Italian Fiat Ducato has a good repute among light commercial vehicles; as the car has been in the market for years and many generations of the automobile have come in the market. Low operating costs and fuel-efficient engines are among prominent features of light commercial vehicles and Ducato also meets these aforesaid conditions.
These pickup vans and trucks are used mostly for intra-city operations. The present model of the Fiat Ducato van was launched in 2011; and received a facelift after three years of its launch. This year once again alterations and progress have been made in the same model.
Fiat Ducato engines are good to pull loads and consume less fuel. As the van has been in the market since 1981 so used Fiat Ducato engines are also available to budget buyers. Fiat engine suppliers rebuild power units so that they can perform well; and the vehicles in which these get installed keep running for a longer period of time.
New nine-speed auto transmissions have been introduced but no auto gearbox for entry-level models. The new speed transmissions are sleek and this addition has been welcomed. The functioning of the transmissions is to improve performance and not to hamper acceleration.
Expensive models with high specifications now have come up with five years warranty and it is another expression of the Italian van maker of trustworthy reliability. This van has body design and the basic structure of the two oldest vans; in these segments which give strength to the claim of durability.
It is not the most advanced van in its class but still, it is a competitor for a good spot. It offers a better driving experience and a variety of engines. It is also important that the van has progressed with time and keep intact its place over the years. Excellent payload rating makes it a good choice for the buyers as it performs its duty nicely.
The load area is to maximize the available space so you can load as much as the cargo area can hold. It is also used as a camp van because of the ample space at the hind. You can select one from three wheelbases’ lengths and the largest obviously give you more area to carry the load.
Ducato uses all engines from Fiat and the best thing of these power units is that they are purposefully built for commercial vans. In this way, no other engine could do better than Fiat’s own.
With the new auto gearbox, the van has improved much in the driving experience. Next year Fiat is going to introduce its first-ever electric Ducato and it will be the very first of its kind from the producer of Ducato.
It will be available for the buyers in 2020 which surely will change the market to a great extent. Apparently, there is not much difference between the present model and previous models of the van.
The exterior is less important so more focus always remains on the basics and you can feel the difference in the performance of previous models and the latest Ducato. With the driver, two other persons could be seated as two separate seats are available for them.
With individual seats for two persons, the front cabin offers you good space but seats are not as comfortable as they could be.
The interior of the front cabin also has not changed much except the infotainment system which has advanced; and now better equipped than before. Apple Car-Play and Android Auto for the first time have been added to the infotainment system.
Other connectivity apps are also made available to enhance options for entertainment and information. The base-level engine of Ducato now kicks off with 2.3 litres and there is the number of power variants of the same unit.
All models are in compliance with carbon emission standards of Europe and have variable-geometry turbocharger; so some great new features have been introduced in the new model.
The van has just front-wheel-drive configuration but with it, the same offer good choices. It is a good workhorse but if you are after comfort then must avoid this van as it lacks in this area.