The Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux have a serious rivalry going on in the 4x4 ute segment, - but as we all know, there are more than just two utes to choose from: in fact, there is more than a dozen dual-cab pick-up models on sale.
And now, there’s the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up, which is the first such model from the brand with the three-pointed star.
Yes, Mercedes has entered the dual cab pick-up fray - and why not? This part of the market continues to grow, and now accounts for almost one in every six new vehicle sales in Australia. So we thought we’d take the new X-Class ute, which is broadly based on the Nissan Navara, and put it against the two best-selling utility vehicles in Australia - the HiLux and the Ranger.
Not only are the HiLux and Ranger big sellers, they’re also representative of different benchmarks within their competitive set. The Ranger is renowned for its on-road polish; the HiLux for its ready-to-go durability. In many ways – not just on the sales charts – these two are the utes that every manufacturer wants to replicate, or better.
It’s great news for consumers, because more competition breeds better value models, and invariably with every new model that launches, so to do some new-to-the-segment features.
Broadly speaking, the Mercedes X-Class model range is more expensive than its mainstream competitors, but we’ve assembled the top-of-the-range versions of each of these utes - the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Power X250d, the Toyota HiLux Rugged X, and the Ford Ranger Wildtrak - to see how they stack up against each other across a range of diverse criteria, including on-road, off-road, loaded, unloaded, towing and more.
Which will win? Where should you spend your money? Read on to find out...