Best pickup trucks 2022 - which to buy in the UK?

  • Our list of the best UK pickup trucks, based on our direct experience of reviewing and testing them all
  • Every current pickup rated, including the best for work, the best for family and the best for lifestyle
  • All the info you need to make the right pickup truck buying decision

If you’re looking for a vehicle that can do it all, a pickup truck could be the way to go. These versatile machines are capable of nearly everything, performing well as family transport and as durable workhorses, smashing long distances on the road, conquering the wilderness off it. This is our expert round-up of the best pickups on sale in the UK in 2022. We’ve also got a selection of the best used pickups available in the UK.

Pickups come in a wide variety of types and sizes. Some are as luxurious and well-equipped as modern SUVs. Others are focused on work, with easy-to-clean interiors and great towing capability. The very best pickup trucks will even give you the best of both worlds all in one.

Here’s what we’re going to cover:

> Pros – what makes pickups so popular?

> Best new pickup trucks

> Different types of pickup truck

> Best used pickup trucks

> Cons – things to consider if you’re thinking about buying a pickup

> Are there any cheap pickup trucks?

> Are there any small pickup trucks?

While the UK has never fallen quite as much in love with pickup trucks as other parts of the world – in the USA for example, the Ford F-150 pickup has been the bestselling vehicle of any kind since 1977 – they are incredibly useful vehicles, with an image that reflects this.

Not only do they look rough and tough, they usually actually are rough and tough, with strong ladder-frame chassis construction and four-wheel drive systems that give them the ability to perform well off-road. This isn’t just useful for farmers, but also so-called lifestyle buyers – people who want a pickup to support their hobbies and reflect the kinds of things they do away from work.

Best pickup trucks UK: Ford Ranger, front, Thunder, grey

That open load space in the back is as ideal for chucking in kayaks and bodyboards as it is DIY or building supplies, and you never have to worry about the load bed getting dirty because you can simply hose it out later on. Any 4×4 pickup will easily scramble across a muddy field, sandy beach or slippery slope to get where you need to go, too.

On the inside there’s plenty of space for adults, and while most pickups aren’t as comfortable as ordinary cars, they do now offer all the same technology – from the latest infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to up-to-date safety tech such as autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

What’s more, because most of them come under the same tax rules as vans, they offer big road tax and company car tax savings compared with many regular cars – check out our van tax guide for full details.

Best pickup truck UK

These are the pickup trucks available to buy in the UK in 2022, a quick synopsis of what we think of them and a link to our full reviews of each one.

1. Ford Ranger

Best pickup for all-round capability and car-like comfort

Best pickup trucks UK: Ford Ranger, 2021 Parkers pickup of the year award winner

The Ranger is the three-times winner of the Parkers Pickup of the Year award, taking the crown in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Now powered by refined and muscular 2.0-litre engines, it delivers ride comfort that’s nearly on-par with passenger SUVs, has high payload ratings and can tow 3,500kg, making it ideal for lifestyle and working buyers.

Available with lots of options, a choice of all three pickup body types, and in a wide selection of trim levels, you can buy a Ranger as a (not so) basic tool or a fashion accessory. Nothing matches it for all-round appeal, and to prove it’s not just a winner for us, the Ford is also the UK and Europe’s bestselling pickup.

Price: from £23,526*
Power / torque: 130-213hp / 340-500Nm
Payload: 1,024-1,252kg
Max towing capacity:

>> Read our full Ford Ranger review

>> Find a Ford Ranger for sale near you

2. Toyota Hilux

Best pickup for those who want a big engine – and a 10-year warranty

Best pickup trucks UK: Toyota Hilux 2.8D, front, grey

The Hilux was updated in 2020, and has gone from being one of the least powerful pickups in the UK to the one with the biggest engine – it’s now available with an excellent 2.8-litre four-cylinder that produces 204hp and up to 500Nm of torque, though the older 150hp 2.4-litre motor carries on in cheaper models.

It’s great off-road, refined, and should prove every bit as reliable as Toyota’s long-standing reputation would suggest. Backing this up, as of June 2021, the Hilux comes with a 10-year warranty. It’s not the most comfortable choice for on-road driving, but is available in all three body types.

