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1. Ford Ranger
Practical, good to drive and competitively priced, the Ford Ranger is easily Europe’s best-selling pickup. What’s more, there’s a Ranger for every need, with a choice of single-cab, super-cab and double-cab configurations to suit different requirements. The latter is the most popular option, offering four doors and seating for five, along with a still generous load bay capable of carrying almost 1,200kgs.

Whichever model you go for, you’ll be impressed by the Ranger’s driving experience and on-board technology. There’s also a wide choice of engines, with three 2.0 four-cylinder diesel engines delivering between 128bhp and 213bhp, as well as a slightly thirsty 3.2-litre five-cylinder unit badged 3.2 Duratorq 200. Most people will opt for one of the 2.0-litre diesels, with the popular 168bhp variant delivering sprightly performance and strong pulling power from low down in the rev range.

While no pickup offers the smoothest ride, the Ranger is one of the best in this regard and feels more settled than firmer rivals like the Toyota Hilux. Overall, it’s a great all-rounder.

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2. Volkswagen Amarok
Looking for a pickup truck with an interior that’s a cut above the rest? The Volkswagen Amarok certainly fits the bill, with a quality feel that few rivals can match.

It’s a practical choice, too, with a large 2.5 square-meter load bay capable of carrying cargo of over a tonne. Inside the cabin, there’s space for five, with luxuries including heated leather seats, stylish 19-inch alloy wheels and parking sensors coming as standard on the Highline trim. For a sportier style, there’s a Black Edition with dark detailing and even higher equipment levels.

Under the bonnet, you’ll find a 3.0 diesel engine with either 201 or 255bhp. Despite the relatively high capacity, running costs are reasonable, with both versions returning around 35mpg on the official cycle. Four-wheel drive is offered as standard, with the choice of an automatic or manual gearbox.

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Volkswagen Amarok
3. Mitsubishi L200
The sixth-generation L200 was launched in 2019 and builds on the Japanese brand’s renowned reputation for building bulletproof utilitarian vehicles by adding a new-found sense of style.

In this competitive market, the L200 stands out as a great all-rounder, combining a spacious loadbay with excellent off-road capability and affordable running costs. In fact, the latter is one of Mitsubishi’s strongest suits, with the capable 148bhp 2.3 litre four-cylinder diesel engine returning over 40mpg.

In terms of practicality, the L200 is available as either a ‘club cab’ or double-cab design. Whichever one is right for you, those chunky tyres and standard four-wheel-drive system mean this is a vehicle you can take almost anywhere.

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4. Toyota Hilux
Dependability and reliability are two words you’ll probably associate with Toyota, and the Hilux delivers on both fronts while also being spacious, economical and packed with technology.

With a towing limit of 3,200kg and a load bay that can carry more than a tonne, it’s also a model that delivers the practicalities you’d expect from a pickup truck.

When it comes to choosing your Hilux, buyers can opt for either a single or double-cab design, along with four trim levels offering varying levels of equipment. Top spec versions get niceties like cruise control, tinted windows, reversing camera and a touchscreen infotainment system.

Although there’s only one engine on offer in the UK, it’s a solid performer with reasonable running costs. The 2.4-litre unit has a useful 148bhp, while returning around 40mpg. Overall, it’s a solid choice, with the added peace of mind provided by Toyota’s generous five-year warranty.

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Toyota Hilux
5. Nissan Navara
Nissan has a long-standing reputation for building dependable pickups, with the latest Navara taking this to the next level by also significantly improving its on-road driving dynamics.

Capable of towing up to 3,500kg, the Navara has a spacious load bay and well-equipped interior, providing you choose one of the higher trims. While basic versions are quite sparse, the popular Tekna model includes all-round parking camera, heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control and LED headlamps. Like many rivals, there’s a choice of either a ‘King Cab’ or double-cab body style depending on your needs.

Engine choices include a 158bhp 2.3-litre diesel, along with a more powerful 187bhp turbocharged version that offers even more in the way of performance. It’s economical, too, with a claimed average of more than 40mpg. It’s a top choice if you’re looking for a versatile pickup that’s also smooth and refined.

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Nissan Navara

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