Ford Ranger Raptor v Toyota HiLux Rugged X v Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate TDI580 comparison

Three different ways to spend a small fortune for a head-turning ute

Australians have always been fond of turning utes into status symbols – once of the two-doored, V8 variety. The market is quite different today, but the fundamental desires for head-turning load-luggers remain.

Enter the trio of desirable workhorses you see here: the Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota HiLux Rugged Xand Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate TDI580.

The Ranger Raptor, easily the most hyped car of 2018 before its launch, is designed for high-speed off-road work and fitted with bucket seats, bash plates, massive all-terrain tyres and Fox Racing shocks to master the task. It’s a performance car, of a different type.

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