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
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?