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Toyota Hilux pickup - Practicality & boot space

The Toyota Hilux isn’t quite as capable at hauling loads or carrying cargo as some competitors, but it’s still mightily impressive

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3.7 out of 5

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3.0 out of 5

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Practicality & boot space Rating

3.2 out of 5

Utilitarian roots mean the Toyota Hilux doesn’t feel as sophisticated as an SUV, but it’s certainly practical.

Toyota Hilux interior space & storage

The Double Cab can easily accommodate four adults (or five at a pinch), while the Extra Cab’s two rear seats are small and best reserved for occasional use, but are handy nonetheless. Getting comfortable is easy thanks to supportive seats and a steering wheel that adjusts in and out, or up and down. Sitting upright may mean passengers can’t relax and slouch at the end of a long day, but it does ensure that legroom is decent.

Boot space

The Hilux doesn’t have a boot as such, but its load bay is vast. Going for the Double Cab version sees this shrink somewhat, but whichever specification you choose, the Hilux can carry at least 1,025kg, rising to 1,130kg with the Active Double Cab. This is slightly more than the Double Cab Nissan Navara can manage.

Towing

Recent revisions mean the Hilux now has a 3,500kg braked towing limit, putting it on par with the Nissan Navara and most versions of the new Volkswagen Amarok. Its towing capacity is more than enough for a double-axle caravan or a horsebox.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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