Fiat Fullback (2016–)

Last updated 3 June 2019

The Fiat Fullback is well-suited for long distance driving, with claimed economy exceeding 40mpg. Things do get rather bumpy on rough roads, but on the motorway the Fullback with a full load the pick-up is impressive and smooth. It also gets cruise control as standard. 

The interior might not be quite up to Nissan Navara or Volkswagen Amarok levels, but it's comfortable, spacious and hardwearing. Everything feels like it has been bolted together with purpose and the attention to detail is good throughout, with no worrying creaks from the trim or dashboard. Safety kit is also good, with all getting front fog lights, seven airbags, electronic trailer stability assist, hill hold and a lane departure warning system. 

The infotainment system is disappointing, with fiddly controls and confusing menus. However, there is lots of cup holders, pockets and cubby storage. The tall cab also provides plenty of headroom in the front and back, which means the Fullback can carry five adults in comfort. 

The Fiat isn't the class leader when it comes to towing - many of its rivals will pull 3.5 tonnes - but its maximum 3.1 tonne towing limit is still decent. However, the 150PS versions will only tow 2.7 tonnes, which might make them a little lightweight for those who regularly shift heavy loads. 

The loadbay is a good size though - 1850mm long and 1470mm wide - which means fitting a Euro pallet sideways is easy enough. The maximum payload is 1035kg across the range and the fold-down tailgate has a slowed opening mechanism that prevents it from crashing down the moment you release the handle. 

Parking can be a problem. The Fullback is more than five metres long and almost two metres wide. A reversing camera is standard across the range, but there are no parking sensors and rear visibility is awkward owing to the huge size of the load bay. 

There are two trim levels - SX and LX - with the former getting allow wheels, electric mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity (phone calling and music streaming), DAB digital radio and a leather steering wheel. LX trim adds leather upholstery, xenon headlamps, rear privacy glass and a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

List Price from £21,995 +VAT
Buy new from £18,490 +VAT
Contract hire from £215.00 +VAT pm
Lease from £139.00 +VAT pm
 

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