Fiat Qubo

Presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show as the Fiorino Qubo, Fiat sells it under the simpler name so as not to overemphasize the car’s commercial origins. The Qubo is in fact a direct derivation …

Presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show as the Fiorino Qubo, Fiat sells it under the simpler name so as not to overemphasize the car’s commercial origins. The Qubo is in fact a direct derivation of the Fiat Fiorino, a light commercial vehicle based on the Fiat group’s small modular platform.

The vehicle uses the platform of the Fiat Grande Punto, the differences relate to the specific front bumper and the tailgate that does not split with the hinges at the top, as well as a much wider glazing. It covers a minimum volume of 330 liters and a maximum (with seats folded down) of 2,500 liters. With the restyling of 2011 the range is enriched with new exterior colors, new fabrics and finishes for the interior.

The car has a very particular aesthetic that with small details differs from the vehicle from which it derives. The front bumper is more prominent, has a different design and is body colored. The profile has been modified, characterized by very marked wheel arches along the side, with rounded ends that gives coherence along with the front bumper. Since December 2010, the gasoline engine of PSA origin is no longer available, as it does not meet European emissions standards. The only block available is the 1.3 Multijet in two power steps (75hp and 95hp).

Looking ahead to 2017 the Fiat Qubo is renewed, and it does so with some finishing details, such as alloy wheels, new colors and a new design for the bumper, the front grille and the tailgate. Inside, the Italians show flexibility, with a total of 16 configurations for the seats and up to 2,500 liters of maximum capacity.

As for the engines, there is a 1.4 Fire, atmospheric gasoline with 77 hp of maximum power, with two turbodiesel 1.3 MultiJet II of 95 and 80 hp. The latter may be associated with a five-relationship Dualogic robotic change.

The Fiat Qubo arrives on the Spanish market after being presented last July, as an update that followed in the footsteps of the tepidly renewed Fiat Fiorino. Let’s not expect great novelties, therefore, in the exterior appearance of the passenger version of this small on the outside, large on the inside.

3,964 mm 2,513 mm 1,716 mm 1,740 mm

True to the motto “Simple Status”, the design of the Fiat Qubo maintains the essential features of the utility that shares the Pianale FGA Small platform with the Fiat Fiorino and with the Fiat Grande Punto. Six years after the first generation saw the light, the new Fiat Qubo continues to prioritize functionality and simplicity.

We hardly observe news in this update; it’s a facelift.

To the existing body colors are now added the two new tones that we see in the images: Magnetic Bronze and Libertà Blue. Also new are the 15-inch diamond alloy wheels burnished, and 16-inch in gloss black, as well as the trims of the 15-inch wheels.

The functionality of the Fiat Qubo is reflected in aspects such as the different configurations of the seats (16 in total) or the capacity of its trunk: 330 liters, measured up to the tray with the backrests of the rear seats in normal position, 650 liters measured up to the roof, and up to a maximum of 2,500 liters, measured up to the roof and with the rear seats disassembled,  with a load length of 2.5 meters.

All that, in a vehicle of 3.96 meters in length.

Easy Finishes, Lounge, Trekking with more technology

The Fiat Qubo is manufactured in fiat’s factory in Bursa, Turkey, where the Fiat Tipo is produced.

The cabin has been redesigned, and now has a more technological look. The steering wheel is new, and it highlights the glossy black trim and integrated controls, as an optional element. Also optional are the leather coating for the steering wheel and the knob of the gear lever.

The instrument panel features a new backlit graphics, for better visibility. The upholstery has also been renewed in fabrics and tones, and a central molding in gloss black adorns the dashboard of the Lounge and Trekking versions.

The brand’s sales expectations are 2,000 units per year.

As standard, the Fiat Qubo already includes in the Easy finish abs systems with EBD, ESC with ASR, HBA, Hill Holder, front and side airbags. The windows are electric on the front doors, and the bumpers are painted in the body color. The spare wheel is of normal dimensions.

In the Lounge version, the new infotainment system with MP3 radio is added, with a 5-inch color touch screen, which includes Bluetooth, audio streaming, USB port, auxiliary connector and controls on the steering wheel. Also standard for this finish are the fog lights, the manual climate control, the split rear seat (60/40) and the electric and thermal exterior mirrors, in the color of the body.

Finally, the Trekking level provides longitudinal roof bars and 15-inch diamond and burnished alloy wheels, with specific M+S tires, front seats with armrests, and driver’s seat with lumbar regulation and adjustable in height. This finish maintains the camper look with a renewed front protector, specific side moldings and tinted windows

These aesthetic attachments of the Fiat Qubo Trekking are the exterior complement to the Traction+ system that mounts inside, a device that inherits directly from the Fiat 500L Trekking and that in case of lack of adhesion at speeds below 50 km / h transfers the driving force of the wheel that tends to skate to the wheel with greater grip on the ground. The Trekking version is completed with a specific suspension that raises the body, compared to the other two versions of the Fiat Qubo 2017.

Fiat Qubo 1.4 Easy 77 PS 9,130 euros
Fiat Qubo 1.3 Multijet Easy 80 PS 10,624 euros
Fiat Qubo 1.3 Multijet Lounge 80 PS 11,668 euros
Fiat Qubo 1.3 Multijet Trekking 80 PS 12,453 euros
Fiat Qubo 1.3 Multijet Lounge 95 PS 11,978 euros
Fiat Qubo 1.3 Multijet Trekking 95 PS 12,763 euros


A complete mechanical range

The Fiat Qubo has a large selection of engines which, although not very wide, is perfectly adapted to the objectives of this van.

The only gasoline engine available is a 1.4-liter block developing 77 hp. In the case of diesel there are two options based on the 1.3 Multijet and offering 80 and 90 hp respectively.

All engines come as standard paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. However, the less powerful diesel variant can incorporate an automatic system with pilot clutch.

Easy, Lounge and Trekking trim levels

There are three trim levels to choose from: Easy, Lounge and Trekking. As standard, from the most modest, includes safety features such as front and side airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC with ASR, HBA and Hill Holder (hill start assist). Fortunately, there is also no lack of electric front windows, remote control key, body-colored bumpers, spare wheel or adjustable steering wheel.

The Lounge trim adds a highly recommended infotainment system with 5-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth, radio with MP3, six speakers, USB port, steering wheel controls, streaming audio, fog lights, manual climate control.

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