BANG FOR BUCK
BAKKIES excel in carrying tall loads, like a consignment of wooden giraffes. Business owners often worry about resale value and servicing costs, but to determine which bakkie would best suit the Wooden Giraffe Carving Co-op’s delivery needs, only one sum needs to be done — to establish the most torque for the least rands.
At R541/Nm, this bang for buck award currently goes with a nose to the Tata Xenon Fleetline. This entry-level, single cab Xenon sells for R162 495, and makes 85 kW and a respectable 300 Nm.
The Bolero (R567/Nm) is a whisker behind it on the spreadsheet, but that is just on paper. In the real world, dealers give good discounts on the Mahindra workhorse’s R134 995 price, especially as this ageing bakkie from India makes a relatively low 74 kW and 238 Nm.
R701/Nm Mahindra Scorpio Pick-up 2,5 (74 kW/258 Nm) R725/Nm Foton Thunda 2,2 V (76 kW/193 Nm) R744/Nm JMC Boarding 2,8TD (84 kW/235 Nm)
Selling a lot of bang for buck, Tata Xenon 2,2 single cab, seen here in a role normally reserved for the Hilux in Africa.