What is the Best 4x4 Bakkie in South Africa?

South Africans are avid outdoor adventurers; we hold our beer, biltong and bakkies in high regard. Whilst selecting the former requires far less commitment, 4x4s are a lifestyle investment, that’s why we are examining the best 4x4 double cab bakkies in South Africa.

Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger Double cab
Having won top engine and van in 2012 and the international pickup award 2013, the Ford Ranger double cab and super cab boast all of the creature comforts one might want, without neglecting the most basic requirements of a 4x4 bakkie. The South African public have now succumbed to the Ford Ranger simply because it out performs all the other 4x4 double cabs in its class and still has awesome features such as auto-headlights, rain sensing wipers, heated seats, and so much more.

Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux
With a broad and comprehensive range one can easily get lost in the sheer variety of choices. It does however come standard with side airbags, and vehicle stability control, so you can’t go wrong. The Hilux is a workhorse with a solid construction and a reputation for reliability. It’s easy to see why Toyota dominates the South African bakkie market.

Isuzu KB

Isuzu double cab
The Isuzu is a winner when it comes to its incredible fuel efficiency, low CO2 emissions and massive towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes. The Isuzu is arguably the underdog which has established itself as the bakkie made with the off road fan-boy in-mind. Isuzu have focused on making this vehicle affordable in its most basic form and luxurious if you can afford a few extra features here and there.

VW Amarok

VW Amarok
The Amarok is the new puppy who has stolen the limelight when it comes to sleek styling and modest air of ‘look at me’. The awe-inspiring 8 speed gear box is the only one of its kind on the South African market, it is undoubtedly the Amarok’s best feature. The entry level model is rather basic and the extras don’t come cheaply, so you may as well go the whole hog and buy the top of the range Double Cab, 2.0 BiTDI 132kW with Highline 4Motion®. That said the Amarok is a solid vehicle which is a big hit as VW’s first and only 4x4 bakkie.


Mitsubishi Triton

Mitsubishi has refused to roll over and play dead. The Triton caters for everyday driving with a variety of driving modes from fuel efficient to 4 wheel drive options. Thanks to patented RISE body construction the Mitsubishi Triton is as solid as a 4x4 bakkie needs to be. Its best feature is however the rear differential lock, who doesn’t need that?

Nissan Navara

Nissan Navara
Hardly the runt of the litter, this bakkie boasts the luxury of an SUV with V6 power and 6 speed manual transmission. The Nissan Navara was the best bakkie of 2010 and still holds up against its peers. We wait with baited breath for Nissans next offering.

Mazda BT 50

Mazda BT50 drifter
As a near clone of the Ford Ranger, the Mazda has a lot going for it with a powerful and robust engine and an SUV-like interior. The look of the Mazda however remains a debatable topic. The suspension is said to be firm but sometimes bumpy. I suppose you can’t have everything, right?

The best 4x4 double cab diesel bakkie comparison


Ford Ranger
Double Cab
3.2 Wildtrak 4x4 6AT Diesel
Toyota 3.0 D-4D 4x4 Raider Auto DC
KB 300 D-TEQ LX 4x4
VW Amarok Double Cab
2.0 BiTDI Auto
Nissan Navara
Double Cab 3.0dCi 4x4 AT
Mazda BT 50
3.2 MZ-CD SLE Diesel Double Cab 4x4
R522 700 R499 600 R483 500  R518 700
R643 600
 R453 900
6 speed automatic
4 speed automatic
6 speed manual
8 speed
7 speed automatic
3.2 manual
 Claimed Fuel Consumption
 9.3l/100km  9.7l/100km  7.9l/100km  8.3l/100km  9.5l/100km  9.4l/100km
 9.5s  12s  11s  10.9s  13s  12.5s
 Top Speed
 175  170  175  179  195  158
 Towing Capacity (Kg)
 3500  1590  3500  2800  3000  3350
 Ground Clearance (mm)
 237  227  220  244  230  237
*All the above mentioned models come standard with ABS, diff lock, driver and front passenger airbags and electric windows.
*Disclaimer: Excludes license, registration, documentation and delivery fees. Specifications are provided by Duoporta and are indicative only.
Ultimately one model does not fit all, but the South African public is spoilt for choice when it comes to 4x4 bakkies. Decide which is the best 4x4 `double cab bakkie in South Africa for you, locate your nearest Supergroup Dealership and book a test drive today.

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