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Ford Ranger
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  • 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

Volkswagen Amarok
  • Easy, almost sweet-shifting gearbox is easy to manage; Good reduction gearing through the low-range transfer case; Smooth and powerful engine; Good overall value at under 50 grand

  • Locking rear diff disables off-road traction control and hill descent control; Still no second-row airbags; A little lacking in ground clearance

Toyota HiLux
  • Robust cabin and switchgear look built to last; Suspension works particularly well loaded up; Ground clearance and rear locker work well for off-road use

  • Not the engine to have for regular towing and heavy-duty work; Lacks standard electronic safety tech that some competitors have; Service intervals still too short

Isuzu D-MAX
  • Gruff, likeable driveline that's not afraid of hard work; Base specification adds up as good value; Swathes of easy-to-clean surfaces on the interior; Interior is also practical

  • No advanced safety tech; Archaic infotainment display; Interior is lacking power outlets; Needs better off-road traction control or a locking differential

RAM 1500
  • Diesel engine is smooth, responsive and efficient; Cabin space and ergonomics are exceptional; Towing ability and ride quality are both excellent

  • Doesn't have some of the safety kit that the smaller dual-cabs now have; It is physically big, so don't buy one if you live in the inner city; Payload isn't as high as the truck might indicate