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Ford Ranger
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  • Smooth, efficient driveline with decent performance to boot; Ride, steering and interior comfort all combine for great on-road characteristics; Very good off-road at the same time

  • Still one of the most expensive utes in the segment; Gearbox feels jerky in low-range; No second-row air vents

Volkswagen Amarok
  • More load space, more payload; The raw numbers say this conversion improves utility and versatility; Impressive driveline and chassis take the conversion in their stride; A factory-backed chassis stretch is unique

  • GVM upgrades upset the Amarok's otherwise smooth-riding nature; It needs a button to turn off parking sensors off-road; No low-range hurts off-road, especially in reverse

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

Isuzu D-MAX
  • Excellent safety inclusions; Handles a full payload well; Flexible, torquey engine is a winner

  • More expensive than the outgoing model; Also slightly less efficient; Lane-keeping technology can be overbearing

RAM 1500
  • Big rig means acres of interior space and comfort; Big naturally aspirated petrol V8 is a rare delicacy; Not as tricky to navigate as you might think

  • 'Off-road' modifications are relatively tame; Some cheap components are hard to swallow at this price bracket; Short warranty offering and no capped-price servicing