AT A GLANCE
WHAT IT’S GOT
Sunroof, leather, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, parking assistance, satnav with traffic updates, front and rear parking sensors.
WHAT IT HASN’T
Stop-start engine technology, push-button start, standard towbar.
The warranty is nothing out of the ordinary at three years/ 100,000km but servicing costs are reasonable at $1470 over three years. If you service with Ford you can get roadside assistance and a loan car.
WHAT WE LIKED
Composed road manners, clever cabin layout, modern, easy-to-navigate readouts, gutsy engine.
WHAT WE DIDN’T
No standard towbar at this price, having to pay for prestige paint, big asking price.
Toyota Prado Kakadu $84,490 Better finished, quieter and bulletproof but expensive, a bit dated and lacking technology. Toyota Fortuner Crusade $59,990 Considerably cheaper, carries HiLux DNA but not as pleasant to sit in and drive. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport $52,750 Cheaper, well equipped with decent road manners but a little down on power and torque.