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Microvans are a strange Where most commercial at the diminutive end of the spectrum are based on passenger cars, these models borrow their themes from large vans — then them. If you ever caught of a Piaggio Porter microvan driven through a Bonsai forest full of Shetland by Ronnie Corbett, you could mistake it for a far larger vehicle it actually is.

The Porter has been for a good few years and for much of its it existed in the modest shadow of the Hijet. The Hijet was a rebadged of the Porter built by Piaggio in Italy and it always enjoyed a profile than the model it a production line with. of the reason for this was the Porter s UK through the Reliant dealer with its limited capacity and connotations, while the Hijet was directly through the more face of Daihatsu franchised

This microvan status quo when Daihatsu took the step of replacing the Hijet the Extol — a more microvan with styling can best be described as challenging. with the Extol s oversize plastic bumpers, Piaggio saw chance. The deal with had ended in 2003 and they importing the Porter to the UK themselves.

Some slight alterations for the model year and today s was on the scene, ready to do battle for of the microvan sector. The UK microvan is extremely small in terms of sales. It will barely on the marketing radars of the big light vehicle producers but the very that Microvans continue to be in this country shows it s a market that can sustain

Buyers choose from the Porter, the Daihatsu Extol or s Carry and in this company, the makes a strong case for

If you had a 7.4-metre wide scale of a sixpence, this microvan turn on it

The little Piaggio all the key microvan attributes. Most it s small. At just 1,395mm and 3,370mm long, the panel van is nearly 550mm shorter and narrower than a Ford van.

Despite these tiny it can cope with a surprising of between 560 and 575kg — s over 80kg more the Fiesta van. The tall, shape of the Porter, along the twin sliding side and rear tailgate, helps the 3m3 load area easily without the need for much or stretching. The space is uniformly with only slight by the wheelarches and the engine, which under the floor behind the You can also get a surprising amount certainly much more the average supermini derived van can — the load volume of our the Fiesta van is a mere 1m3. from the loadbay, manoeuvrability is the s other key strength.


If you had a 7.4-metre scale replica of a sixpence, microvan could turn on it. ultra-compact turning circle and the s negligible dimensions tell you a lot its potential for nipping through in traffic, manoeuvring in tight and claiming apparently impossible spaces. The driver sits bang on top of the front axel, is ahead of the engine, so there s a view out of the front to see exactly how space there is to play Large side mirrors with visibility down the All of these good points are somewhat by the unassisted rack and steering set-up which is heavier than you d expect, the Porter s size.

Seated behind the wheel you re in no doubt that this be the ideal commercial vehicle to Gulliver of any homesickness on his return Lilliput. You re faced with a and unremarkable panel van interior but The flatly-mounted wheel would that of an HGV were it not half the while the dinky ventilation and the instrument cluster all look until you reach out to touch and experience a giant hand illusion. The plastics used durable and the controls are easy to use but s no storage space aside a decent-sized glovebox and a small pocket in the driver s door. the initial surprise, you realise the driving position is reasonably and even six footers shouldn t too cramped.

Add a passenger and it does get a bit cosy in the but on short trips there be no problem. Even moderately movements by the occupants rock the from side to on its suspension and s always the nagging concern a poorly distributed load or a big disparity between driver and could result in a nasty incident under hard There s probably no chance of happening as, with its engine the floor, the Porter always well planted on the road. s plenty of grip too and the van is actually good fun to punt about areas.

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The steering is very around the straight ahead but heaviness at low speeds turns a nicely weighted feel for driving and the gearchange, although a clunky, is smooth enough. The from the engine is directed to the wheels and the whiny 1.3-litre unit in the model we tried freely while also a decent amount of punch off the If you really try to make progress, the runs into its rev-limiter but you soon learn to change-up before that happens.

You do feel a little exposed at the wheel, with your a foot or so from the windscreen and a few inches of metal and plastic between your knees and the air in front of the vehicle. Given the the Porter isn t a vehicle that I choose to have a shunt in. offer an extensive range of on the Porter theme with power options and a comprehensive of bodystyles.

We tried the 64bhp petrol engine that can 34mpg fully-loaded at a steady but there s a 1.4-litre diesel 38bhp that will you 38mpg under the same Otherwise, there s an all-electric with an 85-mile maximum Bodystyles include the panel a window van, a pick-up and a with heavy-duty Maxxi featuring twin rear and 4×4 variants also Standard specification is about as as it gets but at prices starting only £5,995, most won t mind dipping into the list for electric windows, a CD or even air-conditioning. Overall, the Porter is a specialised product won t suit everyone, especially not individuals or anyone who is deterred by the design.

It does, however, have strengths in terms of its size, and relative payload capacity. For distance, urban work, it s practical and may be just the job.

At A Glance VAN: Piaggio range

PRICE: From — £8,995 ENGINES: 16-valve Petrol, 1.4 SOHC 96v Electric PAYLOAD: 560-1,100kg

IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE. (panel length/width/heightmm 3370/1395/1870mm

Piaggio Porter Electric Cars
Piaggio Porter Electric Cars
Piaggio Porter Electric Cars
Piaggio Porter Electric Cars
Piaggio Porter Electric Cars
Piaggio Porter Electric Cars
Piaggio Porter Electric Cars
Piaggio Porter Electric Cars
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