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FIAT TALENTO 12 LWB DIESEL

2.0 Ecojet 170 SX Van

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Fiat aims to offers a much stronger option to buyers in the mid-sized van segment with this more sophisticated and spacious Talento model. Jonathan Crouch checks out what's on offer.

Background

Fiat's LCV sales have been growing steadily over the last decade thanks to a vast investment in new product which now sees its Professional van line-up offer businesses everything from a 2.5m3 Fiorino van to a 17m3 Ducato. The Transit Custom-sized Talento model we're looking at here lies somewhere in the middle of this little lot and claims to offer all the benefits of a very large van with the affordable running costs of quite a small one. This LCV is better placed than its Scudo predecessor to compete with a whole army of mid-sized rivals. Not only the Transit Custom but also tough competitors like Volkswagen's Transporter, Vauxhall's Vivaro, Renault's Trafic and Mercedes' Vito. Taking on this lot isn't something you'd want to do single-handed, so the Italian brand has chosen to share this design with both Citroen and Peugeot, whose Dispatch and Expert models are pretty much identical but have different engines. With this Fiat, you get clever design, proven powerplants and low running costs in a package that certainly works on paper. Whether it'll cut the mustard day-in-day-out though is what we're here to find out.

Driving Experience

Vans have been becoming more and more car-like in recent years - and this one is no exception. The driving position, though not as high-set as you'd find in the marque's larger Ducato model, is nonetheless commanding. And it's comfortable on the move, coping admirably with the atrocious surfaces offered up by poorer sections of the British road network. That relaxed approach also extends to the electric power steering, which at speed, could offer a bit more feel. You appreciate its lightness around town though, where this van is impressively manoeuvrable for its size. If you're used to very big vans, you will have to adjust to this one's lower stance. This, combined with the big front overhang, can initially make parking a bit tricky, though rearward vision is helped hugely by the huge door mirrors with their separate wide-angle reflectors. Under the bonnet, the Talento gets a range of efficient 1.6-litre turbo and twin-turbo diesel engines, all equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. There's a choice of two engine design themes - single-turbo MultiJet units or more efficient but pricier twin-turbo Ecojet powerplants. The MultiJet models come with 95 or 120bhp. The Ecojet options come in 95, 125 and 145bhp forms.

Design and Build

From a design standpoint, the Talento is compact and well-proportioned. The forward- stretching windscreen connects neatly to the short bonnet and the overall effect creates something a lot better looking than the old Scudo model. The grille is designed to wrap around the headlights and the squared-off rear end allows for ample inner space and a high load capacity, while giving the Talento a broader stance. Inside, the Talento features comfortable ergonomically shaped seats and a useful 90-litres of in-cabin storage space that's delivered in a variety of shapes and sizes (including compartments hidden under the seat base and behind the seat back of the passenger seats). We like the additional blind spot-mitigating ViewPlus interior mirror, the innovative fold-down central seat with detachable clipboard holder and the available smartphone/tablet holder. An advantage this Talento offers over Fiat's smaller Doblo Cargo model is the standard fitment of a properly sized middle third seat. To free up space for this and make it easier for the driver to slide over to the passenger side of the cab, the gearstick has been mounted on a protruding moulding in the centre of the dash. It still rather gets in the way if you're trying to slide across the cab and limits the middle person's legroom. Still, the third seat is useful to have - and quite adequate for mates on short journeys or kids you might have to drop off on the way to work.

Market and Model

Fiat Professional's pricing for this Talento model is, as you might expect, not too different from that of the old Scudo range. Excluding VAT, the figures start at just under £20,000 for the entry-level 1.6-litre MultiJet 95hp SWB standard roof van. There's a premium of around £400 to upgrade to the pokier 125bhp Ecojet engine, while around another £1,000 gets you the faster 145bhp Ecojet unit. If you want the long wheelbase bodystyle, the engine options start with the 120bhp Multijet unit, priced from around £21,500. Crew van and Combi versions based on the LWB chassis are also available, plus a platform cab option if you want it. Standard equipment across the range includes remote central locking, electric front windows, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, a full bulkhead, a height adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support and an arm rest, a dual passenger seat and a full-size spare wheel. There's also a powerful audio system with Bluetooth and DAB, plus USB and Aux-in ports and steering-wheel remote controls. The SX version adds air conditioning, a 'Mobile Office' package that helps you to work on the move, a 'ViewPlus' rear view camera, rear parking sensors, upgraded "Living Brown" interior trim and enhanced exterior detailing. SX versions of the Talento van and crew van are priced at £1,000 more than the standard model.

