Our test vehicle was the XLT dual cab 4x4 which starts at $59,390. However, it was enhanced with various factory options including Blue Lightning prestige paint ($600), leather-accented seats ($1650) and the XLT 'Tech Pack' ($1700) comprising a suite of dynamic safety features including AEB. These options push the price up to $63,340 which is only $650 short of the premium Wildtrak at $63,990.
However, if you’re a lover of chrome, the XLT offers more of it than any other grade. You’ll see your reflection in the grille, exterior door handles, tailgate handle, door mirrors, rear bumper and tubular rear sports bar. Thankfully, the chrome doesn’t extend to the wheels, which are 17-inch alloys with 265/65 road-biased tyres and a full-size spare.
Inside there are lots of useful items including a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift, rear privacy glass, six-way manual adjustable driver’s seat (should be powered at this price), dual-zone climate control and smart keyless entry/push button start to name a few.
And there’s the six-speaker multimedia system featuring 'Sync 3' voice-activated controls plus sat-nav, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Bluetooth and DAB+ digital radio. The big 8.0-inch colour touchscreen and its intuitive software sets an industry benchmark for ease of use.