Mahindra Pik Up tested in the Simpson Desert

By: Matt Wood

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Matt Wood's last drive in the Mahindra Pik Up had to be a good one, so he took it to one of the best off-road proving grounds he could.

Over the course of his reviews, Matt has quickly discovered the Pik Up provides fantastic value for money, but says there are one or two small issues you'll have to live with if you buy one.

As a final test for the "sub-continental bush basher", Matt took the Pik Up out into the Simpson to see what it could handle.

"Ultimately it was very much at home out in the sand and scrub. Ground clearance was still the biggest issue as the Mahindra had to bulldoze it’s way across the top of some dunes," Matt said of the budget fourby.

"I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to watch the sun go down from the top of Big Red, the Simpson Desert’s largest and easternmost dune.

"With a bit of momentum, and after a couple of goes, the Mahindra plowed its way to the top, engine screaming, in time to see the setting sun paint the surrounding dunes an iridescent red."

Matt reckons the Pik Up could do with a bit more comfort if you're planning on a long trip, but being priced at around $40,000 less than a Landcruiser means you could probably afford to "add a bit of fruit".

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