One can only image what it felt like to be Picasso and have half the world wonder why you drew a woman who had two eyes on one side of her face. Well, that is until Fiat came out with the design for the Fiat Multipla. When the Multipla was first launched many people were a little scared of how it looked. After all it was the first supermini-MPV to take on such a profound design. Fiat suffered much like Picasso did in his early years and got a lot of praise from people in the know, but sold very few paintings…err…Multipas.
Fiat redesigned the Multipla and made it look a little more like the other mini-MPVs on the road yet were still able to maintain some of the originally artiness. Fiat left the low profile and the greenhouse style glass wrapped all the way around the car while adding a more normal Fiat type front grille and headlamps. In the back Fiat gave it the standard issue taillights found on most supermini-MPVS. Some would say that the Multipla is no longer the avant-garde painting it once was rather it now looks more like a piece of pop art. Some might even say that Fiat sold out and who know in today’s world of sell, sell, sell Picasso may have decided to give the world a painting that had eyes in the correct place if it meant selling more prints.
There is good news! Fiat has not changed the interior very much which means the dashboard still looks very much like something found on a spaceship. Some of the gadget controls are in the last place one would look. The mirror adjusters are up on the roof. Picasso would be proud.
Fiat has cleverly been able to keep the length of the car short while accommodating 6 people. This was achieved by putting bench seats in the front and the rear. When 6 seats are not needed both the middle seats can be laid flat to add a few more cup holders and an armrest. The front middle seat can be removed completely and replaced with a console that contains an 18-inch cooler or warmer. All the seats come with 3-point safety belts and are exactly the same in shape and comfort. Getting in and out is easy with the extra wide doors that fully open.
By smartly utilizing the space of the car Fiat was also able to keep the boot area capable of holding up to 430-litres or 540-litres if you move the back seats one click forward. Leg room for the back seat riders is very formidable even with the seat moved one notch up. It should be noted that the overall length of the Multipla is only 4m.
Buyers can choose from either a 1.9-litre turbo diesel engine or a 1.6-litre petrol powered engine. Most will probably chose the diesel since it give just as much power with better fuel mileage. The mileage runs an estimated 45.6mpg combined with the petrol getting roughly 39.2 combined.
No matter if the Fiat Multipla is purchased as an art item or a practical supermini-MPV the new owner will realize it is both. Fiat once again shows the world that you can have its art and drive it too.
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