The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

Then came:

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.

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