UTE COMPARO GETS A FEW JOURNOS HOT UNDER THE COLLAR

MATT RAUDONIKIS

ANY TIME you assemble all of NY TIME you assemble all of the major players in a categor the major pla in a category and compare them it will and compare them it will produce some heated chatter produce some heated chatter. Especially when, as was the Especially when, as was the case with the one-tonne pick-up test case with the one-tonne pick-up test ou team up with the in this issue,, you team up with the in this issue crew from another magazine to get from another magazine to get cr the number of drivers required.equired.

In this case In this case,, we partnered with partnered with the guys fromWHEELS Magazine, the guys from WHEELS Magazine who doníít always see e e-to-e who don t al ys see eye-to-eye with with us on the performance of off-roadus on the performance of off-roadcapable vehicles. They re moryírí e more capable vehicles. used to driving sports cars and hot used to driving sports cars and hot hatches than anything capable of hatches than anything capable of driving off-road or carrying a tonne. driving off-road or carrying a tonne. Some of them get nose bleeds if Some of them get nose bleeds if they get in anything with upwards of they get in anything with upwards of 200mm of ground clearance.

So it did come as a surprise when So it did come as a surprise when both our authors came to the same both our authors came to the same conclusion as to which is the best conclusion as to which is the best car in this class.. Interestingly, it is car in this class Interestingl it is the most passenger car-like in the the most passenger car-like in the oup of utes and the oldest one on group of utes and the oldest one on the market. Everything else is either the mar et. Everything else is either new or has copped a major update or has copped a major update in the time it has been a ailable the time it has been available..

If youíre silly enough to read this If youíre silly enough to read this ouííd know I donít page regular page regularly, youd know I doní ate any of the double-cab one-rate any of the double-cab one-tonne 4x4 utes highl tonne 4x4 utes highly. They re allyírí e all too compromised to do anything too compromised to do anything xceptionally well, as they try to be exceptionally well, as they try to be erything to everyone and donít everything to e er one and doní xcel in any discipline. If I had to excel in any discipline. If I had to hoose any of them, I reckon the choose any of them, I r on the V6 VW is a pretty good town and V6 VW is a pretty good town and country road car.

This week Iím driving the his week Iím driving the Mahindra Pik-Up and Iíd rather Mahindra Pik-Up, and Iíd rather wn it than any of the utes in own it than any of the utes in our big test.. For starters, itís got our big test or starters, itís got a proper gearbox, a good-sized a proper gearbox, a good-sized cabin, better visibility from its cabin, better visibility from its more upright driving position, it more upright driving position, it handles a load well, and it costs handles a load well, and it costs only $32K. It mightnít be pretty or only $32K. It mightnít be pretty or efined, but you canít argue with the refined, but you canít argue with the performance and value for money. performance and value for mone