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op­tion, but an au­to­matic is com­ing this month along with more power and torque. The tow rat­ing is a lit­tle low at 2800kg, but should in­crease too.

It has all the safety gear but there is no airbag cov­er­age for the rear seats.

VER­DICT

The Amarok is one of the best in class, with a spa­cious in­te­rior, good cargo area and rel­a­tively good han­dling. The en­gine is un­der­whelm­ing in this cat­e­gory. It needs to be pressed hard and, as a result, can get in­tru­sively loud.

The Amarok is also too easy to stall at low speed. Its man­ual gear­box is crisp and shifts eas­ily. An auto ver­sion of this should be good, but we’ll have to wait and see.

The in­te­rior is quite plain and drab com­pared to the Ranger, but it is all very prac­ti­cal. There is no Blue­tooth, which is a glar­ing omis­sion (we’re told it is com­ing soon).

HOLDENCOLORADO

This is the new­est truck on the block and has the high­est tow­ing rat­ing of 3500kg.

It’s built off the same base as the Isuzu D-Max but is sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent. The base Colorado gets a 2.5-litre four­cylin­der diesel with 110kW and 350Nm.

A strong 2.8-litre four­cylin­der turbo diesel is stan­dard on the higher spec mod­els and pro­vides 132kW and 440Nm. This jumps to 470Nm when cus­tomers or­der the op­tional six-speed au­to­matic, though power re­mains the same.

VER­DICT

It isn’t the sharpest tool in this shed, but the Colorado still has a lot go­ing for it.

The big Holden is com­fort­able around town, but its soft sus­pen­sion means it moves around at higher speeds on bumpy roads. It doesn’t like cor­ners— you need to turn the wheel a lot to get around tight ones.

The 2.8-litre en­gine is the loud­est, but the pitch is not ir­ri­tat­ing. It pulls as hard as the BT-50 and Ranger five­cylin­der. We like the very roomy in­te­rior, but the dash­board of the high-end LT-Z looks cheap with or­di­nary plas­tics and a retro dig­i­tal dis­play.

FORDRANGER

Like its Mazda twin, the Ranger is new ex­cept for its re­vised en­gines.

En­try-level Rangers are sold with a four-cylin­der petrol en­gine. Then comes a choice of a 2.2-litre four-cylin­der turbo diesel (110kW and 375Nm) and a 3.2-litre five-cylin­der (147kW and 470Nm). Shared with Mazda, th­ese are the strong­est in the class. Trans­mis­sion choices are a six-speed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic. The max­i­mum tow­ing ca­pac­ity con­sid­er­able 3350kg.

VER­DICT

The Ranger XLT comes wit the most gear, but is also th most ex­pen­sive.

Its in­te­rior is spa­cious an prac­ti­cal and the dash­board and in­stru­ment clus­ter is sty (in a mas­cu­line way) with a high-qual­ity colour in­for­ma­tion dis­play and qua sur­faces. The 3.2-litre en­gin sits at the top of the class in terms of per­for­mance, but ( the case with the BT-50) ma a slightly an­noy­ing and in­con­sis­tent rat­tle (in­jec­tors ap­par­ently).

The ride is bet­ter than th

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