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Personal farm vehicles now take many forms, including 4x4s, SUVs and pick-up trucks from Toyota, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Volkswagen, and once ubiquitous Land Rover Defender. New vehicle reports, first-drives and comparative group tests help you evaluate the best for road and off-road use.

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On test: Isuzu D-Max V-Cross pickup

Isuzu has found its own little slot in the pickup market, with the D-Max traditionally operating at the austere end of the spectrum and, as such, offering farmers and builders…

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On test: Toyota Hilux Invincible pickup

Toyota has deep roots in the pickup market, with the ubiquitous Hilux debuting globally in 1967 and breaking cover in the UK in 1973. Since then, it has remained a…

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On test: Ford Ranger Limited pickup

After it stopped pedalling rebadged Mazdas and designed a vehicle of its own, Ford soon became the biggest seller of pickups in the UK. The Ranger consistently tops the sales…

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Land Rover to test hydrogen-powered Defender prototype

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed it is developing a hydrogen-powered version of the Defender in a project part-funded by the government-backed Advanced Propulsion Centre. A prototype of the new…

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First drive: Land Rover's commercial-spec Defender Hard Top

After a near five-year hiatus, Land Rover has returned to a somewhat thinner commercial 4x4 sector, as the load-lugging derivatives of its latest Defender prepare to do battle with the…

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Isuzu's new D-Max hits UK market as Nissan Navara bows out

The winds of change are whistling through the pickup market, with the choice of 10 brands slashed to just four as big players desert the sector en masse.   Nissan…

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First drive: Great Wall Steed pickup

The Steed may have an old-fashioned and slightly crude feel to it, but it looks capable of coping with regular farm duties. Some of the fittings were a bit cheap,…

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On test: Volvo V90 Cross Country Pro D5

While the bulbous SUV has been dominating the UK’s road network, its svelte, understated cousin – the all-wheel-drive estate – has quietly taken a back seat. But after several years…

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New-look Dacia Duster stays true to budget roots

Having been the butt of jokes for years, unfashionable Dacia is now developing something of a cult following for its bog-basic, no-frills car. See also: Pickup test: 6 farm trucks…

Subaru Forester on test

Subaru might have made its name in gas-guzzling performance cars such as the Impreza, but the quirky Japanese firm's bread and butter now comes in the form of practical SUVs.…

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On test: Mercedes X-Class pickup

It’s official. The farm pickup has gone posh. Posh badge, posh spec and eye-wateringly posh money. Yup, we’re talking serious cash here. When the flagship V6 version of the Mercedes…

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On test: Volvo XC60 T8 AWD hybrid

Volvo has long been the last word in automotive safety, but its latest hybrid SUV has added ferocious performance and thrifty fuel use into the mix. The XC60 T8’s combination…

Petrol-electric Lexus has 4x4 potential

Petrol-electric power might not be the obvious choice for a country car, but Lexus reckons it’s the answer. Oliver Mark put it to the test. Lexus is the emissions-friendly flag-bearer…

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On test: Isuzu D-Max V-Cross pickup

Isuzu has found its own little slot in the pickup market, with the D-Max traditionally operating at the austere end of the spectrum and, as such, offering farmers and builders…

Vauxhall Country Tourer on test

It’s been a long time coming, but late last year the great bastion of car-making mediocrity – Vauxhall – finally launched a new 4x4 Insignia estate to compete with its…

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Jeep adds luxury to rugged off-road Wrangler

Despite selling fewer than 300 models to its small and devoted band of followers last year, Jeep has decided to invest healthily in a new Wrangler model that brings with…

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On test: Mercedes' £100k G-Class

The G-Class is one of Mercedes’ great success stories – an old warhorse kitted out with a few mod cons that now fetches huge fees from the rich and famous.…

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Pickup test: Ford Ranger Limited

Big, brash, but somehow a little underwhelming. The Ranger finished comfortably in second place thanks to its enviable spec list, but the combination of five-cylinder engine and six-speed auto lacked…

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Pickup test: Ford Ranger Limited

Big, brash, but somehow a little underwhelming. The Ranger finished comfortably in second place thanks to its enviable spec list, but the combination of five-cylinder engine and six-speed auto lacked…

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Pickup buyers guide 2017

Ask your granddad about the farm vehicle he had as a youngster and you can almost guarantee it was a Land Rover Defender of some form. They were the staple,…

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On test: Ford Ranger Limited pickup

After it stopped pedalling rebadged Mazdas and designed a vehicle of its own, Ford soon became the biggest seller of pickups in the UK. The Ranger consistently tops the sales…

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Pickup test: Mitsubishi L200 Club Cab 4Life

A major redesign of Mitsubishi’s L200 has delivered a stand-out exterior, though whether it has actually improved its looks is debatable. Base spec 4Life models get a smart cab with…

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On test: Electric Tesla Model X serves up taste of future

