Stunning looks may reside near the bottom of the average MPV buyer’s wish-list, but the first Fiat Multipla still had a ‘don’t fancy yours much’ feel about it. As good to drive and original to look at as it was, the oddball face did it no favours, which is clearly something Fiat has taken on board with this, the facelifted version.
The Fiat Style Centre boffins have removed the bulbous front end and the lights in the windscreen pillars, replacing them with a much more conservative look, akin to that of the company’s Idea mini-MPV. Rectangular headlights surround a honeycomb mesh grille, while the rear lights are now conventional square items.
Thankfully the cabin, an area where the previous version really stood out from its rivals, has been left largely untouched. The ingenious layout of two rows of three seats remains. In the rear, each seat can be folded forward, slid forward or back, or completely removed.
Up front, the three seats can be moved forward or backwards individually, while the back of the centre seat can be tipped forward to double as a picnic tray and drinks holder. The downside of Fiat’s decision not to tamper with the interior, however, is that some switchgear remains haphazardly sited. Who decided that putting the door mirror adjuster on the roof console was a good idea?