Vans have been becoming more and more car-like in recent years - and this one is no exception. The driving position, though not as high-set as you'd find in the marque's larger Ducato model, is nonetheless commanding. And it's comfortable on the move, coping admirably with the atrocious surfaces offered up by poorer sections of the British road network. That relaxed approach also extends to the power steering, electrohydraulically-assisted in the more powerful versions, which at speed, could offer a bit more feel.
On the open road, refinement depends a great deal on whether you've specified a full-height bulkhead - or at the very least, specified ply-lining for the load area. As with any van, if you've done neither, then a set of ear plugs will be a boon on a long trip. If you've specified a Standard roof version, then it's worth going for the innovative pneumatic suspension option, able to lower its ride height to just 1.9m, giving this Sudo access to underground and multi-storey carparks normally inaccessible to LCVs of this class.
Engine choice in a Scudo is pretty straightforward, provided you've a clear idea of the kind of work you want it to do. Sensibly, all the units on offer are diesels and if your needs are mainly based around lighter loads and short distance urban work, then the entry-level 90bhp 1.6-litre Multijet with its 180Nm of torque will be quite sufficient. For heavier payloads and longer journeys however, you'll be needing the 2.0-litre Multijet model which also gives you a 6-speed gearbox in space of the 1.6's 5-speeder. The 120bhp version is quite sufficient, offering a full 300Nm of torque, quite enough to handle haul a braked trailer grossing at up to 2,000kg. If you do feel the need for more power, then there's also a 163bhp Euro5-compatible version of the same unit on offer boasting 340Nm.