ROAD TEST: @Fiat_UK Fullback LX

ROAD TEST: @Fiat_UK Fullback LX


“Oh. My. God. How ******* massive is actually of which…?” said the usually very mum-mouthed Road Magazine design queen when she clapped eyes on the all-brand-new, range-topping Fiat Fullback LX for the very first time, as This specific powered onto the Road HQ premises.

in addition to, being brutally honest, what man doesn’t want to hear of which…?  
In fact, surely if you pick one of these VAT-dodging, stateside-inspired Euro pick-ups, of which’s the response you want, right? 
The aim is actually surely to make a big rugged impression, on a (relatively) modest budget… yeah?   
What you wouldn’t expect is actually a Fiat badge on the front though, right? Don’t they make the 500 in addition to 124 Spider (on test next week as This specific goes)?
although where Isuzu’s Rodeo, Ford’s Ranger in addition to Mitsubishi’s L200 (which the Fullback is actually based on) led the way with these big beasts, so VW followed in 2009 with the more luxury-focused Amarok. in addition to they sold like hot bacon rolls drooling in butter in addition to ketchup, as any drive, anywhere inside country will tell you immediately. common isn’t the word, with almost a million of them knocking about in Europe. 
in addition to Fiat aren’t a stupid bunch in addition to clearly decided they’d re-invest some of their Fiat 500 billions into a family/load-lugger of their own. in addition to here we are with the maousive Fullback. 

Billed as being “rugged, reliable in addition to practical down to the finest detail, the Fullback pick up is actually precisely what you expect coming from a work vehicle.”

The reality is actually of course of which most of these work vehicles won’t be hill farming, or blasting building sites: many will simply be bought for families to knock about in, squeezing (effortlessly as This specific goes) into shopping centre car parks, hogging precious space outside our schools in addition to the like. in addition to why the heck not? They’re practical, stylish, aspirational, impressive, fun, offer great visibility, space, safety in addition to spec, for next to naff all… go figure.

The fresh-faced one-tonne+ payload, 3.5+ tonne towing, switchable 2WD, 4WD & low ranger of which is actually the Fullback is actually 100% an all-luxury, double cab – there’s definitely no single cab ‘no frills commercial offering with Fiat’s range, which starts at £20,995 for the base SX product, having a 148bhp 2.4-litre diesel in addition to six-speed manual gearbox, moving up to the LX manual priced coming from £22,995 in addition to all 5-speed LX automatic coming from £24,395, having a more powerful 178bhp 2.4 all-ally diesel, with trick twin scroll turbocharger technology. Cool.

We tested the manual LX range-topper, with all the bells in addition to whistles – nice 17″ Alloy Wheels on Toyo semi-knobbly rubber, fantastic wide angle rear camera, user-friendly 6.1″ touchscreen DAB radio with bluetooth & great Garmin navigation System, electric full leather seats etc. On HP, you can grab one of these for just £199 right right now. Told you they were affordable…

in addition to there’s so much to like about the big old bruiser – coming from This specific’s funky style statements, like the side panel on the lockable cargo bed, to the incredibly responsive, pokey in addition to economical (42.2mpg for 178bhp type) 2.4-litre diesel, which fair flies along.

although the Fullback’s best party trick – as with all these no-weight at the back pick-ups – is actually This specific’s inherently fun ability to exit every bend, roundabout in addition to junction slowly totally sideways, with the traction turned “off” (This specific still fusses you), if you so choose.
of which’s big fun, for a big kid like me, in addition to enough of a reason alone to buy one if I’m honest.

Then there’s the Fullback’s excellent off-road capability – not in our very own Fiat Project Panda 4×4 Italian hill farming lightweight class or indeed our Project Beast Range Rover utter domination, although they’re class leaders.

The Fullback is actually a not bad mud-slinger though… in addition to, if you did choose to take This specific off the beaten, This specific’ll go a long way before getting stuck… in 4WD low range mode, in addition to with some weight over the leaf spring rear axle of which is actually, as these stats show.

Inside, This specific’s lap dance club dark, although there’s plenty of room (front in addition to rear) in addition to This specific’s a comfortable place too do the miles in, with the clear visibility, decent sound deadening in addition to nicely ergonomic leather seats, bright biXenon headlights in addition to infotainment doing the job nicely. 
in addition to the 1.5m long rear loading cargo bay (or “mobile swingers’ hot tub stuck to the back” as one mate put This specific) is actually suitably cavernous – easily soaking up a double divan I had to do a tip run with (although I’d spec mine without the drop-down lockable top, although a locking rollback, for great versatility, personally).  
We like the brand-new characterful, rugby-chic, blokey Fullback, although there’s one although – in addition to rather like the auto itself… This specific’s a big although…
As with all these modern pick-ups (to a greater or lesser degree) in addition to their essential-for-big-loads, old tech, leaf sprung rear ends, they bounce around way too much on anything although the flattest road surface, producing you in addition to especially your rear passengers feel sick, or in one case, putting their backs out. Oops. although, to be fair on the Fullback, of which could have been my drifting style, sorry, er, driving style 😉  
There is actually a solution of course… riding your Fullback around with bags of cement permanently inside back to get This specific to sit down nicely in addition to ride OK, or just only pick routes with smooth roads (not the UK, or indeed Norfolk then!). 
Or you can just accept the live rear axle humpty dumpty issue in addition to roll with the bounces. Then there’s no real reason not to buy a fresh-faced in addition to funky Fullback… except maybe VW’s 221bhp, 405lbft 3.0-litre V6 Amarok, which knocks on the door of 120mph in addition to does 0-62 in seven seconds. although of which’s big bucks at way into £30K territory, which rather defeats the point of these common pick-ups doesn’t This specific?  

ROAD TEST: @Fiat_UK Fullback LX

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