Best Bakkie 2022 Winner: Mahindra Pik Up Karoo

Meet Best Bakkie 2022. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Especially considering our question up front, ten days ago: What’s a Bakkie? Simply put, the Mahindra Pik Up Karoo is a bakkie. Nothing more, nothing less…

So, what is a bakkie?

If anything, it’s a poser that made us look at the Best Bakkie finalists in a slightly different way this year. We delved beyond the veneer. Past the marketing bumf, the posturing. And the autopilots. We wanted Best Bakkie 2022 to send an urgent message to the bakkie makers: You actually build bakkies!

To be honest, the only reason the BT-50 is not here, is because Mazda fails to even acknowledge that it’s a bakkie! On the other foot, the GWM may be a technological marvel, but it also goes way beyond what almost anyone expects from a bakkie. And ignores the most vital of bakkie statistics.

So yes, picking the Mahinda may come as a shock. We asked ourselves what is a bakkie? A bakkie is mos a bakkie after all and the Pik Up is a shining example of what a bakkie should be. And is. Looked at like that, there’s no denying that this vehicle best defines what it represents among all seven finalists. Still surprised?

Pik Up does what IT is supposed to do

The Mahindra Pik Up not only delivers brilliantly on what a bakkie is supposed to do – which is first and foremost work. But it does so in fine style. And then it matches most of the gadgets, gizmos and goodies the rest offer too. At half the price. Beat that!

So yes, laugh if you want to. But this Indian fools nobody. It is first and foremost a bakkie. And that after all, is what this is all about…

Michele Lupini & the Auto team

Best Bakkie 2022 Index
Ford Ranger 2.0bT DC 4x4 Stormtrak
GWM P Series 2.0TD DC LT 4x4
Mahindra Pik Up 2.2 CRDe DC 4x4
Mazda BT-50 1.9TD DC Active A
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D DC 4x4
Nissan Navara 2.5DDTi DC PRO-2X
Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 DC 4x4 Legend RS A 
Best Bakkie 2022 Top 3             
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