Rocket-building, weed-smoking billionaire Elon Musk is leading an electric revolution intent on transforming transport on earth and beyond. The engineering entrepreneur only started his Tesla motor business in 2003, but…

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On test: Korean 4x4s - Hyundai Santa Fe

Farmers Weekly are putting three £40,000 4x4s all hailing from South Korea to the test.  Our trio of top-speccers includes the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Ssangyong Rexton. Here is…

VW Tiguan proves a classy, if pricey, performer

VW's Tiguan has evolved as a do-anything mixture of the urban hatchback that is the Golf and its tough 4x4 cousin the Touareg. It went under the knife after just…

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Pickup buyer's guide 2020-21

Tougher emissions standards and buyers feeling the pinch has led to a number of higher-spec models being withdrawn from the market. We take a look at what options are available…

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£690 conversion kit turns Land Rover Discoverys into pickups

Used Land Rover Discoverys don’t enjoy the same cult status as the iconic Defender, so when the rot sets in, values hit the floor. That means MOT failures can change…

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On test: New no-frills MWM Spartan 4x4

Mainstream vehicle manufacturers have all but abandoned the dedicated off-road sector in favour of luxury, mass-market soft-roaders that reel in the big bucks. That might seem like a smack in…

Latest Toyota Rav 4 tested

Toyota masterminded a new genre of cars when it ushered the Rav 4 into the 4x4 market in 1994. With three doors, a side-hinged boot and a spare wheel mounted…

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Pickup buyer's guide 2018-19

New models and additional variants have extended the choice of pickup trucks for farm and leisure use, as you can see in our full Pickup buyers guide (PDF). The Mercedes-Benz…

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How to pick up an Aussie pickup for your farm

Sometimes it can seem like we get a pretty mundane selection of pickups in the UK. While our North Americans cousins are hooning around in dual-wheeled Ford F350s and the…

Get the best from a second-hand Land Rover Defender

With production of the Land Rover Defender due to cease in just over a year, used car values are hitting new heights. Oliver Mark runs through what to look out…

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Tips for buying a second-hand pickup: Ford Ranger

For more than 20 years, Ford’s pickups were essentially rebadged Mazdas, and they were pretty simple, solid vehicles. However, in 2011 the firm decided to take the job in-house and…

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Pickup buyer's guide 2020-21

Tougher emissions standards and buyers feeling the pinch has led to a number of higher-spec models being withdrawn from the market. We take a look at what options are available…

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Converting 4x4s to red diesel – how to stay road legal

Land Rovers and pickups are an indispensable part of all farm businesses and if you’re using them for specific tasks then it might pay to convert them to full agricultural…

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Can electric 4x4s break the diesel stronghold?

Diesel takes a bit of beating when it comes to powering off-road vehicles and hauling heavy trailers around the countryside. It develops high torque at low revs, has relatively low…

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Video: All you need to know to pass your B+E trailer test

So you’ve been driving since you could reach the pedals, passed your tractor test at 16, car test at 17 and can reverse 40ft trailers around the yard for fun.…

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Machinery Milestones: Land Rover celebrates 70 years

This spring’s blizzards, sub-zero temperatures and flooding delayed sowing for a month and meant animals were kept under cover instead of grazing on the fields. But as we moan about…

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Pickup buyer's guide 2018-19

New models and additional variants have extended the choice of pickup trucks for farm and leisure use, as you can see in our full Pickup buyers guide (PDF). The Mercedes-Benz…

TRAILERS

10 tips to keep your Ifor Williams trailer road legal

The humble Ifor Williams trailer is a mainstay of livestock farms up and down the country, but its tough-as-nails galvanised body can often fool owners into thinking that everything is…

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Bowler Motorsport powers up Land Rover Defender

If you’ve got a Land Rover Defender, but find it wanting in the power and handling department, you could take it for a pepping-up session at Bowler Motorsport. Bowler Motorsport…

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Electric and hybrid 4x4 vehicles explained

Barely a day goes by without another headline announcing the demise of the internal combustion engine. While many of those predictions are misleading or simply wrong, there is a definite…

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Video: MINI Countryman review

MINI has forged a reputation for nippy city cars over the years, but how would its first stab at a 4wd version fare? Oliver Mark took it for a spin. …

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Video: Three-way farm pickup showdown

The past year saw a clutch of new models enter the ever-growing 4×4 pickup market. However, not all is as it seems, as due to the popularity of these trucks,…

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Video: Land Rover Discovery v Ford Ranger

Farm pickups are more comfortable, powerful and spacious than ever before, so could they be about to knock the king – the Land Rover Discovery – off its throne? Watch…

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Video: Tesla launches radical Cybertruck electric pickup

Electric car company Tesla has launched a Back to The Future inspired Cybertruck pickup with a design that has torn up the conventional pickup rule book. Hawthorne, California, was the…