Blending an eye-catching and attractive new form with class-leading function, the new Fiat Qubo offers chart-topping family friendliness.
Using the highly acclaimed Fiat Grande Punto platform as a base, the Fiat Qubo is aimed at drivers who want to combine versatility, space and a car-like driving experience without sacrificing individuality.
The Fiat Qubo has been designed to appeal to buyers who are confident in a car that's anything but run of the mill. As easy to manoeuvre as a supermini, it feels as spacious and comfortable as an MPV. This is achieved thanks to a large glass area that doesn't just give the interior its airy feel but also boosts visibility and contributes to the car's unique look. It's neatly summed up by the out of the ordinary name. A play on the word Cube, Qubo hints that this car has far more to it than meets the eye.
Four versions of the Fiat Qubo will be available when it goes on sale this January with prices ranging from £9750 to £12,350. There will be two engine options, Fiat's award-winning 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel and a perky 1.4-litre petrol, plus Active and Dynamic trim levels that incorporate a generous amount of standard-fit equipment.
Safety features are a priority, with all models offering driver, passenger and side airbags as well as head restraints and three-point seatbelts for all five seats. ABS anti-lock brakes and EBD Electronic Brake Distribution are also standard fit.
The car's comprehensive standard equipment list, including electric front windows, power steering and a fully adjustable steering wheel, is further enhanced by Fiat's unique and highly innovative Blue&Me hands-free communication system. This features across the range and is unique for this class of car.
The more highly specified Dynamic model comes with air conditioning, body-coloured and heated electric door mirrors, anodised aluminium interior door handles and dash inlays, height adjustable driver's seat, roof bars and 16-inch alloy wheels replacing the regular 15-inch items.
Signalling that the Fiat Qubo has more to it than the ability to shift loads and people in comfort, it will become available with a choice of nine vibrant colours including a funky green and fiery orange. These are the perfect complement to a shape that's sleek and streamlined but also incorporates a raised driving position for maximum visibility and safety. Cleverly considered details include a protruding front bumper to protect vulnerable components, along with sliding rear doors to maximise the practicality of the Fiat Qubo's five-seat layout.
The comfortable but versatile interior has been designed to look stylish while still being hard-wearing and driver friendly. It's also capable of adopting 16 different positions. Remove the split folding rear seats and 2500 litres of load space is available.
Both of the Fiat Qubo's engines conform to the latest stringent emissions requirements. The 1.3-litre 16v MultiJet returns a Combined economy figure of 62.8 mpg, and low, tax-friendly emissions of 119 g/km. Strong economy is also one of the bonuses of the 1.4 petrol, thanks to its multipoint injection system.
The MultiJet engine can be specified with Fiat's Dualogic six-speed automatic transmission. This can be used as a clutchless manual as well as a full automatic. And there's an Economy button to help maximise fuel consumption.
To ensure drivers get the most out of their Fiat Qubo, the car will become compatible with Fiat's new eco:Drive system. This enables owners to use the Blue&Me USB slot to download details of their driving and have it analysed by a bespoke computer program. The result is that they can reduce substantially the impact their car has on the environment, and save fuel too.
All of which makes the Fiat Qubo an eco-friendly family member that's versatile enough for people who need a smart yet straightforward car to integrate seamlessly into their busy lifestyle.Published 14 January 2009