Fiat Fullback (2016 -) Practicality

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Last Updated: 14 Nov 2017
3.7 out of 5

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Operators looking at taking the Fiat Fullback on as a heavy-duty workhorse should be aware that it isn’t the most practical option. Even among double cab rivals, it has one of the smallest load areas and lowest payload ratings.

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These are the Fiat Fullback load bed dimensions and payload details:

  • Maximum load length: 1,520mm
  • Maximum load width: 1,470mm
  • Width between the wheelarches: 1,085mm
  • Sidewall height: 475mm
  • Payload: 1,045-1,050kg

Towing with the Fiat Fullback

At a time when most manufacturers have shifted up to a 3.5-tonne towing capacity, the maximum offered by the Fiat Fullback is just 3.1 tonnes.

However, it is a heavy-duty rear axle, and is still capable of carrying up to 990kg in the load area when towing 3.1 tonnes. Which many may find a reasonable compromise.

Fiat offers a wide range of cargo area accessories, including load liners, lashing rails and hardtop canopies.

3.9 out of 5

Safety and Security

As with all of the latest generation of pickups, the Fiat Fullback should prove a reasonably safe vehicle.

All models feature:

From LX and above you also get a lane departure warning system. This beeps rather annoyingly, but is easy enough to switch off.

However, surprisingly for such an off-road orientated vehicle, hill descent control isn't even an option.

4 out of 5

Costs

While the Fullback isn’t the cheapest double cab pickup you can buy, it is one of the best value – thanks to generous equipment levels throughout the range. It can also often be found with particularly attractive finance deals, so if you’re looking to buy monthly it’s well worth taking a closer look.

Fiat Fullback fuel economy

Claimed fuel economy is reasonably impressive, ranging from 40.9mpg for 150hp manual down to 37.7mpg for the 181hp automatic.

Also helping with costs, the Fullback meets Euro 6 emissions regulations without resorting to AdBlue, saving you the expense of keeping that topped up.

Service intervals are every 12 months or 12,000 miles - whichever comes sooner. This is about standard for a pickup, but a far cry from the 25,000-mile intervals offered by the Nissan NP300 Navara.

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4.4 out of 5

Reliability

As previously mentioned, the Fiat Fullback is based on the L200 and it’s assembled by Mitsubishi. That firm has a solid record when it comes to reliability, and the L200 has featured in the FN50 list of top 10 most reliable light commercial vehicles – the only pickup to do so in recent years.

Fiat is backing this up with a three-year, 100,000-mile warranty. This is merely adequate in a sector where three pickups offer five-year warranties now (the Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux have the same 100,00-mile limit, while the Isuzu D-Max also extends this restriction to 125,000 miles).

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