Their cars are small in size, unpretentious. But style has not been sacrificed for size, even for modest things like vans.
The Fiat Qubo, which has already launched in South Africa, has been made to “allow you the freedom to do anything you choose”, as its makers say. As an MPV it is as easy to handle as a city car and as spacious and comfortable as an MPV, at a starting prices of just R177 990. Fiat Qubo, offers heaps of practicality and measures in at 3 960mm in length, 1 720mm high and 1 680mm wide. The Qubo offers 16 different seat arrangements and, with the seats in the conventional position, has 330 dm3 of luggage space available. The boot (972 mm wide, 737 mm deep, 545 mm high under the boot panel) is also able to accommodate objects that measure up to 2.5 metres in length. The rear seats are available in 1/3 or 2/3 configurations and can be folded or removed depending on what is needed.
There are two engine options available – a 55 kW 1.3-litre Multijet turbo diesel and a 54 kW 1,4-litre petrol. The diesel unit has a fuel consumption figure of 4,6 litres/100 km and Fiat claims a 1 000 km range on the 45-litre fuel tank. The 1.4-litre petrol returns a fuel consumption of 7.0 litres/100 km. Both units come mated with a five-speed manual transmission.
Standard features across the range include Fiat’s Blue& Me hands-free sound system, a leather-clad steering wheel, cruise control, air-conditioning, electric front mirrors, ABS with EBD, Isofix anchorages, power steering, and front and side airbags.
On the styling front, the Qubo features large body-coloured bumpers and side mirrors, a gaping grille, a long nose and large windows for better visibility.
The Qubo’s selling point will be its versatility.The five-seater is suitable as a family car, work vehicles and for fun lovers it also functions well as a long-distance party on wheels. With its elegant paint job, this vehicle is going to command attention.
The Qubo retails for R177 990 for the petrol version and R199 990 for the diesel variant. Prices include a three-year/100,000km full maintenance plan and warranty.