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Ford Ranger
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  • Sharp value against the HiLux Rugged X; Ideal rural-road cruiser; None of the Raptor's carrying compromises

  • 10-speed auto is stroppy in town; Low-speed ride suffers with mods; Wet-weather tyre grip goes out the window

Volkswagen Amarok
  • Looks the business; Epic cornering grip for a double-cab ute; Effortless TDV6 power; All-wheel drive climbs out of corners, more stable in the wet

  • Lacks advanced safety aids and rear airbags; Tight back seat space; Expensive servicing costs; Price could be a stretch given lack of mod cons

Toyota HiLux
  • Business in the front, party in the back – isn't this what a ute is supposed to be about?; HiLux build quality, ergonomics and packaging are hard to beat; Cab Chassis allows you to make the back work for you, for work or play

  • No rear-view camera? Really?; Purchase price doesn't include the tray, or any other accessories; Ownership costs get up there with spendy six-month service intervals

Isuzu D-MAX
  • 3500kg towing and one-tonne payload; Loads of advanced safety technology; Still got the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel under the bonnet

  • Not as many power outlets and practical interior touches as other specifications; Beaten on overall value by the Triton; trimmed payload, compared to 4X4 variant

RAM 1500
  • Comfortable and practical, both on- and off-road; Capable off-road, and ripe for improvement; Unique RamBox feature is quite handy in the bush

  • A locking rear differential would improve things off-road; Size and length can be a handful in some situations; If you don't want the RamBox, you're better off with the Laramie