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The Fiat Qubo – Fiats New Mom’s Taxi

The Fiat Qubo – Fiats New Mom’s Taxi

Fiat recently introduced the Fiat Qubo which according to Fiat is a non-conformist “Mom’s Taxi” offering practical, economical and funky mobility.

Think of it as the small version of the Fiat Multipla, a car which I thought hideous at first, grew to appreciate for its awkward looks, versatility and drivability especially when powered with the diesel engine.

The Fiat Qubo offers the best of both worlds in its mix between a city car and an MPV, allowing for manoeuvrability, space and flexibility. The Fiat Qubo is a highly functional vehicle with two sliding rear side doors, and flexible interiors capable of offering varying ownership solutions.

The Fiat Qubo will offer two engine derivatives the 1.3L Multijet turbo-diesel and the 1.4L petrol engine.

Fuel savings are achieved by the use of the 1.3 Multijet 55kW diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, which allows the Qubo to travel up to 1000km or more on a single 45 litre tank of diesel (claimed fuel consumption of 4.6L/100km).

The new Qubo’s turbo diesel engine produces 55 kW at 4000 rpm and torque of 190 Nm at 1750 rpm and has a top speed of 155km/h.

The 1.4L petrol engine produces an adequate 54 kW at 5200rpm and a maximum torque of 118 Nm at 2600rpm. The engine is peppy but thrifty, maximum speed is 155 km/h and a claimed fuel consumption of 7.0 l/100 km..

The exterior styling of the Qubo although seemingly peculiar has a rather muscular personality mostly emphasised on the side profile and the rear body treatment.

Large expanses of glass ensure class-leading visibility, with the side glass in particular creating an original visual effect that, combined with the lines drawn in correspondence to the mudguards, streamlines the vehicle’s entire side.

The rear hatchback door lends a sophisticated design, bejewelled as it is with the central Fiat logo and stylized window.

The overall charm of the Qubo is further punctuated by the head and taillights , characterised with transparencies and chromium plating, mounted high to protect them from potential impact – and the front and rear doors, the latter of which are sliding and feature large glass openings to increase passenger comfort and functionality.

The Qubo is also available in a range of ten lively exterior colours that are certain to set it apart from its competitors.

The key selling point of the interior is the level of flexibility offered. The interior has an option of 16 possible arrangements.

With seats in the normal position, the boot measures 330 litres (up to the height of the boot panel) and 650 litres if measured to the roof. With the rear seats removed and the front passenger seat folded down to the floor, the load capacity amounts to a best-in-class 2,500 litres, and a boot capable of holding objects nearly 2.5 metres in length, which, in comparison to the vehicle’s total length of 3.9m represents a ratio that is impressive when compared to the competition.

The rear seats are available in 1/3 and 2/3 configurations, and can be folded or removed (completely or partially) thereby offering surprising load capacity and versatility.

Safety equipment includes ABS complete with EBD, 3-point seat belts with tensioners and load limiters, power steering, and front and side airbags.

The Fiat Qubo is available at dealers and retails for R177990 for the 1.4l petrol version, and R199990 for the 1.3l diesel variant, including VAT and CO2 tax.

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