Dual-cab 4x4 utes: Australia's Best Value Cars 2017

Australia can’t get enough of dual-cab utes right now, and there’s plenty to choose from. Here’s the best of the bunch.

Dual cab 4x4 utes Australias Best Value Cars 2017

Australia can’t get enough of dual-cab utes right now, and there’s plenty to choose from. Here’s the best of the bunch.

1st: Mitsubishi Triton GLX

If a dual-cab ute represents your ideal work/family rig, you’re not alone – this increasingly popular segment regularly contributes some of the country’s best sellers outright. Some of these models win sales through refinement approaching a car, loads of equipment and a butch image, while others, such as the Mitsubishi Triton, generate their appeal by delivering a hefty value payload. The diamond-star ute starts with a sub-$40K price tag which, with sound 52 percent three-year resale, means less lost to depreciation than any key rival.

What the turbo-diesel four-cylinder lacks in capacity (and refinement), it makes up with better than average 7.6L/100km official combined-cycle economy. A five-year warranty is a standout in this class (matched only by the Isuzu D-Max) and the 12-month service interval is surely often enough for a rugged workhorse. The average dual-cab ute costs more to insure than most family car alternatives, but happily the Mitsubishi is among the least-costly of the breed, at $859 per annum. Provided you’re talking value and not road manners, the Triton GLX is head and shoulders above the rest.

2nd: Nissan Navara RX

The Nissan Navara RX has a slightly smaller, thriftier and more refined engine than the Triton to deliver the lowest fuel cost of all the key dual-cab players, and has a 12-month/20,000km service interval to please buyers who do an above-average number of kays.

3rd: Volkswagen Amarok TDI420 Core Edition

It’s pleasing to see that the most appealingly polished dual-cab ute in the land stacks up on pure value too. The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, eight-speed auto Amarok delivers a series of consistent performances rather than any one standout to seal a solid third.

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