DCOTY 2013: Best Ute

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In an award proudly titled Car of the the inclusion of a utility category be seen as, if not an aberration, certainly a to the main events of the other

And yet in some ways this small battle represents the of the Australian market as it stands traditional Australian car-based #8211; arguably icons of a form of local culture are on the nose with buyers. light trucks, on the other are selling just as fast as manufacturers can ship them the country.

So it#8217;s somewhat that here we have the new VF Commodore Ute in almost top-spec guise duking it out against the criteria with last winner, the Thai-built Mazda XTR 4×4.

Apart from the both have trays on the the two could hardly be more two doors versus four; seats versus two; V8 against a diesel five-cylinder; against all four. Which one the award?

In the end it was a close call, but the Mazda out on top again. That#8217;s no mean given the plethora of similar out there, but the BT-50 (largely by Ford#160;Australia, incidentally, alongside its car, the Ranger) has consistently to be cream of the crop, and in this got the better of the Holden.

Which in ways was strange, because wasn#8217;t a judge who didn#8217;t the SS-V to drive. Not surprising given it is based on the VF Commodore fairly heavily modified bodywork but retaining the stonking 270kW V8 engine, six-speed transmission and all the straight-line performance comes with it.

Being car-based, it is low to the ground and the dynamic disciplines with fast on the straights, stable the corners and with the added of being adjustable on the throttle so if the wanted to push the tail the SS-V responded. In other tons of fun.

At $42,490 cheaper than the VE version it and good bang-for-buck by any standard two seats are okay. Equipment are high, road manners are better than average it comes to ride, noise and driving position, and the 1.8-metre might not carry a huge of weight (less than but there#8217;s a lot of space back and for most the payload is more adequate.

In contrast, the tall and heavy is not at home on the race-track being ponderous, with alarming roll, panicky stability that tries to save the day either front or rear slide wide on baggy and it sounds like a tractor.

On the it has a jiggly ride, the engine doesn#8217;t improve, the driver#8217;s is uncomfortably close to the floor prolonged pedal use tiresome and it feels exactly like it is: a truck. In XLT 4×4 automatic it#8217;s an expensive $50,890 at that.

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But. For those less in refinement or driving ability and concerned with actual it#8217;s easy to see where the pulls away. That seat can#8217;t be ignored, this can also be a family and a fairly spacious one at that.

The tray might be about shorter than a Commodore or but at 1550mm long, is still for recreational or trade equipment.

Two other tricks in the BT-50#8217;s bag are towing capacity #8211; a 3500kg #8211; and the fact with all that ground low range gears and four drive, it is a true off roader.

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