Top Five: Most Economical Pickup Trucks in the UK

Pickup trucks have become increasingly fuel-efficient over recent years, thanks to smaller engines and advancements in technology, but which is the most economical pickup truck in the UK?

With pickup trucks, on average, covering larger distances than passenger cars, many buyers are asking which pickup trucks are the most fuel-efficient.

We’ve gone through every pickup truck on sale to find the most, and least, economical models. To make it a fair test, each of the figures stated is for a double-cab, 4×4 model – you’ll find a single cab, 4×2 model, for example, will perform a little better.

Outside of the Top Five, it’s the ageing Volkswagen Amarok that comes off worst, with economy of just 34.9mpg from its 3.0-litre, 204hp, engine. Opt for the 258hp model, and things just get worse. The SsangYong Musso comes next, promising up to 35.8mpg, but you’ll use even more fuel by opting for the long-wheelbase model. Despite being revised recently, the Mitsubishi L200 just misses out on a Top Five position thanks to its economy figure of 37.2mpg.

5: Mercedes-Benz X-Class (up to 37.7mpg)

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class might share the same chassis and engine as the Nissan Navara, but the extra weight of the German-badged truck has a negative effect on fuel economy. Oddly, it’s the middle-of-the-range X250d that performs best, promising 37.7mpg. The X220d has to work harder, but is only marginally worse, while the V6-powered X350d trades fuel for performance, offering economy of just 31.4mpg.

4: Toyota Hilux (up to 40.4mpg)

The Toyota Hilux is the least powerful pickup on the market, with its 2.4-litre engine producing up just 150hp. That lack of power pays dividends when it comes to economy though, with the Hilux managing as much as 40.4mpg in testing. A revised model is coming, with a larger engine that promises to be more powerful but also more efficient.

Limited Edition Ford Ranger Stormtrak Blows In
3: Isuzu D-Max (up to 40.4mpg)

Like the Hilux, the Isuzu D-Max’s 1.9-litre engine isn’t particularly powerful. Like the Hilux, it also manages to return the same 40.4mpg, achieving Euro 6 emissions standards without the need for AdBlue. There’s a new model coming this year that retains the same engine, but will see the addition of selective catalyst reduction, which may improve economy if it means the lean NOx trap is no longer fitted.

2: Nissan Navara (up to 40.4mpg)

Another truck, and another return of 40.4mpg. We’ve placed the Nissan Navara ahead of the D-Max and Hilux as it’s the zestiest performer on the road, without giving much away in economy. The 2.3-litre engine might be getting on a bit now (it’s been in use since 2010) but it’s efficient, powerful and reliable, so don’t expect it to disappear any time soon.

1: Ford Ranger (up to 40.9mpg)

As well as being the Professional Pickup and 4×4 Truck of the Year, the venerable Ford Ranger is also the most economical pickup truck in the UK. Models powered by the 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine can manage as much as 40.9mpg, although the range drops as low as 29.7mpg for the 3.2-litre Wildtrak. The Ranger Raptor manages just 31.7mpg, but few will be looking at that as a fuel-saving vehicle. the only disappointment is that the automatic gearboxes drink more diesel, reducing fuel economy by almost 10%.

The most economical pickup truck in the UK - the Ford Ranger

All of these figures are provided using the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) test. This is a lab-based test that measures fuel economy and emissions, but it’s outdated and will be replaced by a new test, called WLTP, or Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. At the moment, there’s a crossover between the two systems but, from April 2021, every truck will have to provide the new, more accurate, WLTP figure. Of course, we’ll keep this list updated. All details correct at the time of publication.

Driven: SsangYong Musso LWB Review