Fiat Full­back Cross 2.4 180hp D-CAB

List price inc VAT £34,673 List price ex VAT £29,074

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SHAR­ING IS CAR­ING, and there are a few ex­am­ples of this in the pickup world. Mit­subishi, for ex­am­ple, leant its fifth-gen­er­a­tion L200 to Fiat, which used it to cre­ate the al­most iden­ti­cal Fiat Full­back.

Sit­ting at the top of the Full­back range, here we have the Full­back Cross, which sports some sub­tle cos­metic changes, in­clud­ing larger, 17in al­loy wheels.

The re­sult? Un­for­tu­nately for Fiat, it isn’t all good. The in­te­rior is de­cid­edly drab, with cheap-look­ing plas­tic wher­ever your gaze falls – apart from the un­ex­pect­edly up­mar­ket pad­dle shifters for the au­to­matic gear­box. The driv­ing po­si­tion is also the worst here (tied with the L200), with a high-set seat­ing po­si­tion com­bin­ing with a sur­pris­ingly heav­ily raked roofline to leave a re­stricted view for­wards; a big chunk of what you see is taken up by the roof lin­ing.

Rear head room is the equal worst of this group as well (the L200’s is no bet­ter), although the flip­side is that rear leg room is pala­tial by class stan­dards. Sadly, the Full­back has the nar­row­est load bed of all our pick-ups and its tow­ing ca­pac­ity is among the worst.

On the road, things don’t get any bet­ter. The Full­back’s steer­ing is vague and im­pre­cise, with the re­sult that if you go down a bro­ken B-road at speed, you’ll find the steer­ing wheel jump­ing around in your hands, re­quir­ing you to make con­tin­ual in­puts to stay on course. The Full­back also has a very bouncy ride, crash­ing over the slight­est hint of a bump, and while the ride calms down slightly when there’s a load in the back, it’s still among the worst here.

The 177bhp 2.4-litre diesel en­gine has a very agri­cul­tural sound to it, but it does at least qui­eten down at a cruise, and it pulls im­pres­sively. The gear­box feels sim­i­larly old-hat, be­ing a fivespeed au­to­matic while most of the other gear­boxes here have more gears and shift more smoothly.

If your pick-up has to have a Fiat badge on it, we’d sug­gest stick­ing with the stan­dard Full­back in­stead of the Cross; it isn’t any bet­ter but is at least cheaper to buy.

Full­back is one of the quick­est here, but its en­gine sounds coarse; on-road man­ners are poor, with vague steer­ing and a bouncy ride

1 In­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is slow-wit­ted – and there’s no Ap­ple or An­droid smart­phone mir­ror­ing 2 Wher­ever your hand falls, you’ll be dis­ap­pointed by the qual­ity of ma­te­ri­als used 3 Use­ful A-pil­lar grab han­dles help those in the front to haul them­selves up into their seat

Leg room is gen­er­ous front and rear, but head room is tight; rel­a­tively nar­row in­te­rior means three abreast in the back is a squeeze

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