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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
  • Better equipped for off-roading; Effective stability/traction control calibration; Strong AP Racing brakes; SportsCat+’s clever decoupling anti-roll bar; SportsCat+ looks especially tough; Hard tonneau’s integrated rails, soft-dropping tailgate

  • No extra engine performance; Quicker steering would be welcome; Still not exactly fun to drive; Cabin upgrades could have gone further

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