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2WD Utes

Holden Commodore
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  • That noise... both inside and outside the cabin; Stacks of room in the first and second rows; Brakes hold up even after several laps of the race track; Ride and handling not compromised by FE3 suspension or low profile tyres

  • Infotainment system now getting quite dated compared to the rest of the segment; We won't be seeing a V8 in the next-generation Commodore; Some dealers asking big dollars for remaining stock

Mazda BT-50
  • Strong turbo diesel engine never feels troubled; great payload and towing capacity; off-road ability; good high-speed steering accuracy; thoughtful interior

  • Back seats more a novelty than anything else; some turbo lag at low speeds; very heavy steering when you're moving slow; media system falls short of peers

Volkswagen Amarok
  • Ride both unladen and laden is excellent; Cabin design and finish is the best in the segment by some margin; Incredible value at this price point

  • No second row airbags or active safety kit available; Rear-view camera doesn't have the clarity we'd like; Second row seating doesn't offer as much legroom as the segment leaders

Nissan Navara
  • Strong twin-turbo diesel engine; Smooth and smart seven-speed auto; Excellent ride comfort unladen; Decent value for money; Good sized tray; Benchmark towing ability

  • Falls short on real-world ute-ness; Seat position might not be to all tastes; Can't match other utes with better smartphone connectivity

Isuzu D-MAX
  • Decent kit for the cash; Good tow vehicle; New engine feels a touch pushier; Solid with a load on board; Good back seat space

  • Gearbox can be iffy at higher speeds; Engine is noisy at low speeds; Interior looks and feels old; Some unpleasant plastics