Take a look at the semi-finalists in the Leisure Double Cab Bakkie category of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank!
The second annual Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – now powered by WesBank, is underway and the semi-finalists across 13 categories have been chosen. Make sure you visit the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank website for all the vehicle and category information and also be sure to follow us on Twitter (@CarsSouthAfrica), Facebook (CarsSA) and Instagram (carssouthafrica) for the latest updates.
The Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey, in partnership with leading data specialists, Lightstone Consumer, forms an integral part of the awards programme, with the survey accounting for 50% of the final result in each category. The brand-specific data incorporates feedback from thousands of South African new vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles (must be less than 5 years old and serviced through franchised outlets).
In this immensely popular and fiercely contested vehicle category, the search is on for the ultimate all-rounder. From luxurious touring vehicle, to hardcore off-roader, capable carry-all, family do-all and lifestyle activity machine, leisure double-cab bakkies can no longer be too utilitarian and rough around the edges, but should be highly sophisticated offerings.
To be eligible for consideration in this category, vehicles must have a list price above R450 000 and the vehicle must be a double-cab with a turbodiesel engine and four-wheel drive. A minimum ground clearance of 190 mm is also required. Pillars of success in this category include performance, space and practicality, in-car entertainment, comfort, all-surface ability and safety.
The semi-finalists in the Leisure Double Cab Bakkie category of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank are as follows (in no particular order):
Fiat Fullback 2.5 4x4 LX
The Triton-based Fullback is a new offering in the South African market and it features a trusted powertrain and comes well equipped with a whack of standard features. Powering this derivative is a 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine that develops 131 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission and Fiat claims a fuel consumption figure of 7.7 L/100 km.
Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 BiTDI Highline 4Motion Auto
The Volkswagen Amarok is largely underrated in the local market, but even so, this particular Amarok derivative has proven to be popular. A 2.0-litre bi-turbodiesel engine does service in this Amarok and it develops 132 kW and 420 Nm of torque. Its 8-speed automatic transmission is particularly impressive and Volkswagen claims a fuel consumption figure of 8.3 L/100 km.
More information on the Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 BiTDI Highline 4Motion Auto
Ford Ranger 2.2 XLS 4x4 Auto
The popularity of automatic transmissions has grown tremendously and Ford’s recent introduction of new automatic double cab derivatives are bound to upset the applecart. A 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine powers this Ranger XLS 4x4 automatic and endows it with 118 kW and 385 Nm of torque delivered through a 6-speed automatic transmission. This derivative strikes a good balance between performance and economy and Ford claims a fuel consumption figure of 8.1 L/100 km.
More information on the Ford Ranger 2.2 XLS 4x4 Auto
Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak 4x4 Auto
Well equipped, sturdy and endowed with appealing square-jawed looks, the Ford Ranger Wildrak continues to sell up a storm in South Africa. The Wildrak is fitted with a powerful five-cylinder, 3.2-litre turbodiesel engine that produces peak outputs of 147 kW and 470 Nm and propels the Ranger via a 6-speed automatic transmission. In terms of fuel consumption, Ford claims 9.0 L/100 km for the Wildtrak.
More information on the Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak 4x4 Auto
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Raider Auto
The new Toyota Hilux is a significantly more refined product than its predecessor, which demonstrates the brand's determination to be an even stronger player in the leisure double-cab segment. This derivative is equipped with a four-cylinder, 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine that produces a healthy 130 kW and 450 Nm of torque. The unit is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and Toyota claims an average fuel consumption figure of 8.5 L/100 km.
More information on the Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Raider Auto