Fiat Fullback (2016–2019)

Last updated 31 July 2019

Powered by a Mitsubishi-sourced 2.4-litre diesel, the Fiat Fullback is offered with the choice of 150PS or 180PS. However, given its 3.1 tonne towing capacity and thumping 430Nm of torque, it's the 180PS unit that provides the best all-round performance.

The 2.4 diesel pulls strongly through all of the gears and seldom feels short on performance. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard and provides excellent weighting between all of the gears, which means - even with a full load - you can trundle along in fourth at 35mph and not have to worry about the engine struggling for power. A five-speed automatic is available as an option, but ramps up the noise levels and can feel rather indecisive. 

Compared to the likes of the Isuzu D-Max and Ford Ranger, the Fiat Fullback is relatively refined. It’s also relatively efficient - for a pick-up at least - with an official 40.9mpg. The 180PS version - which is the most-powerful engine in the range will return the same economy as the 150PS, although claimed economy drops to 37.7mpg when you opt for the five-speed automatic gearbox. All versions will tow up to 2.7 tonnes. 

Engine noise is generally suppressed and it's only when joining a fast moving motorway that you'll notice any unpleasant diesel engine-din. Road and wind noise quite high, but is to be expected given the Fullback's sheer size. 

Owing to its ladder chassis frame construction, with leaf springs at the rear, the Fullback can feel somewhat truck-like on the road, but it handles well enough with minimal body lean in the corners and lots of feedback through the steering wheel.

The ride can also get rather bumpy when driving without a load in the back, with the pick-up crashing over potholes and bouncing over speed bumps. Things improve when fully laden, but there is no escaping the Fullback's agriculture origins.

Off-road the Fullback is a mini-monster truck, with superb all-road capability. Entry-level SX versions get a semi-permanent four-wheel drive system, operated via an electric dial, with four-wheel drive and high or low ratios. LX models get a four-wheel drive system that can be used permanently. It can also be driven in rear-wheel drive and gets a central differential, supported by three electronically-controlled clutches that manage the torque delivery to each wheel to cope with heavy mud or snow. 

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