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Isuzu D-MAX
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  • Good standard safety inclusions; Driveline is torquey and mostly well refined; Good off-road, with decent clearance and locking rear differential

  • Pricing doesn't make sense against drive-away X-Terrain; No tow bar standard, despite towing-related suspension; Unladen ride is a bit firm

Ford Ranger
  • Still one of the best 4x4 utes across the board of disciplines; Great safety credentials; Solid off-road and refined on-road;

  • FX4 brings no mechanical upgrades, but an increase in cost; Standard tyres aren't great off-road; Bigger wheelbase and wider turning circle can be tricky in tight spots;

Nissan Navara
  • Looks the business; New steering wheel and instrument cluster; Advanced safety tech now available on dearer models

  • No extra power with this update; Base models lack full suite of advanced safety; No radar cruise control; Price rises across the range; Private buyers pay more than ABN holders

Mazda BT-50
  • Smooth and competent powertrain, despite going slightly backwards in power and torque; great safety and technology credentials; adept off-roader

  • Beaten in value and practicality by the D-Max X-Terrain; low-hanging side steps impede off-road ground clearance; a bit less engine than the previous generation

Toyota HiLux
  • Looks the part of the go-anywhere adventurer; Engine and tech revisions make a good platform even better; Effortless off-road

  • Big price increase over the SR5 doesn't actually deliver a fundamentally more capable car; Just one USB in 2021?; Watch those climbing service prices