IF YOU WANT IT TO DO HARD WORK, THE WILDTRAK WON’T SHIRK THE TASK

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OFF-ROAD

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.

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