Price: from £23,413*
Power / torque: 150-204hp / 400-500Nm
Payload: 1,075-1,105kg
Max towing capacity:

>> Read our full Toyota Hilux review

>> Find a Toyota Hilux for sale near you

3. Isuzu D-Max

Best pickup for working toughness and modern safety kit

Best pickup trucks UK: Isuzu D-Max, front, orange, wading through deep muddy water

The second-generation D-Max, launched in 2021, is a massive upgrade over the previous model and extremely close to the top of the class. It still uses the same 1.9-litre diesel engine, but with a strengthened chassis, all-new exterior, all-new interior and more safety kit than any rival, it’s a significant step forward.

While the lifestyle variants – now badged V-Cross – are fancier than ever, the D-Max remains a working truck at heart, making it tough and dependable if not quite as polished as the Ranger. With just 164hp, it’s not very powerful. But it also doesn’t weigh much, has high payload ratings and every model can tow 3,500kg.

Price: from £21,009*
Power / torque: 164hp / 360Nm
Payload: 1,070-1,205kg
Max towing capacity:

>> Read our full Isuzu D-Max review

>> Find an Isuzu D-Max for sale near you

4. Ford Ranger Raptor

Best pickup for off-road performance and lifestyle image

Best pickup trucks UK: Ford Ranger Raptor, front, blue

Regular Ranger not quite exciting enough for you? Ford also sells a Raptor version with completely revised bodywork and an enhanced chassis optimised for off-road driving. It looks sensational, and is very comfortable on-road as well as off-road, thanks to its long-travel suspension and high-tech shock absorbers.

These kinds of modifications don’t come cheap – and it’s more expensive to tax than other pickups, too. Worse, sometimes the 213hp engine doesn’t feel like it’s got enough puff for a machine that weighs 2,500kg. But overall it’s an extraordinary thing, and we absolutely loved our Ranger Raptor long-term test vehicle.

The next generation of Raptor is on the way, too, and this time it will come with a more performance-oriented engine in the form of a 3.0-litre V6 petrol. It costs from £57,340 (including VAT) and it’s on sale now – we haven’t driven it yet but there is plenty to look forward to about the new 2022 Ford Ranger Raptor.

Price: from £43,026*
Power / torque: 213hp / 500Nm
Payload: 620kg
Max towing capacity:

>> Read our full Ford Ranger Raptor review

>> Find a Ford Ranger Raptor for sale near you

5. SsangYong Musso

Best pickup for combined towing and payload

Best pickup trucks UK: SsangYong Musso, 2021 facelift, red, front

The SsangYong Musso is only sold as a double-cab pickup in the UK and is based on the firm’s Rexton SUV, giving it car-like rear suspension and plenty of creature comforts. While this and the lengthy seven-year warranty might make it seem like a bit of a toy compared with rivals, it has plenty of payload and towing capability

Particularly impressive is the way it can combine the two – it has an enormous gross train weight (GTW – the total allowed weight of vehicle and trailer) of 6,450kg, which means it can tow to its 3,500kg maximum and still carry over 1,000kg in the back. A facelifted version went on sale in late 2021 which brought subtler styling and a touch more power.

Price: from £23,610*
Power / torque: 202hp / 441Nm
Payload: 1,095kg
Max towing capacity:

>> Read our full SsangYong Musso review

>> Find a SsangYong Musso for sale near you

6. SsangYong Musso Rhino LWB

Best pickup for double-cab load space

Best pickup trucks UK: SsangYong Musso Rhino LWB, side, driving

SsangYong also sells the Musso as a Rhino LWB long-wheelbase model. Stretching to over 5.4m in length overall, the Musso Rhino has the largest load area of any double-cab pickup in the UK. Not only is the load bed 1,610mm long from tailgate to cab, it’s also 1,570mm wide and 570mm deep. Massive.

On top of this, the Rhino has a maximum payload rating of 1,140kg and a gross train weight of 6,900kg – the highest of any pickup sold here. It’s one all-round heavy hauler. To cope, the car-like suspension of the standard Musso is replaced with more traditional leaf springs, making it less good to drive. Great value, though.

Price: from £32,010*
Power / torque: 181hp / 420Nm
Payload: 1,140kg
Max towing capacity:

>> Read our full SsangYong Musso review

>> Find a SsangYong Musso for sale near you

*All new pickup prices are commercial vehicle on the road (CVOTR) prices correct at the time of writing, including first registration fee, tax and delivery, but excluding VAT

Which type of pickup is best for you?

If you want a multipurpose vehicle, perhaps for carrying the kids as well as the building supplies or surfboards, then a double-cab pickup makes the most sense.

Double-cab pickup - Isuzu D-Max, blue, side

Sometimes also called crew-cab pickups, these have four proper doors and five proper seats – though the middle rear one might be tight for adults, passenger space is otherwise usually very generous. These typically look the most premium, too, but will also have the shortest load beds and the highest price. Four-wheel drive will be fitted as standard and automatic gearboxes are common.