Practicalities and Costs

In all, there are nine Talento body styles to choose from - the standard and high-roof vans in short and long-wheelbase versions, short and long-wheelbase people carriers and crew vans and a long-wheel base platform cab. Innovative features include the 'CargoPlus' storage area under the passenger seats which allows professionals to carry objects up to 3.75m in length (4.15 for LWB versions) by sliding them into a special bulkhead opening. The rear doors can open up to a wide angle of 255-degrees, allowing easy access and usage of the loading bay. The sliding side door has an aperture of 1,030mm and a load edge just 100mm above the ground. The load volume is rated at 5.2m?? in short wheelbase models, 6m?? in long wheelbase versions and a generous 8.6m?? in the long wheelbase high-roof derivative. This means that the Talento, even in the short wheelbase trim level, is capable of carrying three Euro pallets and, depending on the version, a payload of up to 1,249 kg with a GVW of up to 3,060kg. On to running costs. Thanks to Selective Catalytic Reduction technology and the use of an AdBlue additive, the Talento's various 1.6-litre diesel engines are considerably more efficient than those in the previous Scudo model. The old MultiJet units don't do too badly in terms of running costs - the base 95bhp variant manages 43.5mpg and 170g/km of CO2 - but things have moved on and Fiat's Ecojet technology shows just how far. With Ecojet, you get the brand's Start&Stop system and that helps the 125bhp Ecojet model deliver 47.9mpg and 155g/km. The high performance 145bhp Ecojet unit manages 46.3mpg and 160g/km.

Summary

There's no doubt that this Talento has what it takes to offer an attractive alternative to the Transit Custom, Vivaro, Transporter and Trafic models of this world, but whether you'd want one over its Citroen and Peugeot design stablemates will depend as usual much upon the deal that you're offered and the proximity and convenience of your local franchise. Which is where Fiat reckons it has an advantage. An increasing part of the company's dealer network is open 24 hours a day for service and repair work to minimise business downtime and even those that aren't, usually feature flexible and extended opening hours. If you're running a business on tight margins, that's the kind of support you're going to need. Added to the excellence of this Talento, it could just make for a very attractive business proposition indeed.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency49.50mpg

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • PAS

Exterior Features

  • Front electric windows with one touch facility
  • Heated with electric adjustment external door mirrors
  • LED Daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Twin panelled rear doors
  • Wide view passenger mirror

Interior Features

  • Additional securing rings for load area
  • Closed glove box with light
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Fold down passenger seat with detachable clipboard holder and under seat storage

Packs

  • Style pack - Talento

Safety

  • Drivers airbag

Security

  • Alarm Predisposition
  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking 2 button key

Technical

  • 12V socket in load area
  • ABS + EBD
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Engine start/stop system
  • ESC with Hill start assist and Traction+

Wheels

  • Full size spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2
    149
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    No
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1997
  • Cooling System
    WATER
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    Yes
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    Yes
  • EC Combined
    49.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    170
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Clutch
    SINGLE DRY PLATE
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Front Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Front Suspension
    MCPHERSON STRUTS
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Rear Brakes
    DISCS
  • Rear Suspension
    COIL SPRINGS
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Steering
    PAS
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • BHP
    170
  • Engine Power KW
    125
  • Engine Power RPM
    3500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    280
  • Engine Torque MKG
    38.7
  • Engine Torque NM
    380
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1500

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    NEDC Correlated

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Automatic Clutch
    No
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/65 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    933
  • Height
    1971
  • Length
    5399
  • Load Height
    1387
  • Load Length
    2937
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1268
  • Load Width
    1662
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    1391
  • Rear Door Height
    1320
  • Rear Overhang
    968
  • Side Load Door Width
    907
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    13.7
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    1391
  • Wheelbase
    3498
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1956
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2283

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3050
  • Load Space Volume
    6
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1790
  • No. of Seats
    3
  • Payload
    1260
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

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"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

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"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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