Isuzu D-Max Blade Automatic

Frontal close-up of white Isuzu D-Max Blade.

As Isuzu itself points out, the D-Max pickup is marketed primarily as a workhorse rather than a dual-purpose vehicle, but two versions are fitted with rather more equipment as standard than the others. One of these is the Utah, which unlike anything cheaper in the range comes with satellite navigation, DAB digital radio, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, automatic air-conditioning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Blade tested here is more or less the same thing as a Utah, expect that it also has tinted windows, puddle…

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Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu D-MAX being driven through a river.

If asked to name a pickup truck, most Roof Side Up readers would probably mention a Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota or Volkswagen before – or even instead of – calling to mind the Isuzu D-Max. There’s a good reason for this. Other pickups are generally available in forms that will appeal to people who like the idea of a dual-purpose vehicle which can act as a family car as well as a workhorse, and require a certain level of refinement. For Isuzu, this is not a priority. D-Max customers are…

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Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI 224PS Aventura

Ravenna Blue Volkswagen Amarok Aventura on a left-hand corner.

If you have bad memories of driving pickups round about, say, the turn of the century, and fear that things have become no better since, five minutes behind the wheel of the Volkswagen Amarok will persuade you otherwise. Even after an early 2017 facelift it still doesn’t look particularly aggressive as pickups go, yet it is enormously capable in difficult situations, and at the same time beautifully composed in easier ones. No other Amarok is as fast or expensive as the Aventura. Along with one version of the cheaper Highline,…

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Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi Double Cab Limited Automatic

Ford Ranger Double Cab Limited with optional metallic black paintwork.

Ford gave its Ranger pickup an upgrade in time for a relaunch in early 2016, the most obvious result being a facelift which added aggression to the frontal appearance at the expense, I think, of some elegance. There were other changes too, but at heart it’s the same machine that arrived on the market four years ago. Even after that amount of time has passed, it remains an impressive piece of work. Notably, it was the first pickup ever awarded five stars by Euro NCAP (a feat since matched only…

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