Towards the budget end of the ute market is pretty busy and the quality of these cheaper and cheerful workhorses is improving all the time.

The new Chinese-built LDV T60 Trailrider 2 has had a few minor styling changes, but the big news is the new smaller engine – at 2.0-litre – is smaller than before, but it’s producing more power and more torque than its predecessor, which was a 2.8-litre engine.

So, is the new Trailrider worth considering as your next new ute? Let’s take a look.

The five-seat dual-cab Trailrider 2 is available with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The manual variant is priced from $39,990 driveaway and $37,990 driveaway for ABN holders.

The auto variant, which we tested, is priced from $42,095 driveaway and $39,990 driveaway for ABN holders.

The auto’s standard features list includes a 10-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay (but no Android Auto), 19-inch black alloy wheels, selectable four-wheel drive, an on-demand rear diff lock, rear parking sensors, reversing camera and a 360-degree view camera.

The Trailrider does not have front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, or AEB.

It also gets a nudge bar, black alloys, side steps, roof rails, sports bar and ‘Trailrider’ branding on the tailgate.

The LDV T60 Trailrider 2 is a decent ute, especially for the price, even though it’d be an even better value proposition if it was a few grand cheaper.

It’s easy enough to spend time in, it’s comfortable enough on-road and it’s capable enough off-road.

It’s not the most refined ute in the mob, not by a long shot, though you usually have to spend more money for that.

But in the cheaper end of the dual-cab ute market, the Trailrider 2 is right up there.

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