IT was a question of Italian style that the Fiat Qubo van launched here earlier this year has proved to be a hit in South Africa.
Let’s explore why Mzansi has gone gaga over the little jack of all trades. Firstly, and very obvious fact, the Qubo allows its owner the freedom to do anything they choose. It is an MVP right, but very easy to handle as a city car. Which means you can drop off the kids at school in the morning, drive around for personal business, including shopping for rough things like building materials or go take your mother for a pleasant, comfortable drive. In South Africa today not many people can afford to have different vehicles for various purposes, so all-jobs-in-one Qubo comes in handy, with its attractive looks also enhanced by its shiny body paint, coming in a major bonus.
Secondly, with prices starting at R177 990, it’s a bargain for a spacious and comfortable MPV.
Thirdly, practicality and and keenness to perform makes the Qubo a hit. For example, 16 different seat arrangements are on offer, with the seats in the conventional position, has 330 dm3 of luggage space available. The boot 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.
The Qubo has just two engine options to choose from – a 55 kW 1,3-litre Multijet turbodiesel 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.
R177 990 – for the petrol version
R199 990 – for the diesel version
Prices include a three-year/100,000km full maintenance plan and warranty.