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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
  • Class-leading list of driver assist and safety tech; Petrol/auto/low-ride combo is rare for the segment, but welcomed; Surprisingly comfy to spend time in

  • Lack of reverse camera seems odd; Short service intervals; A bench (or 1+2) seat would be a handy option

Isuzu D-MAX
  • Gruff, torquey engine with an enviable reputation; Good driveline performance when loaded, towing and off-road; Runout pricing adds value

  • Lacking a lot of the modern conveniences and tech of new competition; Interior feels particularly dated; Higher specifications not really worth it

RAM 1500
  • Engine is a powerhouse and fuel use is respectable; Cabin refinement and insulation are excellent; Effortless tow vehicle and workhorse without peer in Australia

  • LHD to RHD execution of the parking brake isn't perfect; It would be good to have access to the sixth seat in this model; A newer variant is on sale in the States