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Vauxhall Maloo VXR
7/10

Overall
verdict

Aussie pickup with a thumping great V8 and the underpinnings of a sports saloon. Not as mad as it looks, though

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What is it?

Not as mad as it looks, sadly. But still mad enough to smoke through a set of tyres, sideways. Serious bang for your buck.

Driving

It's based on the Vauxhall VXR8 and so is utterly car-like to drive. Gets a proper limited slip diff and traction control too, so perfect, graceful slides are accessible thanks to that long wheelbase. 

Rides a bit stiffer than the saloon its based on, but otherwise a quiet, comfortable place to be. Wind and engine noise are, sadly for us, muted at motorway speeds.

That 6.2-litre V8 pumps out 425bhp and thus, 0-62mph takes 4.9 seconds and it'll top out at a limited 155mph. Mad, for something that looks like this.

On the inside

It's a Vauxhall underneath, so everything fits together nicely in here. As for space, you're kidding, right? It's a Ute. That rear load deck can store 1208-litres of stuff, and way, way more with the rear deck removed.

Owning

Running a V8 - and we do mean running - is thirsty work. You're looking at 21mpg and CO2 emissions of 320g/km. But ignore this part of the review. It's a RWD V8 Ute. That's all you need to know.

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7/10 Vauxhall Maloo VXR driven
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