Tough Fiat Fullback

won't give you World

Cup willies

Fiat Fullback, front
Fiat Fullback Cross, 2017, front
Fiat Fullback Cross, 2017, rear
Fiat Fullback, interior
Fiat Fullback Cross, 2017, side

PEOPLE who park on pavements, should they be predudicially removed?

There is a social media site called Shame A Driver and while it features all manner of dash cam entertainment it is largely aimed at capturing parking excesses on film.

You know the sort of thing. People who are unlikely to have had sex in the last ten years let alone birthed a sprog using supermarket mother and child spaces.

Or those who can play a mean game of five-a-side abusing uncle Flip-flop's blue badge.

Recently, in a Lancashire Tesco car park, I saw a camper van side on to the marked spaces in full picnic mode.

Do you know what my bottom looks like? That couple does.

Top of the hit list are pavement parkers forcing prams onto the highway, placing the poor of sightat risk of injury, unreliable pedestrians like children put in danger and happy drunks bouncing off bodywork, spilling their curry half-and-half supper.

One correspondent has told me he regularly reports pavement parking to Cheshire police but sees nothing enforced.

My own pet hate is a bit of an odd one.

When you wash up in an empty car park and then return to find a faded 1998 Nissan Micra hard up to the driver's door. That.

Is it loneliness? Some mistaken belief that this is a town centre casual sex encounter venue?

Bringing me to an apology. If you were in any way inconvenienced by a bull-massive Fiat Fullback Cross pick-up in my neck of the woods it is because, short of parking it up on the moors, it takes up a lot of room.

People still ask me how come Fiat makes a pick-up?

Well it doesn't. Mechanically this is a Mitsubishi L200, a 4x4 not to mess with but given its own character by Fiat.

The Cross is a high spec version of the regular beast made tempting to business users by favourable tax rates.

To give it road presence as a non-utilitarian vehicle there are fancy 17-inch alloys, a new grille, sports bar for the load bed, side steps and lots of moody black paint.

A soft opening tailgate brings a bit of class and there is a seven-inch touch screen setting off a logical but unexciting set of instruments.

Apart from a locking rear diff the remainder is as you were - 2.4-litre diesel engine with 178bhp which get the Fullback underway to a reasonable 62mph in 11.8 seconds while boasting of 39mpg and generating emissions of 196g/km.

On the road that will all cost you £26,495.

As they say in the USA, home of the pick-up love affair, hit the road Jack where you will find the expected degree of rock and roll and a vocal turbodiesel unit.

Corner with too much enthusiasm and you will really feel the traction control kick in.

Get the Fullback into the hay and here is an off roader which can climb every mountain in any weather.

The load area handles 1,050kg and towing (braked) tops out at 3,100kg.

The interior also leans towards the workhorse even if seats are leather there is dual climate control and an acceptable level of electrical kit, including say nav and DAB, cruise, dual climate control along with auto lights and wipers.

I have driven other Fullback models, one with a lid covering the load area. This makes for a stylish vehicle but restricts load area practicality.

This open back swallowed enough logs in two sittings for months of winter fuel.

We have established that the Fullback is big, it takes up a whole parking space and hangs out as well. This is no reason to encourage summary execution of builders, lumberjacks or enthusiasts with a bad off-road habit.

It would, however, make a fine 21st century tumbril for those who can't keep all four wheels where they belong.

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