Fiat Fullback

The new FIAT Professional Fullback

The new FIAT Professional Fullback

Fiat is the latest to add a  pick-up truck to their range writes Hannah Gordon.

What is it? Fiats first foray into the pick-up market, and the styling might look just a smidgen familiar.

Who is it aimed at? Pick-ups are still under the company vehicle tax rates so the Fiat Fullback will look attractive to companies that need the towing capacity or the 1000kg payload. But modern pick-ups have become a lot more user friendly and many people have them as utilitarian family vehicles now.

What about the Styling? Its almost like a Mitsubishi L200 has been adorned with a smart new grille and Fiat badges, wait a minute, it has! The Fiat Fullback rolls off the Mitsubishi production line and is then tweaked ever so slightly with a different design grille and a handful of Fiat badges, Fiat have been clever by not forking out for design and production costs to produce their own stylish pick-up but instead taking the Mitsubishi’s proven pick-up design and going ahead with that. The design is well liked amongst the buying public and although it doesn’t have the Italian flair it does have some nice proportions.

Under the bonnet? Again Fiat have stolen the Mitsubishi power plant for their pick-up and the Aluminium 2.4-litre four cylinder turbo diesel comes with either 148 bhp or 178 bhp power output options. The engine is fairly quiet and doesn’t intrude much into the cabin unless put under heavy load. The Fullback comes with the option of either a 6 speed manual or a 5 speed auto which is available with the 178 bhp engine, but the automatic gearbox does lag behind the competition which can boast 7 and 8 speed auto boxes.

What about inside? Definitely no Fiat inspired styling on the inside, the interior is all Mitsubishi styling and does look slightly dated and plain now. The switches and dash layout is usable but not pleasant on the eye, but the commanding seating position gives great all round visibility. There are however huge amounts of space available inside the Fullback for all 5 passengers, but storage space isn’t the most abundant. The infotainment system again seems dated and not the easiest to use when it comes to searching for DAB channels.

On the road? Pick-ups in recent years have become a lot better to drive and more usable and the Fiat Fullback is no exception, it accelerates well and doesn’t feel too laboured when cornering. Whilst driving on motorways you would have no idea how big and cumbersome the Fullback is, but bumpy B roads bring you crashing back down to earth as the rear axle makes for a lively ride.

The Fullback does have an ample amount of space in the load area, meaning it will easily house a Euro pallet and the 1000 kg payload keeps it within the company tax rules set by HMRC. The Fullback can also tow up to 3.1 tonnes, not quite as much as the Nissan Navara but should be plenty for most people.

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How about Safety? The Fiat Fullback features plenty of safety equipment included as standard, the LX model comes with lane departure warning sensors, electronic stability control, cruise control with speed limiter, rear view camera and Isofix points. There are systems in place to help with hill start and trailer stability should you be towing but no assist with hill descent which plenty of off-road vehicles now feature.

What are my Options? Should you decide on a nice metallic finish to your Fullback this will be an extra £480. If you require a Full box covering the rear load area then thats £2434 or a rigid Tonneau cover will be an extra £1499. The Fullback doesn’t come with rear parking sensors so the added £246 to have them installed could be money well spent.

Will it break the bank? The engine statistics are fairly similar for the manual Fullback’s, the 148 bhp manages 40.9 mpg and 180 g/km of CO2, the 178 bhp engine has the same mpg of 40.9 and 186 g/km of CO2. The Automatic is a bit thirstier with a mpg figure of 37.7 and 196 g/km of CO2. Unlike Mitsubishi, Fiat don’t offer the 5 year/62500 miles guarantee, but do offer a 3 year guarantee with 120,000 miles.

So the Verdict? Fiat have been clever with the Fullback, they have taken a proven pick-up recipe with the Mitsubishi L200 and rebadged it, the option of just a double cab and two trim levels means that when picking a Fullback you aren’t bombarded with many trims. The pick-up market is growing year on year and the Fiat Fullback is a worthy contender, the interior design could be better but it certainly holds its own with the likes of the Nissan Navara, Toyota HiLux and the Ford Ranger. The warranty may also attract buyers who do a lot of miles.

Why you’ll buy one? Warranty; Practical; Efficient

Why you won’t?  Interior; Automatic Gearbox

 

Rivals

 

Toyota Hilux

Mitsubishi L200

 

Fiat Fullback

Engine: 2442cc
Max speed:   111 mph
Emissions:    180-196 g/km
Model price range: from £26,683
No of Doors: 5
Euro NCAP : N/A
Fuel type:  Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle):  40.9  mpg
Towing capacity (braked): 3.1 tonnes
Maximum payload: 1050kg
Length:   5285 mm
Width:  1815 mm
Height:  1780 mm
Wheelbase:  1510 mm

 

For more information check out Fiat.co.uk or the Fiat UK Facebook page

 

Hannah Gordon

11th April, 2017

 

Author: Hannah Gordon

A mechanic with over 8 years Hannah’s love of cars began at a young age. Holidays and weekends were spent helping out at a family friend’s garage passing tools and making tea. You can follow Hannah on Twitter at @femalemechanic1

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