Pickups have been on the market for a very long time, but their customer profile has changed considerably. Once used as workhorses, they are now in many cases dual-purpose vehicles, used for towing or carrying heavy loads while also doubling as family cars.

One reason for this is that they have become a great deal more refined. In the 1990s most pickups were very basic, and had a nasty habit of skipping sideways if you tried to accelerate quickly away from a T-junction.

If that’s your own experience of pickups, try a new one. You’ll be surprised and impressed. The higher-end versions are well-equipped and have far better road manners. They’re not quite like cars yet, but they’re closer than they used to be.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 27,050 pickups were registered in the UK from the start of January to the end of July. That’s well under the half the figure for the Ford Fiesta, but it also represents an 18.2% improvement over the same period in 2016.

Here we take a look at the UK’s five most popular pickups, others you might like to consider, a very special model sadly no longer on sale and a newcomer to the ranks.

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