Access to our test vehicle's loading area was by means of a sliding nearside door that opened to reveal a step and a grab handle, or through twin rear doors that could be opened to 90°. They could be swung through a full 180° once the stays were released. All you needed to do to unfasten each of them was push a button.
The rear bumper incorporated a step.
A grab handle on one of the rear door pillars – preferably on both of them – would have been welcome. Rear-wheel drive means that the rear loading height is higher than it is on front-wheel drive models, so you sometimes need something to help you haul yourself aboard.
A full-height bulkhead separated the cab from the cargo area, and 10 load lashing points were fitted. Plastic mouldings protected the load bay’s sides, doors and wheel boxes from minor damage, and the cargo bed was protected by a tailored cover.