Most pickups sold in the UK are double-cab 4×4 trucks, precisely because they are so versatile.

But some brands also offer single-cab pickups and extended-cab pickups.

Single-cab pickup - Toyota Hilux, silver, front

Single-cab pickups, sometimes known as regular-cab pickups, have just two doors and two seats. These are almost always basic working vehicles, with the longest load area and high payload capacity. Interiors are usually finished in easy-to-clean materials but may lose out on standard equipment. Some will also only be rear-wheel drive, so watch out for that if you need some off-road capability.

Typically, these have narrower bodies than other types, making them the smallest pickups in the UK in terms of width. But they are often also longer than other types of pickup, which can make them trickier to move around, especially off-road.

Extended-cab pickup - Isuzu D-Max, orange, front

Extended-cab pickups – also known as king-cab pickups, super-cab pickups and club-cab pickups – have two proper front doors and two proper front seats plus a set of smaller rear doors and occasional rear seats, splitting the difference between single-cab and double-cab models. The rear doors often open back to front, meaning the front doors have to be opened first but leaving lots of space for access.

Again, these tend to be more basic pickups than their double-cab equivalents, but offer good versatility if you only occasionally need to carry extra passengers as they have longer load beds and sometimes higher payload ratings. They cost less, too.

What are the best used pickups?

In addition to pre-owned examples of the above, a number of mainstream pickups were recently killed off. So if you’re searching for a used pickup you’ll probably be seeing plenty of these on the secondhand market.

8. Mitsubishi L200 Series 6

Best pickup for ease of use

Best pickup trucks UK: Mitsubishi L200 Series 6, orange, front

Having been one of the first pickups to start the lifestyle revolution a couple of generations ago, the Mitsubishi L200 continues to excel at being particularly easy to use. It’s smaller than most rivals, light on its feet, and comes with permanent rather than part-time four-wheel drive.

This means the 4×4 system can be left on all the time, rather than restricted to slippery situations. It’s only available with a meagre 150hp engine now, but certainly isn’t short of eye-catching style on the outside. Mitsubishi exited the UK market in 2021, but aftercare, servicing and warranty support will continue.

>> Read our full Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 review

>> Find a Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 for sale near you

Nissan Navara

Best pickup for mpg, conversion friendly

Best pickup trucks UK: Nissan Navara, red king cab, blue double cab

The Nissan Navara is another pickup with car-style rear suspension. It came in king-cab and double-cab body types, and both were available as chassis cabs, which is unusual. The chassis cab models come without a load-bed fitted so they can be converted for other uses – the only other UK pickup sold this way is the Ranger.

Given the suspension, we’ve always been disappointed by the way the Navara drives, and the interior feels dated now. But the 2.3-litre dCi turbodiesel engine is terrific, offering plenty of power and class-leading fuel economy. Payload ratings are excellent, too. Shame Nissan discontinued the Navara at the end of 2021.

>> Read our full Nissan Navara review

>> Find a Nissan Navara for sale near you

VW Amarok

Best pickup for comfort and V6 power

Best pickup trucks UK: Volkswagen Amarok V6, green, splashing through deep water

When Volkswagen ditched the original four-cylinder engines from the Amarok and fitted a 3.0-litre V6 instead it transformed this truck into a really premium cruiser. Performance from all V6 versions is very satisfying, and they are amazingly comfortable. But towing capacity is slightly restricted compared with rivals.

>> Read our full VW Amarok review

>> Find a VW Amarok for sale near you

Mercedes X-Class

Best pickup for premium image

Best pickup trucks UK: Mercedes-Benz X-Class, grey, front, driving

Sold for just over two years between 2017 and 2020, the X-Class suffered from its well-known association with the Navara, even though Mercedes extensively re-engineering the Nissan platform. The X-Class V6 is mighty fast, but you have to put up with a hard ride in exchange for the impressive handling.

>> Read our full Mercedes X-Class review

>> Find a Mercedes X-Class for sale near you

Isuzu D-Max (first generation)

Best pickup for towing and reliability

Best pickup trucks UK: Isuzu D-Max first generation, front, grey, off-road

Sold in a huge range of trim levels, this D-Max is still best known as a working vehicle – something it excels at. Reliability is outstanding, and suspension revisions later in life made it more comfortable. The 1.9-litre engine lacks oomph compared with the earlier 2.5-litre twin-turbo, but both tow well and offer plenty of payload.

