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See the best tests and reviews of 4x4s and farm pickups for farmers. You can also read farmer reviews of their own pickups, buyers’ guides, second-hand, spare parts and retro fit advice, news on the latest four-wheel drive launches and watch video of the vehicles in action.

Advice and tips

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How to patch up farm pickups with second-hand spare parts

Farm pickups are subject to a notoriously rough and loveless life, but patching them up with second-hand spares can push them a few years beyond their sell-by date without costing…

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Converting 4x4s to red diesel – how to stay road legal

Land Rovers and pickups are an indispensable part of all farm businesses and if you’re using them for specific tasks then it might pay to convert them to full agricultural…

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Pickup buyers guide 2017

Ask your granddad about the farm vehicle he had as a youngster and you can almost guarantee it was a Land Rover Defender of some form. They were the staple,…

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14 top retrofit kit options for farm pickups

If you have just splashed out on a new pickup truck you could soon find yourself sifting through the endless lists of accessories to get it just the way you…

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Archive

Latest Jeep 4x4 battles BMW

There's oodles of choice on the 4x4 market for deep-pocketed buyers. Oliver Mark compares two big-boned candidates that should make most shortlists. Battle-hardened Jeep has an off-road heritage harking back…

Mitsubishi Outlander on test

Head out on any British motorway or A-road and you're bound to see plenty of Outlanders. Some of them will be in Mitsubishi livery while others are rebadged as Citroen…

VIDEO: Pickup test – nippy and flashy

The European full-size pickup market has been very stable for years, with five companies (Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota) accounting for the bulk of sales. So it must have come…

Fiat tries to woo women with £13,495 Sedici

Sedici means 16 in Italian. And what does 4x4 equal? Yes, 16. So, welcome to Fiat's latest off-roader. Aimed mainly at urban mums who fancy a 4x4 without the cost…

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Case studies

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High-hour Horsepower: Land Rover Discovery on 540,000 miles

After featuring a succession of high-mileage Japanese 4x4s, we’ve been presented with a slightly surprising new chart topper – a 1990s Land Rover Discovery. To anyone who’s owned one of…

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High-hour Horsepower: Toyota Land Cruiser hits 484,000 miles

Our quest to find the highest-mileage 4x4 on the road has unearthed an Irish Toyota Land Cruiser on a weighty 484,000 miles. James Andrews finds out what sort of shape…

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Custom-built Zuki Ute is warmer ATV alternative

Farm buggies are great in many ways, but their weighty price tags, basic rattly cabins and potentially high maintenance costs mean they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. Sifting through Farmers Weekly’s…

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Irish Toyota Land Cruiser clocks up 400,000 miles

Most company cars will have been hauled through the auction lot by the time they hit the 100,000-mile mark. But one County Dublin fleet vehicle is still going strong with…

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Insights

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Machinery Milestones: Land Rover celebrates 70 years

This spring’s blizzards, sub-zero temperatures and flooding delayed sowing for a month and meant animals were kept under cover instead of grazing on the fields. But as we moan about…

A nostalgic drive in the retiring Land Rover Defender

Rival 4x4s have come and gone, but until now the Land Rover has been the only choice for thousands of farmers up and down the country. As the sun sets…

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News

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Mercedes adds V6 option to X-Class pickup

After plenty of hints and whispers, Mercedes has finally lumped a V6 engine into its new X350d pickup trucks. See also: Pickup test: VW Amarok V6 Previously the only six-pot…

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New Suzuki Jimny looks bulkier and brighter

Since the first-generation Suzuki Jimny went on sale in 1970, the lightweight off-roader has made its way into 194 countries and a total of 2.85 million units have been sold…

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Derbyshire firm builds 450hp USA muscle pickup lookalike

Fans of Ford’s 450hp Raptor will no doubt be disappointed that this all-American bruiser of a pickup will never go on sale this side of the Atlantic. But thanks to…

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Mitsubishi unveils special edition L200 Barbarian pickup

Mitsubishi has unveiled a garish special edition of its L200 pickup that will be produced by its Special Vehicle Projects (SVP) division. Only 250 of the special edition Barbarian SVP…

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Test and reviews

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New Ssangyong Musso targets top pickup makers

The UK is now Ssangyong’s second-biggest export market and the budget brand remains intent on peppering our roads with its motors. A recent reshuffle at the top of the company…

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On test: Korean 4x4s - Ssangyong Rexton Ultimate

Farmers Weekly is putting three £40,000 4x4s all hailing from South Korea to the test. This time it's the  Ssangyong Rexton, which stands out as a rugged all-rounder with a few…

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On test: Korean 4x4s - Kia Sorento KX-3 Eco Auto

Farmers Weekly are putting three £40,000 4x4s all hailing from South Korea to the test, this time the Kia Sorento. Like Hyundai, Kia keeps things simple with a single engine option,…

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On test: Korean 4x4s - Hyundai Santa Fe

Farmers Weekly are putting three £40,000 4x4s all hailing from South Korea to the test.  Our trio of top-speccers includes the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Ssangyong Rexton. Here is…

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Video

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Video: Land Rover Discovery v Ford Ranger

Farm pickups are more comfortable, powerful and spacious than ever before, so could they be about to knock the king – the Land Rover Discovery – off its throne? Watch…

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Video: MINI Countryman review

MINI has forged a reputation for nippy city cars over the years, but how would its first stab at a 4wd version fare? Oliver Mark took it for a spin. …

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Video: Isuzu D-Max review

  More comfort in the front and more space in the back will appeal to farmers with a lot of lugging to do. A more car-like ride is good news,…

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Video: Suzuki Jimny keeps it simple

A banging headache, sore back, achy legs, ringing ears. No, it wasn't the by-product of my annual stint cleaning the farm grainstore - it was the result of a nine-hour…

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