Pick-up truck mega test comparison
Do you think pick-ups are just farm or building site workhorses? Think again. Here, we choose the best of them from the UK’s eight main contenders...
Ford Ranger Black Edition Double Cab 2.2 TDCi 160PS
List price inc VAT £34,495
List price ex VAT £28,796
Mercedes-Benz X-Class X250d 4Matic Progressive
List price inc VAT £36,612
List price ex VAT £30,510
Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian Double Cab
List price inc VAT £34,056
List price ex VAT £28,380
Nissan Navara Tekna 190 dCi
List price inc VAT £33,095
List price ex VAT £28,075
Ssangyong Musso Rebel
List price inc VAT £28,433
List price ex VAT £23,745
Toyota Hilux Invincible Double Cab 2.4L auto
List price inc VAT £33,330
List price ex VAT £27,845
Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI 163 4Motion Trendline
List price inc VAT £30,455
List price ex VAT £25,430
Yee-hah, cowboy: welcome to What Car?’s Wild West London. But before you kick down the saloon bar doors and order yourself a whiskey, let’s put our pick-up truck stereotypes to one side for a minute.
Once exclusively thought of as the farmer’s vehicle of choice and not much more, this class has come a long way in recent years; in fact, the market is booming.
Why the interest in them? Well, while they are admittedly still a way off the on-road dynamic ability of most mainstream SUVs, the latest pick-ups are better to drive than ever. And if you run one as a company car, you’ll pay a flat rate of benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax that is substantially lower than for most mainstream cars. Leasing rates can be very competitive, too.
So, with ever-improving road manners and wallet-stroking tax breaks, pick-ups can now make a lot of sense to a lot of buyers, and it’s time to take this class seriously.
To find out how they compare, we’ve gathered together every example on sale right now – other than the Isuzu D-Max, which is currently undergoing a facelift – to sort the wheat from the chaff. All eight come in a four-door, dual-cab bodystyle (which is more practical than the single-cab alternative that some offer), and all but one are powered by four-cylinder diesel engines ranging is size from 2.2 to 3.0 litres; the exception is the Volkswagen Amarok, which has a V6. Four-wheel drive is standard in all cases.
It’s high noon – time to saddle up and see which is the best pick-up you can buy in the UK today.
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