South Africans love a bakkie – and why not us, it’s the perfect vehicle for our roads and terrains. The Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are among the best-selling passenger vehicles in the country, month after month, year after year. And while they serve their utilitarian purpose, they’ve been looking pretty good lately, with the interiors of high-end models rivaling luxury vehicles on the market.
The last Absa’s Vehicle and Asset Finance Consumer Insights The report shows that the sweet spot for vehicle finance in the country is between R200,000 and R300,000. Those who spend more than R600,000 are among the small number – 7%.
And increasingly, the budget required for a double cabin bakkie in South Africa has increased amid increased demand and improved build quality and technology. Mercedes-Benz presented the country with the first million rand bakkie, which has since halted production globally. It has become a collector’s item, and possibly a future classic.
More recently, Jeep launched its Gladiator pickup in South Africa in June at a price of R1,259,900, making it the most expensive ‘bakkie’ in the country, but not without rivals at that price.
BusinessTech has looked at the most expensive deals from South Africa’s most popular bakkies:
Note: Other common brands such as Mazda, Mitsubishi and Nissan even with all accessories added do not reach the price above R900,000.
- Engine: Ford 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel
- Power: 157kW
- Torque: 500Nm
- Fuel consumption: 8.3l/100km
- Engine: 3.0 VW Turbocharged Diesel
- Power: 190kW
- Torque: 580Nm
- Fuel consumption: 9.5l/100km
- Engine: 3.6L Pentastar V6
- Power: 209kW
- Torque: 347Nm
- Fuel consumption: 12.6l/100km
- Engine: 2.8 turbodiesel
- Power: 150kW
- Torque: 500Nm
- Fuel consumption: 8.0l.100km
- Engine: 4.5 Turbo Diesel V8
- Power: 151kW
- Torque: 430Nm
- Fuel consumption: 11.5l/100km