Best pick-up trucks 2017
The UK pick-up truck market has never been more hotly contested than it is now but what are the best pick-up trucks on sale?
The popularity of pick-up trucks is growing and growing in the UK at the moment, with sales rising and manufacturers flooding new pick-up products onto the market. The scope of choice for pick-up buyers has never been greater but that only goes to make the problem of finding the best pick-up truck for you or your business that much more difficult. Fortunately, that’s were we come in. After extensively testing all of the current pick-up truck crop, we can deliver the verdict on the best pick-up trucks to buy now.
First a bit of background. The growth in the UK pick-up sector that saw it become Europe’s biggest market for mid-sized trucks in 2015 is partly fuelled by a recent surge in new model launches that has seen the perennial favourites like the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Navara all launched in all new guises. There have been other newcomers too including the Fiat Fullback and others are on the way in the shape of the Renault Alaskan, Mercedes X-Class and more.
Then you have the general improvement in vehicles from across the pick-up market with the top pick-up trucks gaining more advanced technology from passenger cars and a more car-like driving experience than we’ve been used to in the past. Finally, working in conjunction with these factors you have the pick-up truck’s commercial vehicle classification for tax purposes and all the financial benefits that can bring. Company car users can choose the pick-up instead of an SUV and avoid Benefit-in-kind company car tax while businesses can reclaim the VAT just like they can on a van.
In global terms the pick-up truck market is split into three sectors. You have small car-derived trucks, mid-sized trucks with payloads of 1 tonne and the large 3.5-tonne American pick-up trucks. In the UK, the market is almost exclusively centered around the 1-tonne mid-sized pick-up category and increasingly, it’s the double cab pick-ups that are proving popular. Although many UK models are offered in as two-seat single cabs and in crew cab or king cab form with occasional rear seats, it’s the full 5-seater double cab models that are winning over buyers with their versatility.
A double cab truck really can serve as a working vehicle during the week and a family car at weekends and it has the flexibility to meet a whole range of load carrying requirements with the range of pick-up accessories and load covers that manufacturers now make available as options.
So that’s where we stand on the pick-up front, now what about the best pick-ups on sale? Click the links below or at the top left of this page to discover our view on the best pick-up models currently available…
The best pick-up trucks to buy now
- 1. Mitsubishi L200
- 2. Fiat Fullback
- 3. Nissan Navara
- 4. Toyota Hilux
- 5. Ford Ranger
- 6. Volkswagen Amarok
- 7. Isuzu D-Max
- 8. SsangYong Musso
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