2020 Ram 1500 Review


April 6, 2020

If you’ve read previous 2020 Ram 1500 reviews, you’ll know we’re fans of the full-size US pick-up in RHD guise. Not for everyone, sure, but for the right buyer they make a hell of a lot of sense. If you’re towing, live in rural areas, or simply need the room afforded by a US truck, there’s nothing that compares.

In fact, with the pricing as sharp as it is, the Ram starts to make more sense than ever, regardless of the model grade. Conventional dual-cabs are hardly ‘cheap’ anymore in comparison – take a look at pricing for the top specification grade across each manufacturer.

Until now, though, we’ve only tested the 5.7-litre petrol Hemi V8 – no bad thing given the power and torque it generates – but Aussie buyers undeniably love oilers under the bonnet of their dual-cabs, and as such, we’re now going to take a closer look at the 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie EcoDiesel.

Let’s just call it the 1500 diesel, though, shall we…

At the time of testing, the list price is $109,950 before on-road costs, which positions the diesel model exactly 10-grand more expensive than the Laramie with the petrol V8. It might be the first time we’ve been able to buy a 1500 diesel here, but the 3.0-litre V6 engine has been available in the States for more than five years and is a little more popular over there than you might expect – especially for business buyers.

It’s a familiar turbo diesel V6, too, the same as we’ve tested in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and sourced from VM Motori – one of the biggest specialist diesel engine builders in the world. The 3.0-litre engine is backed by an eight-speed automatic, and it churns out a smooth 179kW at 3600rpm and 569Nm at 2000rpm while using 11.9L/100km on the combined cycle.