Vantastic: the Ducato does it all

Posted on 18 April 2013 by Tony Santos

Fiat-Ducato-2011

What image do you conjure up when you hear the name Fiat? A cute Punto or maybe a little Panda? Well, the Ducato might just help you change your impression of this iconic car brand.

As well as manufacturers of passenger cars, this Italian car maker is also responsible for producing some of the best commercial vans available – the Ducato being one of them.

Large loads

Anyone in the market for a professional vehicle often only has one thing on their mind: space! Fortunately, the Fiat Ducato doesn’t disappoint. This van comes with several options, including seven different volumes, from a reasonable 8m3 to a spacious 17m3.

That’s not all though, it also has three wheelbases. Choose between side or rear door, payload from 1000-2000kg and maximum axle loads of up to 2400kg on the rear. It’s safe to say that in terms of size, the Ducato van is as far from the dinky Italian passenger cars as you can imagine.

Maximising space

Many people are surprised when their load doesn’t fit into a van but it’s often not because the space isn’t there but because of the awkward angles or small doors not allowing you to actually load your goods.

The Fiat Ducato doesn’t have that problem. It’s been designed to ensure that every cubic inch of space can actually be used. There are two widths and heights of sliding doors, an upper slide rail and suitcase handles, as well as a 1.5m high door on the version with the lowest roof. This makes loading tall goods relatively simple and even the wheel arches have a space of 1422mm between them; perfectly designed to allow the standard size of Euro pallets to fit without any issues.

Italian flair

The Fiat Ducato is now part of a collaboration with Citroen and Peugeot but there is one big difference between the Ducato and its French family; the engine. A couple of examples of the engines for the van is an 180PS (177bhp) 3.0 litre and a 2.3 litre with various outputs. The Ducato may be cousins with the Relay and Boxer but it is all the better for the range of Italian Fiat engines.

Camper conversion

Just when you thought that you’d heard it all, the Ducato is also a popular choice for campervan conversion. Motorhome builders like this particular model because of its shape and style but perhaps more importantly its reliability and quality.

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