Fiat Auto SA has followed up recent additions to its Alfa Romeo range by launching the Multipla.Fiat Auto SA has followed up recent additions to its Alfa Romeo range by launching the Multipla.

The Multipla is a 1,9-litre turbodiesel MPV, which has been available in Europe since the end of 1998.

Its controversial looks have been widely criticised, even by CAR magazine, but we found that Fiat was cleverly using the car’s appearance to attract interest and focus attention on the vehicle's unique and practical interior.

There are six identically-sized seats and all but the driver’s seat can be removed easily to make more space available.

The instruments and controls seem to be placed in a haphazard manner on top of a cloth-covered dashboard, but once you start driving everything falls to hand, including the gearlever that sprouts out of a cavity in the dash.

The turbocharged diesel engine is without a doubt the quietest we’ve experienced, and it is no surprise to learn that Fiat was the first company to offer a common-rail diesel engine as early as 1997.