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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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