South Africa’s best-loved bakkies compared: price and power

Bakkie sales in South Africa continued to show resilience in what was a turbulent year in 2020, accounting for three of the top five top vehicle name plates sold overall, led by Toyota Hilux, with Ford Ranger in third,  and Isuzu D-Max fifth.

At 31,263 units, the Hilux sold nearly 12,000 more units than the VW Polo Vivo (19,750) in second place. Ford Ranger, with 18,846 units was third, and the VW Polo (16,335), was fourth, followed by the Isuzu D-Max, with 12,704 units sold over the course of the year.

And rivers can expect a number of new models in the country in 2021 including fresh looks from all three leading brands, while a new Mazda BT-50 is expected soon, as is a Nissan Navara facelift. Three totally new French-made nameplates are expected in South Africa in 2021: one from Peugeot, the LandTrek, and two from Renault, the Duster Oroch and Alaskan.

Citing data from Lightstone Auto, noted that the Toyota Hilux is leading the double-cab pack after the first month of 2021, with 1,290 units registered. The Ford Ranger is close behind in second place with 1,161 units. The Isuzu D-Max is third after January 2021, with 425 double-cab units sold.

Interestingly, the single-cab race is also led by the Hilux (907), which is some way ahead of the D-Max (438), Mahindra Pik Up (259) and Ranger (192).

BusinessTech highlights some of the more popular double cab bakkie brands for sale in the country, including the price for the entry level, and flagship model, while also highlighting their ability under the hood.

Toyota Hilux

Hilux Double Cab2.7 VVTi RB S 5MT

Hilux Double Cab 2.8 GD6 4X4 LEGEND RS AT

Ford Ranger

2.2 TDCi Double Cab Base 5MT 4×2 HR

Ford Thunder

2.0 Bi Turbo Double Cab Thunder 10AT 4×4

Ford Raptor

2.0 Bi Turbo Double Cab Ranger Raptor 10AT 4×4 HR

VW Amarok

Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 BiTDI 132 kW Auto Highline

Amarok Double Cab “Extreme” 3.0 TDI 190 kW 4MO

Isuzu D-MAX

D-MAX 250 HO Double Cab HI-RIDE Auto

D-MAX 250 HO Double Cab HI-RIDE Auto

Nissan Navara

Navara 2.3D SE 4X2 DC MT

  • Maximum Power (kW @ r/min) 140
  • Maximum Torque (Nm @ r/min) [email protected]
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 7.0
  • Starting Price: R532 600

Navara 2.3d Stealth 4×4 Auto Double Cab

  • Maximum Power (kW @ r/min) 140
  • Maximum Torque (Nm @ r/min) [email protected]
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 7.0
  • Starting Price: R721 400

Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 DI-DC M/T 4×2

Mitsubishi Triton  2.4 DI-DC A/T 4×4

Mazda BT50

BT50 DBL 2.2L 6MT 4X2 SLX

  • Maximum Power (kW @ r/min) 110 @ 3700
  • Maximum Torque (Nm @ r/min) 375 @ 1500-2500
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 7.6
  • Starting Price: R509 000

BT50 DBL 3.2L 6AT 4X4 SLE

  • Maximum Power (kW @ r/min) 147 @ 3000
  • Maximum Torque (Nm @ r/min) 470 @ 1750-2500
  • Fuel Consumption (l/100km) 9.7
  • Starting Price: R641 100


Mahindra-Karoo S6 DC 4X2

Mahindra-Karoo S11 DC 4X4

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South Africa’s best-loved bakkies compared: price and power