Parkers Top 5 pickups

  • Parkers presents its top five best pickups in the UK based on star ratings
  • Build quality remains the top priority but running costs important too
  • Lots of new models expected in 2015/16 and Mitsubishi L200 first of new generation

Parkers lists its top 5 pickups based on its legendary star ratings. These models are the best overall pickups mony can buy.

The pickup landscape is going to dramatically change over the next 18 months, with replacement of existing models and new manufacturers entering the market for the first time. So here's Parkers Top 5 pickups on the market today.

Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen Amarok

Just scraping into the Top 5 is the Volkswagen Amarok. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles entered this market in 2011, and the Amarok has gone on to sell quite well across the globe. Under the bonnet is VW’s famed 2-litre TDi unit (available with a twin turbo), which is the smallest engine in the class.

However, the Amarok and the engine do have their drawbacks. At 36.2mpg combined, it’s quite heavy on fuel and the peak power and torque bands are quite narrow, which means you have to keep shifting gears to hit the sweet spot.

Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian

After nine years on the market, the Mitsubishi L200 Series 4 was finally replaced by the Series 5 in 2015 but Series 4 sales will continue well into 2016. The new model benefits from a more rigid chassis and stiffer suspension, to reduce body roll and increase torsional rigidity.

Whereas it still falls behind the rest in terms of handling and refinement, the new Mitsubishi L200 is very economical, and boasts a whole host of safety and comfort features. The downside is that is the load area is very small and the 3.1t towing capacity can’t compete with the 3.5t of the Ranger and D-Max.

Isuzu D-Max

Isuzu D-Max

The Isuzu D-Max was the last of the ‘last generation’ of pickups, but we imagine it will continue to compete for some time due to its heavy duty nature and relatively low running costs. The D-Max is also very capable off road.

Isuzu also offer a long five year warranty on the D-Max and they can be purchased for a decent price, like the latest Isuzu D-Max Fury trim, which is available from just £19,999 plus VAT. The downside to the D-Max is its utilitarian feel.

Ford Ranger

Launched in 2011, the third generation Ford Ranger was the first of its kind to be developed by Ford (the previous generations being developed by Mazda). The new model feature more car-like refinement, much sharper steering and an upgraded 3.5t towing capacity.

There is a choice of either a 2.2 or 3.2-litre engine, providing power up to a staggering 198bhp and 470Nm of torque. It has a best-in-class maximum payload of 3.5t, but it has quite a poor fuel economy and they are fairly pricey.

Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux

Durability is the top priority for pickup operators, and one name that sticks head and shoulders above the rest is the Toyota Hilux. Globally renowned for its build quality, the Toyota Hilux is the only pickup to feature in the 2014 Van Reliability Survey.

Powered by either a 2.5 or 3-litre diesel engine, the Hilux has power ratings of 144bhp and 171bhp. The load area is large, although the 2.8t towing capacity is slightly disappointing. The seventh generation of the Toyota Hilux will hit the market in 2016.