1. Ford Ranger
A dual cab ute carrying the spirit of the big US ‘pick-up truck’ is a capable 3.2L Diesel Turbo 5 4WD that’s pushed along by 147kw and spins 470Nm of torque. It can tow 3.3T and is the ute that’s closest to a car driving experience on the market. It also has car-like plush and technological marvels inside plus little chrome touches on the outside which sets it apart.
2. Renault Trafic
You see the Trafic van around the place a lot – that’s because it’s a dependable all-rounder. It fits the bill for tradies who carries bulky tools and materials around. At only $32,990 it’s one of the cost effective options on the market too. You can get it in a 1.6L diesel single or twin turbo that Renault claims only dips 6L into the petrol tank for every 100km. Another reason why it’s one of Australia’s highest selling vans.
3. Mazda BT-50
Mazda have updated their popular BT-50, hearing the concerns and suggestions from the Aussie tradie community. It rides higher and fits people of all shapes and sizes comfortably. It has six-speaker entertainment system and satellite navigation. It can carry up to 1.3T and tow 3.5T and has the exact same engine spec and output as the Ranger (147kW/470Nm). It’s an excellent contender for your next ute.
4. Volkswagen Amarok
Another dual-cab, the Amarok packs an 8-speed, 4WD 2.0L four cylinder twin-turbo diesel, powering along at 132kW and 420Nm. It has a deeper and wider tray, the only Ute in Australia that can handle a Euro pallet sideways (1.2m x 0.8m) and a shade over 1T. The power from the throttle flows smoothly, scarcely breaking a sweat under load. It also boasts many electronic stability features such as hill descent control plus a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
5. Toyota HiAce
The Toyota HiAce drawing board probably has a thick coating of dust on it, not having changed much over the years, still resembling the original 1967 launch model to a degree. So why ruin a good thing by “improving it?” This van is a staple among commercial fleets, and for good reason. It’s hard to beat 6,000L interior cargo capacity (in the long version) and ability to outlast the competition has given it a near-unbeatable reputation.