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Hilux vs Ranger vs KB; which will it be?

There are few things more iconic in South African culture than a good, strong, workhorse bakkie. Known as a pick-up abroad, the bakkie is as much a part of our lives as biltong, boerewors, braaivleis and phutu-pap.

We South Africans also love family vehicles, which is why the double cab bakkie is such a popular choice on our roads. But if the double cab bakkie is a favourite South African vehicle, which model is the favourite favourite? With the sound knowledge from the guys at Imperial Auto, we had a look around at what is on offer, and came back with the Toyota Hilux, the Isuzu KB Double Cab and the Ford Ranger Double Cab at the top of the list.

Here’s why…

Toyota Hilux 2.7 VVT-I Raised Body DC Legend 45

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The Toyota Hilux 2.7 VVT-I Raised Body DC Legend 45 lives up to the long-established Hilux reputation for being as tough as nails, solid as a rock, hard-working and adventure-loving – and it does all of this while looking super-slick and sexy.
The vehicle is fitted standard with a stainless steel nudge bar with Legend 45 branding, and other cosmetic features include grey alloy wheels, a rear step-bumper with a towbar, combination leather seats with a matching steering wheel and colour-coded door handles.

4×4 models in the range deliver high capacity part-time four wheel drive, with Artificial Intelligence SHIFT Control on 4.0 litre AT models automatically adapting the shifting pattern according to road condition and driver intent.
Fitted with all the safety and security features that you would expect from a high-performance service vehicle, the Hilux Legend 45 comes with a three year/100,000km warranty and a five year/90,000km service plan.

Engine specs: 2.5l engine
Power: 118 kW @ 5,200 RPM
Torque: 241 NM @ 3,800 RPM
Fuel economy: 10.8 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 257 g/km
RRP: From R385,000

Isuzu KB Double Cab

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Isuzu has built a decades-long heritage of innovation, toughness, reliability, functionality and overall appeal, and its current double cab model, the Isuzu KB Double Cab, is the culmination of over four million kilometres of driving tests around the world, in conditions varying from Kalahari heat to North Pole snow.

The Isuzu KB Double Cab is a great choice whether you’re a city slicker or a bundu basher – or both – and offers towing capability of up to 3,500kg and a payload of up to 1142kg. This is in addition to its spacious, low-noise luxurious interior, and its bold-styled appealing exterior.

Five-speed automatic transmission engines are available in the LX models, and have a driver-select sequential shift for driving pleasure and operational flexibility. This contributes to its outstanding fuel economy too.
Rear park assist, ABS that supports electronic brakeforce distribution and up to six airbags show that safety is a priority in this vehicle, while its fuel-sipping engine offers best in class consumption at 7.7 litres per 100km.

Engine specs: 3.0l automatic
Power: 85kW @ 3,600 RPM
Torque: 280 NM @ 1,800 to 2,200
Fuel economy: 7.7 l/100km
CO2 emissions: from 203g/km
RRP: From R395,000

Ford Ranger Double Cab

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Available in nine models, the Ford Ranger Double Cab is tough and robust, allowing you to go where other vehicles can’t take you. Designed around the driver, the Ford Ranger comes with the latest entertainment and connectivity technology, while offering the workhorse power of 3,500 towing capability and the ability to ford water as deep as 800mm.

Designed to exceed expectations, the Ford Ranger meets your urban expectations, with a glove box large enough to hold your laptop computer, a cooled centre console, and under-seat stowage on selected models.

Safety features include ESP with seven different control systems, including traction control, trailer-sway assist, hill-launch assist and rollover mitigation, while all models have DIN-compliant load boxes, making your cargo just as safe as the passengers inside.

Optional extras that add to the vehicle’s appeal include running boards, heavy duty canvas seat covers, a second battery and tough steel bull bar, which incorporates mountings designed specifically for driving lights, antennas and flags.

Engine specs: 2.2 TDCi Manual, 2.5i Manual, 3.2 TDCi Manual or Auto
Power: 122kW @ 5,500 RPM (2.5i Manual)
Torque: 226 NM @ 4,500 RPM(2.5i Manual)
Fuel economy: 11.3 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 269g/km
RRP: From R454,900

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.