Best pick-ups 2021
Pick-up trucks were once only prized by farmers, but they're now popular with all sorts of drivers. To help you choose the best, we've tested eight of the main contenders available in the UK...
Although pick-up trucks have long been extraordinarily popular in North America, they haven’t seen quite the same success in the UK. Our narrower roads, milder weather and generally less rugged environment make it hard to present a convincing argument that the average Brit would ever really need one.
That said, you could make the same point about SUVs, which have proved enormously successful in the UK. So if a high riding position, big load capacity and lots of front seat space are what you want, perhaps a pick-up is the logical progression...
If you run one as a company vehicle, there's the added benefit that they qualify for a reduced, flat rate of benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax, making them cheaper to own than an SUV.
However, you might find that you’ll trade some comforts of an SUV for the size of a pick-up. Some have little rear passenger space and rear-tyre poor grip and a bouncy ride when the cargo bay is empty.
To find out which is the best pick-up, read our verdict on the eight models on sale in the UK. And don't forget, if you're interested in buying any of these cars, head over to What Car? New Car Buying and see how much we can save you on your next car.
Fiat’s Fullback is actually a Mitsubishi L200 under the skin. This means it has a 2.4-litre diesel engine with either 148bhp or 178bhp; we'd choose the latter because the former is a little sluggish, especially if you're carrying a heavy load. It's a good idea to keep some weight in the back, too, because the ride is bouncy if the load bay is empty.
The interior is decidedly drab, with far too many cheap plastics, and the driving position is the worst of the bunch (tied with the L200) thanks to a high seating position and low roofline. On the plus side, the Fullback's locking differential and four-wheel drive make it impressively capable off road. However, it has the narrowest load bay of all those on test and its towing capacity is among the worst.
The L200 suffers from similar ride issues to the Fullback when driven around town unladen. On motorways, however, both become more settled and quiet. You can save fuel by switching to rear-wheel drive only if you're not about to be grappling with rough terrain. Like the Fiat, the L200 can be had with a 2.4-litre diesel engine in two outputs; both are slightly slower in the Mitsubishi, so again we'd recommend the more powerful version.
Inside, the hard plastic interior feels rather downmarket. The Barbarian trim level we tested doesn't have as much rear leg room as Fiat models because it has more padded seats, but in other respects the cabin is spacious. The other good news is that the L200 is an absolute bargain to lease compared with the Fullback.