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Fiat Qubo facelifted for 2016

The revamped Fiat Qubo is available to order now, featuring new front and rear end designs and a revised interior.

Retaining its compact supermini footprint (3.96m long and 1.7m wide) the new Qubo MPV continues to offer room for five adults plus a 250-litre boot – which grows to 650 litres when the parcel shelf is removed or a van-like 2,500 litres with the rear seats removed. When equipped with the optional folding front passenger seat, the Fiat Qubo can also accommodate objects of up to 2.5m in length.

For 2016, the Qubo gets a new “smiling” front grille and revised front bumper, while Trekking versions also get new skid plate panels in the front and rear bumpers, plus special side mouldings with silver inserts, and Trekking alloy wheels with mud-and-snow tyres.

The tailgate’s large circular recess has given way to a straight, flat panel while the gloss black trim now accommodates the tailgate release, illumination for the relocated number plate and a bolder Qubo badge. There are two new exterior colours, Magnetic Bronze and Azure Blue, as well as new wheel cover and alloy wheel designs.

Inside, there’s a new steering wheel design; black mirror-finish detailing on the steering wheel spokes and centre console surround; new instruments; new seat upholstery and new infotainment options; including a new Uconnect system with a five-inch colour touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity, USB and aux-in ports as well as the option of satellite navigation.

There are three trim levels available. The entry-level Pop version is powered by Fiat’s 77hp 1.4-litre petrol engine and includes remote central locking, electric front windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors, body coloured bumpers and mirror covers, height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and an arm rest and opening rear quarter-light windows – all fitted as standard. Safety equipment includes ABS with EBD, ESC with ASR, HBA, Hill Holder system and front and side airbags. 

For a thousand pounds more, the mid-spec Lounge version adds air conditioning, front fog lights, the colour five-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, steering wheel remote controls, steering wheel and gear shifter trimmed in leather and 16-inch alloy wheels. It is available with either the 77hp 1.4-litre petrol engine or the 80hp 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel which is also available with Fiat’s Dualogic automatic transmission.

The range-topping Qubo Trekking, with its raised suspension and Traction+ electronic front differential, adds dark tinted windows, roof bars, rear parking sensors, cruise control and the 95hp 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel as standard. 

The new Fiat Qubo is on sale now, with prices ranging from £11,695 to £15,695 on-the-road.