AS WE try to do with all the utes we test, we loaded 800kg into the tray of the Pik-up to see how it would cope with a heavy payload. Legally, the Pik-up can carry more than that – around 920kg, once you take into account the weight of the bullbar, towbar and have both a driver and passenger aboard – but 800kg is the standard load we use.
With the load placed directly above the rear axle rather than up against the headboard, the Pik-up’s rear suspension settled a mere 45mm, which is less than the best of the popular dual-cabs we’ve previously tested; although, the load in a dual-cab would sit farther back. The Pik-up felt stable and secure on the road, the rear suspension didn’t bottom on bigger bumps nor did the front top out. The most noticeable effect of the 800kg was positive due to the improved ride quality. The engine performed better than expected; it felt the extra weight, but didn’t struggle and remained generally effortless. Top marks all around.