The Fiat Scudo is the ideal family van or commercial combi with up to nine seats in a spacious and well-appointed interior. A strong, Multijet diesel engine and tough, panelled exterior provides exactly the right combination of functionality and style for a combi that’s going places. Its exterior makes it distinctive, particularly as a result of its steeply curved windscreen, oversized bumper and racy headlights.
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The Fiat Scudo Combi is equipped with a 2.0-litre common-rail Multijet engine that delivers 89kW of power at 3 600rpm, and which is turbocharged. A particular benefit of this engine is its fuel economy, which will use only one litre of diesel per 11 kilometres of combined city and urban driving. Multijet direct injection is an advanced technology that manages pressure independently of the engine and speed and the amount of the fuel running through the system. The Multijet system is able to direct a series of fuel injections in small bursts within one engine cycle, providing gradual combustion. The result is refined operations in an engine that reacts promptly and quietly, with reduced emissions (Euro 4 emissions standards) and engine efficiency that suits drivers’ wallets.
The Fiat Scudo Combi suspension makes for no slack transporter as independent all-round MacPherson front struts are combined with springs, dampers and an anti-roll bar to provide rigid handling on the highway and around corners. Power steering, which is adjustable for reach and rake, is light and handles admirably despite this MPV’s solid dimensions. Anti-lock Brake Systems and Electronic Brake-force Distribution provide instant braking and traction in slippery or emergency conditions.
Accessing the Fiat Scudo van’s interior is convenient owing to its low-set base, which is noticeably lower on the road than the average MPV, and which has been specifically designed for people who live and work from their MPV cars. A durable and sculpted dashboard accommodates an office-worth of documents and other valuables in its roomy glove box, door packets, overhead shelf compartment and central storage bin. A hardy grey plastic central console accommodates CD-stereo and climate controls, while the gear lever is conveniently situated underneath the dash, where it’s out of the way and yet still accessible. All the seats are supportive and easy to manoeuvre in and out of, meaning that after a long day on the road, some of your energy is spared. Two sliding doors allow those travelling in the rear of the Scudo Combi to enter and exit the vehicle with ease. Luxury interior features include electric front windows, remote central locking, dual zone air-conditioning and heated electric mirrors.
The exterior of the Fiat Scudo is eye-catching with a large front projection and a raking windscreen that supports its top-heavy, or squat profile, on the road. A short bonnet above a large bumper eases up towards A-frame pillars that create an airy cabin for one or two passengers plus a driver in the Scudo Combi. A wide grille with a Fiat insignia badge flanks two elongated and electrically adjustable headlights that are not only stylish but bright as well. Colour-coded and heated wing mirrors create a streamlined appearance, while behind those wing mirrors, just over five metres of panel van create one of the best small vans when its comes to loading large, if not hefty, objects.
Family holiday vehicles or carpool transporter vans focus on safety as a result of the cargo they carry, and the Fiat Scudo Combi is no exception. Equipped with a double-circuit and servo-brake braking system, which features four discs, the Fiat Scudo was designed with an emphasis on rapid and smooth braking with shorter stopping distances than those of its predecessor. The Hydraulic Brake Assistance system (HBA) increases pressure automatically to the braking system in emergency conditions providing active safety and support when it’s most required. The Fiat Scudo body panel vans performed admirably in crash tests as a result of their high-stiff and non-deformable design. While the driver has an airbag, all seats have active head restraints and seat belts, and front and rear side airbags are standard in every vehicle. Security systems in this Fiat Combi include remote control deadlock – which isolates the inside door handles and levers connected to the lock, and which can be activated remotely – as well as an alarm system and central locking.
The Fiat Scudo Combi combines the benefits of car-like interior comfort, MPV spaciousness and generous load area with the reliability and handling of two generations of Fiat and PSA success. Building on the previous Fiat Scudo Combi, which was a mid-sized van that looked like an MPV but delivered mild road manners and was fun to drive, the new Scudo Combi is sturdy, safe, and includes security features that provide welcome peace of mind.
CMH Fiat specialises in the sale of the Fiat Scudo Combi, which is popular among South African families, taxi owners and businesses as it’s spacious and economic. Contact us on 0861 227 7467 for Fiat prices, specifications or further enquiries.