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Ford Ranger
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  • Improved safety tech at top of range; Balanced performance in 2.0-litre models; Settled ride and handling left intact; No dilution of Ranger's best bits

  • AEB needs to be rolled out further; No rear air vents; Occasional pauses from 10-speed auto;

Volkswagen Amarok
  • BIG power on tap; As close as you'll find to a passenger car inside; Quiet and refined drivetrain; Just as practical as any other dual cab ute

  • Price has crept up; Safety tech still short for the price; Infotainment a little undersized

Holden Colorado
  • Pricing is sharp enough without the accessories added here, and the LT spec is solid; Diesel engine and gearbox are a punchy combo and efficient; Local work to the steering system is noticeable

  • No forward collision alert as is available in the LTZ; Unladen ride is better than it used to be, but still not exceptional; Second-row comfort isn't a match for segment leaders

Toyota HiLux
  • Excellent off-road ability; Engine offers plenty of punch in and around the city; Capable of confidently towing large loads

  • Requires servicing every six months; Ancient infotainment and driver technology; Capped at 3200kg towing capacity with the automatic

Nissan Navara
  • Interior like an SUV; Still feels car-like to drive; Slightly improved as a load hauler

  • Squeezy interior space; Unladen ride not the benchmark it once was; Refinement needs work