Best Value Bakkie
Here in South Africa, we love our camping trips; we love our hikes with our four-legged friends, we love our children, and beach outings and nights under the stars. We love 4×4-ing, braais in the open veld and we love long road trips on our winding mountain passes. For these reasons, and many more, we love our bakkies! Here at Western Province Motors we know what you need. We know all about great value for money, reliable second hand vehicles and we know all about the South African love affair with bakkies. Western Province Motors is proud to be your partner in second hand vehicle shopping; as such we’re excited to share with you a comprehensive list of the top 3 value-for-money bakkies for sale in South Africa.
1. For the love of fuel-prices!
“Bakkie” and “fuel-efficient” are hardly synonymous; bakkies are more typically considered purpose-driven vehicles in that their ability to complete a certain function outweighs their lack of fuel efficiency. When you’re going to be lugging heavy loads, in a car purpose-built to do so, you’re going to be sacrificing on fuel economy; that’s a fact. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be looking to get the best value for your money. So, if you’re looking for a bakkie with excellent fuel economy; look no further than the SsangYong Actyon Sports! This vehicle, featuring a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, boasts a fuel economy of 7.4L/100km for the Actyon Sports High derivative and 7.5L/100km for the Deluxe derivative (4×4) – fitted with the same engine.
2. On-road and off the beaten track
In 2013, Hannes Grobler, South African Motorsport legend, undertook to establish exactly which four wheel drive vehicle you’d want to venture off the beaten track with…but could still use to commute to work come Monday. This test (for carmag.co.za) delivered some fascinating results! At the time a newcomer to the off-road scene, the Volkswagen Amarok blew Hannes and the test team away! While the Amarok may not look like the ultimate off-road vehicle on paper, with one of the lowest ride heights recorded among off-road vehicles, the Amarok provided a smooth off-road ride free of any bumps or scrapes. The hill descent control, in which you can sit back and let the Amarok do all the work, was particularly praised by reviewers. When taking into account on-road and off-road test scores: The Volkswagen Amarok comes out top of the log!
3. The staple bakkie
If you’re more of a traditional individual looking for a bakkie that has proven time and time again that it won’t let you down; if you’re not too bothered by optional extras, fuel economy or price tag, if you’re looking for a bakkie that will get the job done – on time, every time – look no further than the Toyota Hilux 3.0D-4D double cab Raider. Standard issue includes a USB connectivity feature for improved music experience, an automatic air-conditioner, ABS brakes with load sensing technology as well as an emergency brake assist system (BAS).