tradie finance adelaideTradie vehicles need to have plenty of power; space to carry tools and equipment is a must; and it has to be affordable both in terms of purchase price and running costs such as fuel and servicing.

The top-five tradie vehicle picks by CarsGuide certainly deliver on each of these factors, while “providing a new generation of comfortable and appealing workplaces for today’s tradie”.

Volkswagen Amarok

Key Features

  • Cabin build quality and refinement are much more impressive than its rivals – more like a car –its chassis and drivetrain are equally impressive both on and off the road.
  • An eight-speed automatic which is handy in both low-speed crawling, and tall upper gears. 
  • Quiet and economical.
  • The cabin is spacious and with a high standard finish. Great suppression of road, suspension, wind noise and vibration.


Ford Ranger

Key Features

  • Option of a powerful 470Nm turbo-diesel engine. 
  • One of the roomiest utes around, as well as being quiet and comfortable both on the road and in the bush.
  • Plenty of power for on or off-road, with a stout 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder and a 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five cylinder. 
  • Slick electric steering sets the Ranger apart, meaning it is unexpectedly light to steer at low speeds, but also connects well to the road at higher speeds.


Mazda BT-50

Key Features

  • Slightly cheaper pricing than the Ford Ranger.
  • Just as tough engine as the Ford Ranger, with a friendlier looking exterior.
  • Reliable hydraulic system. 
  • 2.2-litre four-cylinder and 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel engines. The five-cylinder is a powerhouse, but the five-cylinder is more economical on fuel. 
  • The 375Nm 2.2 comes in six-speed manual-only
  • 470Nm 3.2 is suited well to either the manual or six-speed auto.
  • If you’re often rushing between job sites, you’ll appreciate the firmer spring and damper settings, which slightly improves the handling.


Renault Trafic

Key Features

  • Similar to a car in terms of equipment, safety, driveability and cabin accommodation.
  • Easy to manoeuvre, rides quite comfortably.
  • An option of two 1.6-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines are available, a 66kW/260Nm single-turbo version (found in the dCi 90) and a 103kW/340Nm twin-turbo (in the dCi 140). 
  • A six-speed manual is the preference based on performance – especially the twin-turbo.
  • Official combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 6.2L/100km thanks to the tall sixth gear.
  • Idle-stop feature reducing consumption in city driving.
  • The SWB version hauls 5.2 cubic metres of stuff, with a payload of 1235kg, and the LWB can lug 6.0 cubic metres, with a 1274kg payload.
  • Safety equipment includes front and side curtain airbags, a rear parking sensor system, electronic stability control and hill-start assist. 


Ford Transit Custom

Key Features

  • User-friendliness and driveability of an SUV.
  • Option of either 290S short-wheelbase or 330L long-wheelbase forms
  • 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a six-speed manual gearbox – there’s no automatic option.
  • Clutch and gearshift are light and easy to operate, which makes keeping the van in this 2000rpm window quite easy – though you 
  • Engine uses 7.1L/100km according to official combined cycle figures.
  • Maximum payload is just over a tonne. 
  • Fairly light, accurate steering - the turning circle is a respectable 10.9m.
  • Impressive ergonomics, comfort and solid durability of the cabin.

If you’re needing to upgrade your work vehicle, or start your own business, get in contact with our team of experienced brokers today. We also offer equipment finance, so why not freshen up your tools as well!

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