In-depth Reviews

Fiat Multipla owner reviews

"The Fiat Multipla looks unconventional, yet it fulfils the MPV brief very well - carrying passengers in comfort and luggage with ease."

Carbuyer Rating

2.5 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

53%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 5reviews
  • 11reviews
  • 1reviews
  • 4reviews

Common Problems

  • Suspension (1 cases)
  • Electrics (2 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Brakes (3 cases)
  • Engine, Gearbox / clutch, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Engine (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics (1 cases)
  • Other (2 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Multipla 1.9 Multijet Eleganza

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
This car is perfect for our family of 2 adults and 3 children, and two medium dogs. All seats are individual and full size, ideal for child safety seats. Legroom is generous, even in the back. The boot space is ample for holiday luggage for the whole family, and if not all 6 seats are needed, any of the three rear seats can be fully removed. With all three seats removed, the Multipla doubles as a capacious van. The car handles and rides really well, and the latest, uprated 120bhp diesel is pretty lively. This, combined with the high seating position, makes it an enjoyable car to drive. Having owned Volkswagen cars and vans over many years, the Fiat Multipla has proved no less reliable overall. Steering, engine, cooling system and gearbox have proved trouble-free. Suspension seems to be the exception, with rear and front wishbones needing replacement around 36,000 and 48,000 miles respectively. There have been a couple of minor electrical issues, resolved without hassle by our local family owned Fiat dealer. Services at 12,000-mile intervals have been surprisingly affordable, although a few non-routine replacements seem to have excessively high prices. The bodywork is very well protected against rust and at 5 years of age still looks stunning. All in all, we are extremely satisfied with our 3.5 year ownership of one of the last Multiplas to roll off the production line and expect to hang on to it for at least another couple of years.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Jtdi, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great fun, great handling. Perfect family car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

ELX, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The best car for a family, it just would be better with a bit extra length wise for a bigger boot.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

ELX, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Lovely quirky car but reliablity is a down fall. Mega practical and has so much space in the cabin.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

JTD105, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great to drive and spacious but with six people the boot is not big enough for six suitcases we take a baggage trailer on holiday. The seats are large and comfortable and the driving position is very comfortable with geat stick high up on dashboard. This car has great all round vision. I would buy another with a smaller more economic 1.5 diesel engine if they made one. It has good fuel economy 44 per gallon for suv but the doblo is now made with a 1.3 diesel engine and has a bigger boot so that may well be my next choice.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

ELX, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Superbly practical - reliable, but not economical. Build quality aveage (but it is almost 10 yrs old). I do like italian cars though.....

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

eleganze, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Appalling fuel economy,savage depreciation and takes ages to warm up on cold mornings.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Eleganza, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It's been the best family car we have ever had.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

ELX, , Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Brilliant concept let down by rubbish dealership knowledge/customer service/application of diagnostics that don't require a computer. The multipla has space and versatility in bucketloads, visibility is excellent, it's a hoot to drive, and stands out from the crowd. Unfortunately, other road users assume that because it looks odd, it's going slowly - i've never owned a car which other cars pull out in front of so much. Reliability has been hampered by dealers/mechanics incapable of diagnosing problems without computers. It's taken two complete breakdowns for running problems to be sourced and fixed, partly by myself. Would i buy another one? In a heartbeat, if i knew it was going to be reliable.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Excellent overall
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Don't use main dealer for servicing

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Review
Never broken down
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Spent nothing - yet!

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

0, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Although not the best looking, i love my car as it fits all the family, all our gear, extra friends and more. It also easily manages journeys up and down motorways from england to scotland in a comfortable way.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Most practical 6 seater around--nippy for a big car and a joy to drive. Quite unexpected i-- thought such a practical car would be a plodder--this really isnt

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Excellent
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Very reasonable.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

family dynamic, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
The car is practical in its design. Ride is comfortable. it feels safe to be in. However dealer sold me a car that was rejected by fiat. It was sold new to me but the diesel particular filter failed again after 18 months of being replaced under waranty, i found out the truth from fiat. The dealer who sold me the car did not even inform me that they were no more a fiat dealer and i still brought the car for servicing with them and they produced a fiat headed invoice. I reported them to standards trading and they were given a warning for miss using the fiat invoice whilst not being a fiat authorised dealer anymore. I complained to smmt but they told smmt that they replaced the particular filter, when i ask for proof, they simply ignored me. As for fiat they would not respond to correspondence from trading standards who were investigating the more serious allegation of misselling. For these reasons stated i will never buy a fiat or alfa as the customer service and corporate responsibility to the customer is zero.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

ELX, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Good cars if well serviced.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

ELX, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Good design but poor build quality and reliability. Put me off fiats. Seats are heavy and awkward to take out. Roomy for all 6 passengers and luggage. Interior plastic marks very easily. Very poor suspension life!!!! Random engine management problems.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

55
Review
Not broken down in the time I've owned it expect needing a new battery
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Other than a battery and service parts, very little work needed.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44
Review
generally reliable although clunky
Running Cost

3 out of 5

better not need any spare parts costs are high

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
134k miles and no major mechanical issues.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Cheap, reliable and paid for in full.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34
Review
Poor trim & ancilliaries
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Expensive dealer

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
I love my car it is a six seater plenty of room in car and in boot .Mygrandkids Love it because they can all see out windows.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

elx jtd, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Does what it says on the tin

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
I like it

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

dynamic, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel,

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Very practical. Different!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Different, cheap, cheerful and so far reliable

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

JTD ELX, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Versitile, generally reliable, people want to own it once they have ridden in it and become familiar with it's numerous virtues. I have had it from new and am loath to consider being without it. I may well keep it alongside another vehicle. Infact a bought a little sports car to enjoy but find that i still spend more time in the multipla.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

JTD Eleganza, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
I run the uk owners club, do the website and manage the forum so i suppose you would think i like it. However! I have now grown tired of the fiat multipla due to its poor reliability track record. There are countless instances of the same problems cropping up both when i had my old 2001 model and my new 2008 model. Egr valves failing, thermostats on the jtd's failing, ecu's failing, mass air flow sensors failing, drop links on the arb failing, arb rubbers failing, cd radio systems, failing/skipping and unrepairable! Six/seven replacements later they cannot sort it out and fiat will not answer emails via there website. Customer service from my dealer is excellent until it requires fiats intervention! Price of keys, exhorbitant! Trim quality on plastics...very poor! I can go on and on... What is a truly excellent practical car is blighted by being made and supported by fiat. I cannot believe it would have all these problems if it had been made in japan or korea. Remember, or even britain! This is not a few isolated instances this is commonplace... Moriarty the mundane

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