Trucks are starting to appeal to families for a variety of reasons. The latest double-cab trucks (which have rear seats, where single-cabs don’t) have impressively roomy cabins these days, while the improved safety and rugged styling are also appealing to families. That’s before you mention the huge practicality and versatility benefits that come with having a massive loadbay. Huge towing capabilities and genuine off-roading ability have also meant they’ve proved a hit with outdoor lovers.
Even better, there are also a range of tax benefits that can be gained by having a pick-up as your company vehicle, making them a disproportionately cheap alternative to a conventional SUV or 4x4. It’s important to note that to qualify for these tax incentives, your truck must be classified as a Light Commercial Vehicle or LCV, and for a double-cab, that means you need a payload (the amount of ‘stuff’ you can safely carry) of at least one tonne.
While benefit-in-kind tax rates on regular cars are calculated on a sliding scale related to the official carbon dioxide emissions of the car and its list price, LCVs – so long as your truck qualifies – have a fixed rate, which happens to be very low. So, despite the comparatively huge CO2 emissions of trucks compared to cars, and the still-lofty list prices, company car drivers will pay much lower annual bills to the taxman.
For example, compare a high-spec Nissan Navara with a low-spec Land Rover Discovery Sport, and they cost around the same on list price. However, despite the fact the Navara kicks out way more CO2, your tax bills will be less than half of what you’ll pay on the Land Rover. If you’re a 40% taxpayer, that’s a saving of thousands, rather than hundreds.
But, which pick-up trucks are the ones to go for, and why? We've picked out a range of options to suit every budget and taste.
- The classic one – Toyota Hilux
- The workhorse one – Isuzu D-Max
- The all-rounder one – Nissan Navara
- The stylish one – Volkswagen Amarok
- The posh one – Mercedes X-Class