The Fiat Professional Fullback has been named â€˜Best Value Pickupâ€™ at the inauguralÂ Professional Pickup & 4×4Â Awards 2018.
The Fullbackâ€™s competitive price, outstanding value for money, and excellent four-wheel-drive system all combined to help the pickup win its category at this newly-launched awards event.
The judging panel was also impressed by the Fullback’s smooth 2.4-litre 150hp diesel engine and comprehensive standard equipment list. But it was the low monthly leasing cost that confirmed the Fullbackâ€™s win.
Judging for the event was carried out by 12 pickup owners who use their vehicles daily, and took place on- and off-road at the Carlton Towers Estate in Yorkshire. The judging panel came from a wide range of professions, including farming, fencing, plant hire and building. TheÂ Professional Pickup & 4×4Â Awards are the only awards to be judged by real-world professionals simulating real-life conditions such as off-roading and towing.
â€œThe Fullback is a very capable product at a very competitive price,â€ says Liam Campbell, editor,Â Professional Pickup & 4×4. â€œThe four-wheel drive system is what we consider the best on the market, the 2.4-litre diesel engine is smooth and efficient and thereâ€™s a lot of kit as standard.
â€œTo receive all this for just under Â£200 a month represents huge value for money, and will no doubt help the newcomer make in-roads into this fiercely competed sector.â€
â€œThe Fiat Fullback is the ultimate commercial vehicle, which can also be a superb lifestyle pickup,â€ says Richard Chamberlain, Country Manager, Fiat Professional. â€œIt offers true 4×4 capability and low range locking differentials for tough off-road driving, and is available with a range of MOPAR accessories including boxes and covers for safe storage.
â€œI am delighted that theÂ Professional Pickup & 4×4Â judges have recognised all of this while also appreciating the Fullbackâ€™s outstanding value for money. As a relative newcomer, albeit with proven technology, this is an excellent award for the Fullback.â€
The Fiat Fullback SX is powered by a 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine producing 150hp and 380Nm of torque yet returns combined-cycle fuel economy of 40.9mpg (6.9L/100km) and CO2Â emissions of 180g/km. The standard SX transmission comprises a six-speed manual gearbox with on-demand four-wheel drive with three electrically-selected settings: 2H, 4H and 4L.
The LX and Cross versions increase power to 180hp and torque to 430Nm, while the full-time four-wheel drive system has four electrically-controlled settings: 2H, 4H plus 4HLc and 4LLc with a locking central differential for improved traction. Five-speed automatic transmission is also available on LX and Cross versions. Official combined-cycle fuel economy figure is 39.8mpg (7.1L/100km) while CO2Â emissions are 186g/km.
The Fiat Fullback starts at Â£21,695 for the SX version, rising to Â£26,495 for the Cross version, and is currently available for Â£199* per month with Leasys (FCA’s contract hire and mobility company) contract hire.