So you want a 4x4 bakkie?
Among more than a dozen bakkie brands on sale in SA, only four have power to sell really well
SOUTH Africans bought over 7 800 bakkies in December, many of them the top of the range double cab 4x4 models, and while there is no logic behind bakkies in suburbia, I totally get why. It is all about escape. Sure, a panel van is always better for lugging loads and an SUV always more comfortable for the whole family, but these fine vehicles are limited by their roofline.
On the back of a double cab, the sky is the limit and it does not matter how many bags the teenagers insist on taking with them, there is always space to lash on some more luggage.
Of those 7 800 sales, Toyota and Ford are the two most popular bakkies in South Africa right now. Toyota dealers sold 3 074 bakkies, followed by Ford at 2 665. Far down in third place were Isuzu, with 912 KB models sold, followed in fourth place by the Nissan NP300 Hardbody, with 717 units moved off the showroom floor and in sixth place, the VW Amarok, with 308 models sold.
Follow the arrows to find your ideal suburban escape or even work vehicle from SA’s four bestselling 4x4 doublecab brands.
With 320 Nm, the Isuzu KB is not the strongest of SA’s top three-best selling bakkies, but as anyone who ever got stuck in mud knows, this is still too much power in the wet. At
Wheels we contend the only reason why the KB is SA’s third-top selling bakkie is fashion. And that is just how farmers in the know like it. For fewer sales also means dealers try harder with startling discounts on that eyewatering high price as well as good trade-ins, the queues are always shorter when it comes to the 15 000 km services and best of all, the car part theft syndicates see no percentage in your Isuzu. R662 000 (100 kW/320 Nm) Warranty: five years or 120 000 km. Service plan: five years or 100 000 km. 3
Wheels recommends the 2.2 automatic Ranger as the Ford bakkie to buy. It does not generate gearbox issues like the 470 Nm from the 3,2-litre, sips fuel, needs servicing every 20 000 km, and car part theft syndicates are not putting out orders for it — yet. R405 000 (118 kW/385 Nm) Warranty:: four years or 120 000 km Serviice pllan:: fiive years of 100 000 km 2
The Toyota Hilux and Paris Hilton have this in common, both are famous for being famous. But the Hilux won’t blow a seal in the Richtersveld and its 2,4 diesel makes more than enough power at 400 Nm to get you there and back. Fleet owners like the high resale values of the Hilux the most, but the insurance rates… not so much. R468 000 (110kW/400Nm) Warranty:: three years or 100 000 km.. Serviice pllan:: fiive years or 90 000 km 1
The Nissan NP300 Hardbody is getting long in the tooth and the new Navara is sure to take sales from this reliable bakkie. What helped to sell over 700 units in December is its excellent six-year warranty and a range of optional service plans at fair prices on top of its recommended price tag. Its age means the Hardbody is languishing a bit in SA, but there is good reason why both MercedesBenz and Renault is using the Nissan’s NP300 Navara bakkie to underpin “their” bakkies. These reasons form the DNA of the NP300, and only Isuzu dealers compete with Nissan dealers when it comes to trade-ins and discounts. R389 000 (105 kW/205 Nm) Warranty:: siix years or 150 000 km.. Serviice pllan:: optiionall.. 4
This was the result three times in a row during an informal drag race, with the 2,2 Ranger automatic, winning three love, loaded with canopy and towbar to match the weight of Isuzu 3-litre 4x4.