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COMPARISON

Best for for towing

AS AS IT IT TURNS out, out, six six out out of of the the

eight eight pick-ups tested tested are are capable

of of pulling a a 3.5-tonne braked

trailer, but but there there is is nuance in in the the

details. For For example, the the Ranger

comes comes with with a choice a choice of of two two rear rear

axles, axles, depending on on whether

you you want want to to prioritise towing or or

fuel fuel economy. The The beefier one one

gives gives you you the the full full 3500kg towing

capacity, but but opt opt for for the other other and and

you’re you’re restricted to to 2500kg.

Surprisingly, one one of of the the newest

pick-ups here, here, the the Fullback

(launched in in 2016), 2016), can can pull pull ‘just’ ‘just’

3100kg. The The only only benefit is that is that

it can it can carry carry nearly nearly a tonne a tonne of of

payload in in the the bed bed while while towing

at at maximum capacity; the the class class

average is closer is closer to to 500kg.

The The Musso Musso trumps all all of of its its

rivals, rivals, though. It is It the is the only only

pick-up that that can can still still carry carry its its full full

payload (1085kg) while while towing

a a 3500kg trailer. The The Amarok,

meanwhile, underperforms a tada tad

in in this this area, area, with with the the 161bhp model model

pulling just just 3000kg, while while the the

more more powerful (201 (201 and and 253bhp)

variants can can manage 3100kg in in

eight-speed automatic form. form.

There’s no no point point being being able able

to to pull pull 3500kg, however, if your if your

pick-up feels feels unstable when when

doing doing so. so. And And this this where is where the the

Amarok scores scores some some points points back, back,

because we we found found it to it to be be the the most most

stable stable of of the the eight eight when when towing

a a 1900kg caravan. Every Every other other

pick-up had had at least at least one one niggle:

the the Hilux Hilux felt felt underpowered,

the the L200 L200 and and Fullback were were

somewhat unstable at at motorway

speeds and and the the Navara and and X-Class

wandered around under under braking.

The The Amarok, meanwhile, was was

rock rock solid solid at speed, at speed, sported the the

strongest brakes brakes of of the the bunch bunch and and

had had fantastic low-down grunt. grunt. In In

short, short, it it inspired confidence.

None None of of these these pick-ups comes comes

with with a tow a tow bar bar as as standard,

though; it’s it’s optional in in all all cases. cases.

Each Each manufacturer offers offers a rangea range

of of tow tow bars, bars, depending on on your your

requirements, but but none none of of them them is is

particularly cheap; cheap; expect to to pay pay

between £250 £250 and and £600. £600.

Best for for carrying

AS AS TESTED, THE THE Hilux Hilux has has the the

highest payload rating rating in the the class class

(1120kg) and and one one of of the the longest

and and widest widest load load beds. beds. However, it’s it’s

challenged hard hard by by the the Amarok,

which, which, even even in in entry-level form, form,

is is capable of of carrying a hefty a hefty

1073kg. And And the the more more expensive

201bhp version, with with its its eightspeespeed

automatic gearbox, offers

eight-

offers

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FIAT FIAT FULLBACK CROSS

Maximum payload payload

1045kg 1045kg

Maximum trailer trailer weight weight (braked)

3100kg 3100kg

Width Width 2140mm

510mm

510mm

1100-1360mm

1420mm

1340mm

One One of the of the shortest shortest load load beds beds here, here, so its so its maximum payload payload is the is the equal equal lowest lowest

FORD FORD RANGER

510mm

510mm

1120-1420mm

1460mm

3220mm

1280mm

5362mm

Ground Ground clearance

229mm 229mm

Approach/departure angles angles

28deg/28deg

Breakover angle angle

25deg 25deg

Tilt Tilt angle angle

35deg 35deg

There’s There’s nothing nothing outstanding about about the the Ranger’s load load bed; bed; it’s it’s just just a good a good all-rounder

Wading Wading depth depth

800mm 800mm

MERCEDES-BENZ X-CLASS

1819mm

465mm

465mm

850mm 850mm

1180-1480mm

1495mm

3150mm

1340mm

5340mm

Ground Ground clearance

202/220mm

Approach/departure angles angles

30deg/26deg

Breakover angle angle

22deg 22deg

Tilt Tilt angle angle

50deg 50deg

Shallow Shallow sides sides are are bad bad for for carrying tall tall loads loads but but make make it easier it easier to reach to reach into into the the bed bed

Wading Wading depth depth

600mm 600mm

MITSUBISHI L200 L200

510mm

510mm

1055-1430mm

1430mm

1335mm

Down Down towards towards the the bottom bottom of the of the class class for for maximum payload payload and and load load bed bed size size

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1775mm

895mm 895mm

3000mm

5305mm

Ground Ground clearance

205mm 205mm

Approach/departure angles angles

30deg/22deg

Breakover angle angle

24deg 24deg

Tilt Tilt angle angle

45deg 45deg

Wading Wading depth depth

600mm 600mm

Maximum payload payload

1061kg 1061kg

Maximum trailer trailer weight weight (braked)

3500kg 3500kg

Width Width 2020mm

1848mm

850mm 850mm

Maximum payload payload

1066kg 1066kg

Maximum trailer trailer weight weight (braked)

3500kg 3500kg

Width Width 2130mm

Maximum payload payload

1045kg 1045kg

Maximum trailer trailer weight weight (braked)

3500kg 3500kg

Width Width 2160mm

1780mm

870mm 870mm

3000mm

5285mm

Ground Ground clearance

205mm 205mm

Approach/departure angles angles

30deg/22deg

Breakover angle angle

24deg 24deg

Tilt Tilt angle angle

45deg 45deg

Wading Wading depth depth

600mm 600mm

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