IF YOU WANT IT TO DO HARD WORK, THE WILDTRAK WON’T SHIRK THE TASK
THE WILDTRAK’S extra-light low-speed steering also helps in tight off-road situations and makes lock-to-lock wheel twirling a breeze. Still, the Wildtrak is a long ute in this company, so tight switchback trails aren’t its forte. Better vision from the driver’s seat would be a bonus, especially for shorter drivers.
Otherwise, the Wildtrak gets the job done off-road with little or no fuss. First up, the chassis provides substantial wheel travel at both ends and there’s also decent clearance; although, the factory-fit towball reduces the departure angle more than you’d like. As with all Ranger dual cabs, the Wildtrak comes with a rear locker that, when it’s engaged by the driver, keeps the traction control active on the front axle, an advantage it holds over the TRD. The Wildtrak also claims the deepest fording depth, its 800mm being 100mm more than the Hilux, 200mm more than the Colorado and a significant 300mm more than the Amarok.
CABIN, ACCOMMODATION AND SAFETY
AS expected, the Wildtrak’s cabin speaks luxury with its leather-trimmed and heated seats. It also doesn’t want for much kit (see What You Get), though there’s no reach adjustment for the steering wheel, keyless entry or pushbutton start – which is quite annoying given the price point of these dual cabs.
Still, that doesn’t stop the driver getting comfortable, and the extra-long cabin means a tall passenger can sit behind a tall driver in the Wildtrak and have more legroom than with any of the other utes here. There’s good shoulder room for three passengers across the back seat; although, the Amarok is still a tad better in this regard. Five-star safety, too.
PRACTICALITIES AND TOWING
IF YOU want your flash ute to do a little hard work, then the Wildtrak certainly won’t shirk the task. Not only does it have a class-leading tow and payload rating, it also delivers on the promise, as we found out in a recent max load and tow test.
The Ranger has the advantage of a roller-style metal tonneau, which offers lock-up stowage, something the others can’t match. The Wildtrak comes with a towbar as standard and will also take the 17s off the lower spec models for a wider choice of off-road rubber.