The pickup truck market is rapidly taking off in the UK, with more models to choose from than ever before.
With pickup trucks becoming more and more popular in the UK, 2017 is a great year to buy a new one! We've put together this useful guide to help you decide which truck is the right choice for you.
Pickups are renowned for being great working vehicles, but they can also serve as practical, reliable and safe all-around family vehicles as they are spacious, offer great carrying capabilities and provide a car-like driving experience. Furthermore, today’s trucks come equipped with advanced technology that can be found in passenger cars.
The pick-up market can be broken into three major categories: small car-derived trucks, 1-tonne mid-sized trucks (the UK’s most popular pickup) and full-size 3.5-tonne trucks (predominantly large American pickups). This article will focus on four pickup trucks in the mid-size market.
2017 Ford Ranger
It may not be as sophisticated as some of its rivals, but it is surely no coincide that the Ford Ranger is one of the most popular pickup trucks in Britain - it’s ‘built tough’ with a generous load bay and offers great towing capabilities, with a rich heritage!
The Ford Ranger is a great off-roader and offers a good range of strong engines. It’s comfortable, and drives good for a pickup. The cab has an upmarket feel to is and comes equipped with lots of technology gadgets such as the SYNC 3 Connectivity System (a fully integrated, voice activation system that lets you use your favorite devices hands-free) and a rear view camera.
If off roading and towing capacity is important to you, than the Ranger would probably be the best option for you. However, the Ford Ranger does have a major negative - there have been quite a few reported short-term reliability problems.
- Price (January 2017): from £17,545 (excl VAT)
- Power: 158 hp - 197 hp
- Fuel Economy: 32 mpg - 43.5 mpg (combined)
- Gross Vehicle Weight: 3,200 kg
- Payload: Up to 1,240 kg
- Towing Capability: up to 3,500 kg
2017 Toyota Hilux
The Toyota Hilux is an iconic mid-sized pickup truck that has been on sale for nearly 50 years, and it is now in its eighth generation. It has a great reputation for reliability and safety and is extremely tough.
The cab is well equipped, with the dash design and build quality similar to that of the Toyota Auris hatchback or Avensis saloon. The interior looks very sophisticated for a pickup which makes it great to sit in.
The Hilux comes up short when it comes to driving and performance. The engine range is limited, the automatic gearbox is slow and not efficient and the driving experience is not as pleasant as some of its rivals. The towing capacity is way behind some of its rivals which puts the Hilux at a disadvantage if towing capacity is a top priority for you.
- Price (January 2017): from £19,177 (excl VAT)
- Power: 150 hp
- Fuel Economy: 36.2 mpg - 39.8 mpg (combined)
- Gross Vehicle Weight: 2,730 kg - 3,080 kg
- Payload: Up to 1,060 kg
- Towing Capability: up to 2,500 kg
2017 Nissan Navara
Similar to Toyota and Ford, Nissan has a long history when it comes to pickup trucks - the Japanese company has been manufacturing pickup trucks for more than 80 years.
The 2017 Nissan Navara is available in three different shapes: king cab, double cab and even a custom chassis cab. The double cab option is by far the most popular choice among UK buyers, a trend that we’ve seen across the whole mid-size pickup market.
The 2017 Nissan Navara offers great fuel economy, up to 46.3 mpg combined (2WD King Cab). The new Navara is also very comfortable, which makes long journeys much more enjoyable. The interior is similar to the X-Trail; well built with high quality components.
The Navara does have some negatives - there are a number of reports of customers complaining about the off road capability. The reliability is not class-leading either.
- Price (January 2017): from £23,920 (incl VAT)
- Power: 158 hp - 187 hp
- Fuel Economy: 40.9 mpg - 46.3 mpg (combined)
- Gross Vehicle Weight: 3,010 kg
- Payload: Over 1,000 kg
- Towing Capability: Up to 3,500 kg
2017 Mitsubishi L200
Mitsubishi has been selling the L200 for 30 years. It is another popular choice amongst truck drivers in the UK. Similar to most pickups in this class, the Mitsubishi L200 is available in single, extended and double cabs shapes. Mitsubishi also offers well-equipped luxurious trims - Titan, Barbarian and Warrior
The Mitsubishi L200’s strengths lie in reliability, driving and performance. The steering is responsive and the lateral body roll is kept to a minimum. The ride is comfortable and the outside noise has been greatly reduced compared to the previous generation of L200.
The load space and practicality is good, but does lag a bit behind some of its rival. The interior feels a bit dated and the towing capacity is not class-leading.
- Price (January 2017): From £21,598.80 (incl VAT)
- Power: 151 hp - 178 hp
- Fuel Economy: 37.7 mpg - 40.9 mpg (combined)
- Payload: 1,045 kg
- Towing Capability: Up to 3,100 kg
Overall, some great new pick-up trucks to look forward to this year!