Group test: Double-cab pick-ups


The cab of the D-Max is stylish yet functional and the driver and passenger seats are huge, with plenty of side support for when things get rough. The standard air-con proved its worth as we tested this vehicle on a few hot days this summer.

In the back

Our Steed SE featured both a load liner (essential to keep vehicles like this in good order) and a canopy, which is just about unheard of in
the sector. It’s a nice quality one too, with sep-arate openings at the rear for the window and the tailgate.

The Steed features a large step which looks very handy until you touch it. It’s made out of plastic and feels as though it might snap in half at any moment.

We’d be interested to look forward a couple of years and see how many of these steps are still in one piece.

The Amarok’s rear end was graced with a lockable tool chest which turned out to be a £323 option.

It looked good and chunky but meant there was little room left for any other cargo. although  it does have the highest payload at 1,119kg.

We were also disappointed to see that the load liner, which is free on the Steed, D-Max and Ranger, came as an option too at £485.

However, the rear tailgate is so strong that you could imagine launching a rocket from it, while the rear step is tough and sturdy too and quite up to the job. If you want a canopy like that offered as standard with the Steed, it’ll cost an extra £1,583.

The D-Max also features a load liner as standard fitment and there are plenty of load-lashing eyes liberally dotted about.

The rear step, too, felt chunky and hard-wearing.

The Ranger features a plastic load liner and also a bar on each side with movable load lashing eyes.

We were also pleased to see the addition of a handy 12v take-off in the load area, something the others didn’t have. Once again a canopy comes as an added extra.

On the road

Purely on drivability, the Steed suffers against the opposition. It is much more like 4x4 trucks used to be six or seven years ago, with clunky gear changes and an unnervingly vague steering set-up.

The Steed suffers from turbo lag too, a phenomenon we haven’t experienced for some years now.

Put your foot down and very little happens until the engine reaches the mid rev range, after which it surges forward in a lively manner.

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