Auto readers have chosen their favourite double cab from our Bakkie Week finalists

Auto ran a poll to gauge which of the seven double cabs featured in our Bakkie Week was our readers’ favourite, over the past week. The process commenced with one of our favourite bakkie tests being published each day. And then we asked you to vote for your favourite, with the poll open for a week.

This was the list:

Ford Ranger Raptor

Ford Ranger Raptor
157 kW 500 Nm. 750 kg load, 2500 kg trailer.
9.69 sec 0-100, 8.3 l/100 km. R875K 

Isuzu X Rider 300

Isuzu D-Max 300 double cab X-Rider Auto
130 kW 380 Nm. 1025 kg load, 3500 kg trailer.
10.53 sec 0-100, 7.5 l/100km. R551K

Mahindra Pik Up S11 AT 4×2
103 kW 320 Nm .1093 kg load ,2500 kg trailer.
12.25 sec 0-100, 7.9 l/100km. R414K  

Mercedes-Benz X350d

Mercedes-Benz X350d 4Matic Power
190 kW 550 Nm, 1066 kg load, 3500 kg trailer.
7.89 sec 0-100, 9.0 l/100 km. R985K

Mitsubishi Triton

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D DC 4×4 auto
133 kW 430 Nm. 898 kg. load 3100 kg trailer.
9.47 sec 0-100, 8.3 l/100km. R629K

Nissan Navara 4x2

Nissan Navara 2.3d DC LE 4×2 Automatic
140 kW 450 Nm. 1035 kg load, 3500 kg trailer.
10.28 sec 0-100, 6.8l/100km. R636K  

Bakkie Hilux

Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 DC 4×4 Legend RS
150kW 500Nm. 750 kg load,  3500 kg trailer.
9.88 sec 0-100, 7.9 l/100km. R819K

Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI Canyon 4Motion
165 kW 550 Nm. 867 kg load, 3300 kg trailer.
7.66 sec 0-100, 9.0 l/100km. R996K  

Response was brisk and encouraging and a trend emerged immediately, as the Best Bakkies soon established themselves at the top of the list. There was no stopping the favourite however, as the new 150 kW Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD6 4×4 DC Legend stormed to victory with 36.09% of the vote. The Ford Ranger Raptor also enjoyed a popular vote as it picked up 21.84%, with the Mitsubishi Triton third on 16.54%.


The rest picked up under 7.5% of the vote, making the top three the clear favourites. There’s little doubt that the South African bakkie buyer remains a pragmatic person who puts function before form. Two of the top three vehicles are more basic in their approach with more middle of the road solutions in bigger bore engines and conventional six-speed auto boxes. The winner also reflects market trends and why everyhing still keeps going right for Toyota

It is also clear that excitement is relaively important in second place, with Ford’s flagship Ranger Raptor casuing more than just a ripple in that bakkie pond. Amd Mitsubishi’s Triton performance has clearly made a mark with bakkie fans too.


So there you have it — the Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD6 4×4 DC Legend is Auto’s Best Bakkie 2021.

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