Double-cab pickup trucks might offer interior space to make them a family-friendly alternative to an SUV, but that’s often at the expense of a load bed that’s not the longest.
Sometimes, despite the presence of a set of rear seats, you’ll still want to haul a hefty load, so here are the double-cab pickup trucks with the longest load beds in the UK.
The SsangYong Musso has the shortest load box in the country, measuring just 1,300mm from cab to tailgate, but there is a long-wheelbase version that improves on that. The Isuzu D-Max, nearing the end of its life in its current guise, can provide just 1,485mm of load length. The new Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 squeezes in a little more, with 1,520mm available. Placing sixth is the Toyota Hilux, with its extra 5mm taking the total load bay length to 1,525mm.
5: Volkswagen Amarok – 1,555mm
As well as being in the top five for longest load lengths, the Volkswagen Amarok also has a wide load bed measuring up to 1,620mm. Despite being available only with a heavy V6 engine, the payload is also impressive at up to 1,147kg. The only fly in the ointment is a limited towing capacity of just 3.1 tonnes,
4: Nissan Navara – 1,585mm
Once the leader on load beds, the Nissan Navara has slipped back, but only because newer rivals are stretching things slightly. The Navara is as capable as ever with a 1,585mm long load bed that’s up to 1,560mm wide. It’s capable of carrying a payload of up to 1,180kg and towing 3.5 tonnes, making it a strong all-rounder.
3: Mercedes-Benz X-Class – 1,587mm
Borrowing heavily from the Nissan Navara, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class takes all the good bits and then adds 2mm to the load bed just for bragging rights. It’s the same 1,560mm wide, but some extra weight means the maximum payload is limited to 1,140kg. Towing 3,5 tonnes is no issue, though.
2: Ssangyong Musso LWB – 1,610mm
The load bed on the standard SsangYong Musso is woefully short, but the new long-wheelbase version adds plenty of extra practicality. At 1,610mm long, it’s almost the very best on the market, while the maximum width of 1,570mm isn’t to be sniffed at either. A payload limit of 1,140kg is par for the sector, but it does achieve the maximum 3.5-tonne towing weight.
1: Ford Ranger – 1,613mm
As the UK’s best-selling pickup truck, you’d expect the Ford Ranger to be doing something right, and it certainly is. At 1,613mm, it’s got the longest load bed of any truck on sale in the UK, but beware; both the popular Wildtrak and Raptor models lose some space and are limited to 1,575mm, while the latter has severely limited payload and towing capabilities. The box’s width measures 1,560mm, and it can carry up to 1,140kg of payload. As with all of the top five, with the exception of the Amarok, it’ll also two a full 3.5 tonnes.