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Toyota Hilux
8/10

Overall
verdict

Stronger than a New Zealand Kauri tree and, as we found out, virtually indestructible, the Hilux is an unapologetically manly car.

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What is it?

Sixth generation of Toyota's legendary pick-up is a bona-fide off-roader. Buy one and make your neighbours cower in your majesty.

Driving

Stiff suspension means it actually corners reasonably well for something weighing two-tonnes, while the steering is what we'd refer to as ‘relaxed'. In the way some boats are ‘relaxed'.

The Hilux's rear suspension setup gets leaf springs and those, don't forget, date back to medieval times. Used to keep things rough n' ready, it allows for incredible feats of strength over unforgiving terrain. Unfortunately, the M4 into London isn't that unforgiving. The ladder frame chassis plus ancient setup makes the ride quality somewhat crashy.

A 2.5-litre four-pot diesel produces 142bhp and 252lb ft of torque, equating to a 0-62mph time of 12.5 seconds. The 3.0-litre diesel shaves 0.6 tenths off this time, but in truth, despite the slow 62mph dash, the 2.5 is the one to have. Be warned however, that the engine noise gets quite intrusive when you wind it up.

On the inside

Not that practical when threading its five metre-plus body through towns, but its rear deck is as long as it is wide and is able to swallow a couple of small cows. Low-range gearbox helps climb mountains, while inside the double-cab is plenty to load up fellow explorers or any abandoned humans you might rescue. Also has a wading depth of 700mm, if you're interested.

Owning

Diesel-only models help keep fuel costs bearable, the 2.5-litre four offering 34mpg on the combined cycle.

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