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4WD Utes

Ford Ranger
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  • Drives like a crossover SUV around town; Ride, handling and engine refinement; Cabin layout and infotainment; Still looks suitably macho, which matters

  • Expensive, though discounts are gettable; No telescopic steering column adjustment; Downmarket cabin plastic trim; Active safety aids cost extra

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

Holden Colorado
  • Looks much more modern from the front; ride and overall dynamics vastly improved; dashboard feels more upmarket than entry-level would suggest

  • At $45k drive-away, the value equation is harder to justify; cabin updates took away some storage; looks very basic from the back.

Toyota HiLux
  • TRD bits certainly add some flair to the HiLux flagship; Good engine refinement; Smart transmission; Decent space in the cabin; Better settled when loaded up; Great LED headlights

  • Still lacks latest safety kit that Ranger has; No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; Missing some interior touches from TRD; Heavy steering at low speeds; Harsh ride

Mitsubishi Triton
  • Value for money; Cabin refinement; Infotainment; Super-Select II 4WD system

  • Somewhat unsettled ride; no 3.5t towing ceiling; Narrow tray; Glamorous as baggy cargo shorts