on. The aim of this is to hope that readers think that all of these extras come at standard and at a base price. We all know however that these extras are not cheap; what most fleet owners want to see reviewed is the basic model, the essential vehicle for business purposes.

Value for Money

In steps the Fiat Scudo, a basic van which will do what’s asked of it, cheaply. It’s had reasonable success since it was released in 1997, coming in a variety of guises but tended to be overshadowed by its bigger brother the Ducato or undercut by its smaller sibling the Doblo Cargo. The Scudo’s 2012 basic model features a 1.6 litre 90bhp Multijet diesel engine which may not seem like enough, but we found that it was ample for practically all business uses. If you need more, there are a further 130bhp and 160bhp engine options available.

How does it drive?

The Scudo performs well on the road with smooth gear changes, sharp handling and a good amount of torque to accelerate heavy loads along. Fuel efficiency is not bad with 40mpg but could be better – ironically you have to pay a lot more for those fuel efficient engines, and its not even certain that you get that money back in savings over the lifetime of the van. Van insurance quotes should be pretty cheap though.

The Spec

Its got a respectable payload of 1200kg and comes as standard with ABS, panelled bulkheads, sliding doors on both sides, electric windows, remote central locking as well as an airbag. Oh and you also get a driver cup holder, nice! The only optional extras apart from bigger engines are aircon, parking sensors and an electronic stability programme totalling just under 1000. That’s pretty frugal compared to most manufacturers’ list of extras and at £16,345 (ex. VAT) for your base model, we think that’s pretty good value for money.



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