Fiat Fullback Cross vs Toyota Hilux double-cab pickups

What does a car maker do when it wants a double-cab within its line-up, but doesn’t want the expense of actually making one? It borrows from another maker’s range, changes a few bits like the grille and badges, finesses the price and gives it a macho new name. Enter the Fiat Fullback, better known on farms as the Mitsubishi L200. Heading a trio of doppelg.ngers is the Fiat Fullback Cross, with 180hp instead of the base model’s 150hp and in the version driven here, a fivespeed auto box.

12 Feb 2019

What does a car maker do when it wants a double-cab within its line-up, but doesn’t want the expense of actually making one? It borrows from another maker’s range, changes a few bits like the grille and badges, finesses the price and gives it a macho new name. Enter the Fiat Fullback, better known on farms as the Mitsubishi L200. Heading a trio of doppelg.ngers is the Fiat Fullback Cross, with 180hp instead of the base model’s 150hp and in the version driven here, a fivespeed auto box. The bottom line reads £28,778 before VAT, with the test car’s grey metallic paint lifting this to £29,185; the nearest equivalent Mitsubishi in terms of towing capacity and powertrain — the L200 Barbarian SVP – lists at Åí30,730 pre-VAT, though the specs do differ. Good standard kit for the Fiat includes a lockable rear diff, Xenon lamps and an unusual bar over the load area.