Utes under $70k
Australians have flocked to the dual-cab ute segment and buyers shopping in the sub-$70k segment are afforded the most choice of all. A $70,000 spend can net almost any dual-cab ute, bar some of the most expensive top-tier versions. Even Mercedes-Benz has thrown its hat in the ring and now offers the X-Class ute, and with American offerings upping the size limit (and price ceiling), the humble ute segment has reached new heights.
Those interested in a high-spec ute will almost certainly have a Volkswagen Amarok on their list. Volkswagen’s introduction of the more powerful and more expensive V6 Amarok helped push the dual-cab market into the $70k price point.
While you can’t quite score a dune-jumping Ford Ranger Raptor for $70,000, Ford will still sell you a very well-equipped Wildtrak ute with either a 5-cylinder or twin-turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine. One of Australia’s best-selling vehicles, the Ford Ranger is a rugged ute with light steering and good safety credentials. There’s not a lot more you can ask for.
The natural enemy to Ford’s Ranger Raptor comes in at under $70k, meaning you can have an HSV developed and fettled ute post-Australian manufacturing closure. With an updated interior, new suspension, body panels, wheels and brakes, the SportsCat offers a lot more than meets the eye.
If you’re keen on adding a touch of luxury to your dual-cab, Mercedes-Benz offers the X-Class which should perk up the ambience of what is essentially, a utility vehicle. Based on the Nissan Navara, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class is offered in a number of specifications with a choice of two engines.
Even when shopping in the deep end, sometimes it’s just too hard to go past the tried and tested Toyota Hilux. Toyota will sell you a few Hilux variants which directly compete with the above options too.