Road Test Blocks
Fiat’s powerful Euro-5 Scudo has plenty of features that give it character – but it fails to deliver when carrying the full 1,200kg payload.
The revamped Scudo was first launched in early 2007, when LCV sales were on an upward trend. Built on a shared platform with its Sevel van siblings – Peugeot Expert and Citroën Dispatch – the new Scudo stormed to success securing the International Van of the Year award in 2008, in addition to starring in an advertising campaign with several Italian football stars and Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher.
Four years on, and sales still trail in the wake of its rivals – Transporter, Vito and Transit – but the Fiat Professional range is catching up. Value for money, improving aftersales care and an impressive range of products have helped, but will the addition of a new Euro-5 engine entice new customers to the 3-tonne Scudo?
This test model pictured, fitted with a revised 2-litre Multijet engine, is the first Scudo to meet Euro-5 regulations, achieving a claimed 40.9mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 181g/km. Impressive figures when you consider the 163hp and 3,400Nm of torque available.
The Euro-5 Scudo panel van comes with a choice of long or short-wheelbases (3,000mm or 3,122mm), and two height options (1,449mm or 1,750mm). Our test vehicle is the L2H1 model (long-wheelbase) which starts from £19,385, while short-wheelbase versions commence at £18,195.
The Scudo is typical no-thrills, run-of-the-mill van. There isn’t much to dislike about it; it’s cheap to run, practical and it handles relatively well although smaller engines may be a bit strained when carrying a full load.