Best pick-ups: VW vs Mit­subishi vs Ford

As pick-ups eat into vans’ slice of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle sales, we test the new VW Amarok against ri­vals from Mit­subishi and Ford

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HERE in Bri­tain, vans are seen as the de­fault choice for com­mer­cial pur­poses – but pick-ups are gain­ing ground on them. That’s partly be­cause they are be­com­ing more Suv-like, with the lat­est batch of mod­els of­fer­ing greater com­fort, tech­nol­ogy and prac­ti­cal­ity than ever be­fore.

Each man­u­fac­turer of­fers only one pick-up in Bri­tain, so keep­ing th­ese up to date with the com­pe­ti­tion is cru­cial – and that’s where this lat­est Volk­swa­gen Amarok comes in. A new V6-only en­gine range and tweaks to the equip­ment avail­able mean the Ger­man brand will be hop­ing the Amarok can de­feat our cur­rent favourite pick-up, the Mit­subishi L200.

The Ja­panese truck is a great choice what­ever you’re plan­ning to trans­port, thanks to its well judged driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence plus a punchy and eco­nom­i­cal en­gine.

There’s also an im­por­tant con­tender from the maker of Bri­tain’s favourite com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle, the Tran­sit. Ford’s Ranger, with its 3.2-litre diesel en­gine, is a match for the pow­er­ful new Amarok, while it also gets Ford’s lat­est in­fo­tain­ment pack­age. The ques­tion is, which truck will pick up the win?

Pic­tures: Pete Gibson Thanks to: JJ Prior LTD, Fin­gringhoe, Es­sex

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