The pickup is not a typically British type of car. It is quite large for our narrow roads and even several tighter floors, and it certainly seems a little out of place on these islands.
However, the pickup is proving to be increasingly popular with UK drivers. For the most part, this is due to a reduction in taxes for the company’s cars, known as “Benefit in kind”. For some drivers, it means a tax reduction of several thousand pounds.
Here, we’ve looked at 10 of the best pickups you can buy in 2021 – some of which you might find attractive, even if you’re not looking for a company car. After all, pickup trucks are great for carrying equipment for outdoor adventures and can handle most off-road conditions well.
Some of these pickup trucks have not yet arrived in the UK, but they should have arrived by the end of 2021.
The T70 pickup has already made waves in China under the SAIC brand. He will arrive on these beaches in 2021, probably with the UK-based LDV emblem, formerly Leyland DAF, now owned by SAIC. The T70 will feature a 161bhp 2.0-liter diesel engine.
Rivian is a brand new car brand created by a talented group of designers and engineers. Built from the ground up, the R1T is a fully electric ‘EV adventure’ with a 105 kWh battery and a decent range of 200 miles in the entry way, increasing to 400 miles with the top-of-the-line model.
If you thought the R1T looked futuristic, Tesla did everything to make your Cybertruck as attractive as possible. Although it may be a little too angular for some tastes, if the statistics are true, it is a great pickup: 500 mile range in the first row; towing capacity of six tons; a cargo compartment as big as a Ford F-150; and height adjustable air suspension. 200,000 buyers have already made deposits to Cybertruck, which will cost between £ 50k and £ 60k when it arrives.
The company’s vehicle tax loophole has helped the L200 achieve great success in the UK, where it is now in its sixth generation. It has a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine with 148 hp and the option of ‘club cab’ or double cabin. Although the L200 received praise for its fuel economy, performance and towing capacity, its cabin was criticized as too tight and its steering too inaccurate.
If you need a pickup within a budget, this could be it. The Musso offers decent performance, handling capacity and towing (3.5 tonnes). Featuring a 2.2-liter, 179-hp diesel engine, this vehicle built in South Korea has a rather modest footprint, making it easier to park on the narrow, multi-level roads in the UK. And despite its small size, it can accommodate up to four adults in relative comfort. However, Musso loses points due to its noisy and unrefined course.
The Navara comes from a respectable Japanese pedigree, with 2.3-liter turbo diesel engines offering 161 or 187 hp and a rear wheel with four-wheel drive. It is good for towing and loading, while the interior is practical, although far from luxurious. Steering and handling are quite “meh”, although Nissan added a rear axle with multi-link coil springs to all finishes, which eliminated most bumps.
The D-Max was built for those who need a pickup in the classic sense: it is sturdy, with large buttons and dials for workers wearing gloves. What’s more, this durable and practical vehicle can be ‘removed’ for just £ 17,000 in entry form. Despite its professional appearance, the D-Max is actually a little less powerful for its 1.9-liter diesel engine, but it should do the job, unless you are a sheep farmer working in the most rugged Scottish hills. .
Among the one-ton pickup trucks available in the UK, the Ranger is easily the best option. All trim levels feature four-cylinder turbodiesel and 2.0 liters of up to 210 hp, coupled with automatic or manual gearboxes. You can choose between single-cabin, two-seater, two-seater and four-door double cab configurations. The driving position is comfortable, while the ride quality is good.
The Amarok aimed to take advantage of VW’s almost premium emblem, while attracting non-pickup fans. And Wolfsburg’s boffins have done a decent job – it’s a good-looking pickup truck with a good-quality interior (though far from luxurious); you wouldn’t mistake the cabin for a Touareg or Tiguan, but it’s still decent. Recent updates have seen the slightly underpowered 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine replaced by a 3.0-liter TDI V6, making the Amarok much more useful – and desirable.
The Toyota Hilux has a vast pedigree – having started life in the 1960s. Since then, it has become increasingly refined, overcoming the growing number of pickup brands on the market. Comfortable to drive with a good quality interior, the Hilux boasts great handling and handling and dimensions that are not clumsy for tight British roads. Buyers can choose from a variety of 2.4-liter 148 hp and 2.8-liter 201 hp diesel engines. Entry level single and double cab options have longer beds, with more expensive models featuring a range of options, including a JBL sound system