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Fiat Professional Talento SX 1.6 145hp L2H1

Date: 14 July 2016   |   Author: James Dallas

Category: Medium van
Key rival: Renault Trafic
Price (excl. VAT): £23,445
On sale: June 2016

Fiat's new Talento is the latest van to be based on Renault's Trafic, joining the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro. It is effectively identical to its donor model under the skin, although Fiat has made cosmetic changes by introducing a more horizontal design to the nose and including LED headlamps on the bumper.

The Talento has inherited many of the Trafic's clever innovations, including the load-through hatch in the bulkhead at the base of the passenger seat, which allows a load length of up to 3.75m in standard and 4.15m in LWB versions.

The 'mobile office' requirement is fulfilled by a fold-down central passenger seat. Standard on SX trim, this costs £170 on base models. SX, which has a £1000 premium over the entry model, also gets aircon (otherwise a £720 option), rear parking sensors and full wheel covers.

The maximum load volume of 6.0m3 offered by the Talento's predecessor, the  Scudo goes up to 8.6m3, with a maximum payload of 1249kg, up slightly on the Scudo's 1212kg upper limit.

Four Euro6 diesel engines - two single-turbo and a pair of twin-turbo powertrains - are available, with outputs ranging from 95hp to 145hp. All require topping up with AdBlue. We drove the most powerful 1.6-litre twin-turbo Ecojet with an output of 145hp.

It provides impressive responsiveness across its full range and works smoothly with the slick, six-speed manual gearbox that is standard across the line-up. It is particularly happy on long motorway slogs, so operators more usually engaged in urban work may prefer the 125hp twin-turbo or either the 95hp or 120hp single-turbo.

These smaller engines are not, however, the most economical, with best official consumption of 46.3mpg and CO2 of 160g/km being matched by the 145hp unit. The most frugal honour goes to the 125hp twin-turbo with figures of 47.9mpg and 155g/km.

The trouble with basing a new van on a product that's been on sale for a couple of years is that in the meantime the competition ups its game. Peugeot and Citroen now claim economy of 55.3mpg and CO2 of just 133g/km for their new Expert and Dispatch medium vans, while Ford cites best official consumption of 49.6mpg for the Transit Custom.

Fiat Professional Talento SX 1.6 145hp L2H1

Price (ex VAT) £23,445
Price range (ex VAT) £19,745-£26,535
Insurance group 9E
Warranty 3yrs/100,000mls
Service intervals 21,000mls
Load length 2937mm
Load width 1268/1662mm
Gross payload 1243kg
Load volume 6.0m3
Engine size/power 1598cc/145hp
Combined fuel economy 46.3mpg
CO2 160g/km


Extremely capable - should see Fiat gain a foothold in the sector
  • Efficient
  • Innovative and good engines
  • Thanks to its Renault roots
  • Doesn't bring anything new to the sector