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Ford Ranger
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  • Nice balance of inclusions without going over the top, leaving a competitive price; SYNC 3 system is good; Solid performer on-road and off-road; Many will like the blacked-out-on-a-budget vibe

  • Tyres felt skittish in the wet; Lacking the optional upgrades of the XLT; Small payload at maximum towing capacity

Volkswagen Amarok
  • Brilliant drivetrain; Full-time 4x4 system; Keen pricepoint; Wider-than-average tub; Well-made, ergonomic cabin

  • Lacks active safety features; Back seats don’t have airbags; Back seat leg room also tight; Pretty expensive servicing costs

Toyota HiLux
  • Consummate load-carrier; No-nonsense, ergonomic cabin; Excellent off the beaten path; Improved warranty offer; Toyota's vast dealer network

  • Middling engine performance; Short servicing intervals; Lacking active safety tech; Dangerous rear overhead grab handles

Isuzu D-MAX
  • Gruff, torquey and solid drivetrain; Handled a big load in the tray well; good warranty offering

  • Not as refined or smooth as the competition; lacking modern safety or infotainment tech;

RAM 1500
  • V8 grunt, awesome looks; Massive cabin and cargo area; Fair fuel economy at highway speeds;

  • Thirsty in city and suburban driving; Can be a beast to park; Lacks advanced safety aids;