Bakkies have long been a staple in the South African automotive market thanks to their ability to handle the demanding terrain that South Africa has to offer. The craze for these cars is also reflected in the high sales of models such as the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.
According to the National Automobile Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Naamsa), Toyota continued its reign as the top manufacturer in local car sales in September 2022, largely thanks to its flagship Hilux bakkie, which represented 2,842 units of the total sold.
Also, while Ford SA has discontinued its hatchback and sedan models in South Africa after 28 years, its bakkie (Ford Ranger) is still around – 1,604 units sold in September 2022 – a testament to South Africans’ love for their biscuits .
Despite the popularity of these models, buying a double cab can be a very expensive exercise for many South Africans, with the aforementioned favorites – the Hilux and Ranger double cab variants – starting at almost R500,000.
With that in mind, here are five of the cheapest double cabs you can buy in South Africa right now.
GWM Steed 5 2.2MPi Dual Cab – R242,900
The cheapest double cab in this segment is the GWM Steed 5, which is powered by a 2.2-litre petrol engine that delivers 73kW of power and 180Nm of torque.
This rear-wheel drive vehicle has a five-speed manual gearbox and delivers a combined fuel consumption of 9.8L/100km. It also has a towing capacity of 1700kg and the rear can hold up to 1005kg.
Inside, the Steed features power front windows, cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning and a USB radio.
Mahindra Bolero 2.5TD Dual Cab – Rs 265,999
The Mahindra Bolero is powered by a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine with a capacity of 74 kW and 235 Nm.
Like the Steed, the Bolero has rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission, delivering an average fuel consumption of 9.5L/100km. The Mahindra also has a towing capacity of 1,100 kg, while the rear box can carry a maximum of 750 kg.
The interior features fabric seats and a manual air conditioning system.
JAC T6 2.0VVT double cabin Lux — 344,900 rubles
The JAC T6 has a 2.0-litre petrol engine that is capable of producing 108kW and 190Nm.
While it has a maximum payload of 820kg, it boasts a maximum braked towing capacity of 2000kg.
This car also has rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual gearbox, with a combined fuel consumption of 8.6L/100km.
Unlike the previous cars, the JAC offers faux leather upholstery along with a multifunction steering wheel, power windows, cruise control, manual air conditioning and a Bluetooth audio system with four speakers.
Mahindra Pik Up 2.2CRDe S6 Double Cab – Rs 378,999
The second Mahindra on the list, the Pik Up, is powered by a 2.2-litre turbodiesel that generates 103kW and 320Nm.
The Pik Up also boasts the best fuel consumption of the five budget dual cabs on this list at 7.9L/100km.
This Mahindra bakkie has a six-speed manual transmission that can tow up to 2,500 kg, while the cargo body carries another 1,095 kg.
It also comes with manual air conditioning, power windows, front and rear charging stations, cruise control, cloth upholstery and a four-speaker sound system.
GWM P-Series 2.0TD Double Cab SX — R435 950
The GWM P series is the most powerful of the five variants, offering a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 120kW and 400Nm.
Large power levels provide a towing capacity of 2,250 kg and a payload of 650 kg.
The GWM IS also has rear-wheel drive, and power is sent through a six-speed manual gearbox.
Although the P-series is the most expensive variant, the value is seen in its desirable features such as power windows, daytime running lights, multi-function steering wheel, manual air conditioning, digital instrument panel, cruise control, traction control, hill-climb start and descent assist from Mt., rear parking sensors and a Bluetooth sound system with four speakers.
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