2018 4X4 UTE MEGATEST RESULTS

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Ranking these utes is made difficult by the fact that 4x4 dual cabs can be many different things to different people: family car, recreational 4x4, work or farm truck, load carrier or tow tug.

The fact that they are so versatile is what makes them so popular.

Most people probably buy them to fulfil more than one of the roles, if not most or all of them. How you prioritise these roles and balance driving enjoyment, role fulfilment and functionality, and practicality of ownership, will determine your winner.

However, for us, the ranking looks like the following...

2018 MEGA UTE SHOOTOUT RESULTS:

Nissan Navara Review


=8TH:
NISSAN NAVARA ST-X

Although the Nissan Navara has placed last in our test, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth looking at. For the price, the Navara performs spritely and has solid equipment and is a solid vehicle – if it weren’t up against the others here.

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Isuzu D-Max Review


8TH:
ISUZU D-MAX LST-T

Lacking the bells and whistles of some of the other models listed, what the Isuzu D-Max does have is outstanding reliability and endurance. The D-Max could well be the last ute standing here if subjected to an endurance test.

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class Review


=6TH:
MERCEDES-BENZ X250D

The most expensive model in the test. Dual-cab 4x4s are taking the world by storm and Mercedes-Benz wants its slice of the pie with the refined X-Class. Boasting one of the smoothest rides in the test, the X-Class is for the well-heeled off-roader.

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Mitsubishi Triton Review


6TH:
MITSUBISHI TRITON EXCEED

If price is your major concern then the Mitsubishi Triton might be what you’re after. The Triton is the cheapest full-time 4x4 of the models tested, but is only outsold in Australia by the Ranger and Hilux.

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Mazda BT-50 Review


=4TH:
MAZDA BT-50 GT

It’s no secret that the Mazda BT50 shares more than a passing resemblance to Ford’s Ranger as the two models were the result of a joint design process. Mechanically almost identical to the Ranger, the BT-50 lacks the on- and off-road polish of its blue oval cousin.

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Holden Colorado Review


4TH:
HOLDEN COLORADO LT-Z

The latest model Colorado has had an engineering update that has taken it from the bottom of the list to at least mid-table. The punchy engine and clever on-road dynamics have lifted the Colorado above the ho-hum.

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Toyota HiLux Review


3RD:
TOYOTA HILUX SR+

Until the Ranger came along, the Toyota Hilux was the undisputed king of the local 4x4 ute market, and the Hilux name still holds the largest market share of utes overall. Top-shelf build quality and performance mean the Hilux will remain a favourite for many years to come.

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Ford Ranger Review


RUNNER UP:
FORD RANGER XLT

The Ranger is now Australia’s top-selling 4x4 ute and top-selling 4x4 overall, and it’s easy to see why. The Ranger’s ability to haul serious loads while remaining stable and smooth puts it right near the top of the pack. 

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Volkswagen Amarok V6 Review


WINNER!
VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK V6 SPORTLINE

The Volkswagen Amarok v6 took top honours largely due to its superior performance, handling, refinement and cabin space. It was the leader in power and torque and shined thanks to its excellent off-road ability, top load-hauling and towing ability.


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