>> Read our full Isuzu D-Max (2012-2020) review

>> Find an Isuzu D-Max for sale near you

Mitsubishi L200 Series 5

Best pickup for lightweight performance

Best pickup trucks UK: Mitsubishi L200 Series 5, SVP II, front, silver and orange

The current Series 6 L200 is really just a heavily made-over Series 5 model. There’s barely any change inside, but the Series 5 did get a more powerful 184hp engine and was lighter, too, making it nimble and surprisingly spritely. The L200 Barbarian was particularly popular, while the L200 Challenger was the run-out model.

>> Read our full Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 review

>> Find a Mitsubishi L200 for sale near you

Fiat Fullback

Best pickup for surprising value

Best pickup trucks UK: Fiat Fullback, black, front

The Fiat Fullback is an L200 Series 5 in disguise, giving it all the same capability but with some interesting specification levels, such as the off-road orientated Fullback Cross. These were available with smashing finance deals when new, so expect to find them attractively priced used, too.

>> Read our full Fiat Fullback review

>> Find a Fiat Fullback for sale near you

Things to consider if you’re thinking about buying a pickup truck in the UK

Pickups are very versatile machines. Pros include offering plenty of passenger space, off-road capability, toughness, easy-to-clean load areas (no need to work about getting the boot carpet dirty here) and most of them are also far cheaper to tax than similarly sized SUVs.

They aren’t free of cons, however. Being so big they are more difficult to park and far less fuel efficient than almost any modern SUV, and ride comfort is usually far worse (even if pickups have gotten much better in recent years).

Heavier pickups, including some Ford Rangers and Toyota Hilux models, will be subject to van speed limits, which are lower on many roads than they are for cars.

The load bed may be easy to clean but it’s also more difficult to secure and keep dry compared with a conventional van. Though there are plenty of solutions to these problems for working and lifestyle use, this will mean extra expense.

There are image issues as well. You might love the big, bold looks, but in our increasingly environmentally conscious times, don’t expect everyone else to agree with you.

This goes hand-in-hand with the running costs – not only should you anticipate using plenty of fuel, but servicing is more frequent than with other types of vehicle and pickups are fundamentally heavy, which makes them hard on brakes and other ‘consumable’ items.

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Cheap pickup trucks

If you’re after a cheap pickup truck in the UK then you’re best looking for something secondhand.

In which case, we’d suggest going for models from Japanese manufacturers – Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota – as these should offer good long-term reliability. Even if these aren’t the very cheapest pickup trucks to buy outright, they should cost you less in on-going maintenance.

Cheap pickup trucks UK - Nissan Navara D40 X-back

However, they can suffer particularly badly with rust. The D40-generation Nissan Navara has a well-documented ‘chassis-snapping’ issue caused by corrosion, but the reality is any older pickup truck or other ladder-frame chassis vehicle can fall victim to similar problems – so make sure you inspect carefully.

Take a good look at the MOT history for signs of past and future issues, too.

That said, though pickups often appear prominently in lists of vehicles that regularly fail their MOT test, these failures are often related to small items that have been casually damaged, rather than major issues.

The nature of their construction and the type of work they do mean most used pickups will have had a hard life, but if well cared for they should deliver years or even decades of good service.

If you want a brand new cheap pickup, consider monthly leasing and finance deals to suit your budget. The L200, D-Max and Musso have the lowest cash prices, and there are often good deals to be had on the Nissan Navara. Ford also sells a hell of a lot of Rangers, so you should be able to find good deals on them as well.

>> Find a used pickup for sale via Parkers

Small pickup trucks in the UK

At various times in the past there have been a number of small pickups available in the UK, including early versions of the Volkswagen Caddy, the colourful Skoda Felicia Fun, the surprisingly capable Proton Jumbuck, the classic Subaru Brat and various old Ford P100 models.

Small pickup trucks UK - old VW Caddy

There are no current equivalents of these, as present tax rules only allow pickups with payload ratings greater than 1,000kg to qualify as commercial vehicles, and there simply doesn’t seem to be a market for smaller lifestyle models in the UK.

The closest you can get if you want a small pickup in the UK right now would be something based on a small van, with the Fiat Doblo Work-up being the most commonly available.

There has recently been a resurgence of smaller lifestyle pickups in the USA, however – most notably the Ford Maverick – so that trend could spread over the pond to us in the next few years. But until that happens you’ll need to be looking in the classifieds rather than at a brand new model, unfortunately.