6 Most Fuel-Efficient Double-Cab Bakkies in SA


Looking for the most fuel efficient double-cab bakkies currently on offer in South Africa? Here they are...

Double-cab bakkies serve multiple purposes in South Africa. They are workhorses, but they are also family vehicles used for a wide variety of leisure activities and they are often seen clambering up rocky mountain roads or towing boats and other leisure vehicles and accessories. For the average double-cab bakkie buyer in South Africa, outright capability is sometimes more important than fuel efficiency, but if you consider that these vehicles often commute within the city too, then fuel efficiency becomes more relevant. After all, fuel efficiency has a direct impact on the overall cost of ownership of the vehicle and it should form part of your decision-making process when you are looking to buy a double-cab.

Note that this list is determined according to claimed manufacturer fuel consumption figures. In the real world, consumption will vary depending on factors such as driving style, load, road and terrain conditions and so forth, so consider this a guideline.

1. Nissan Navara 2.3D Double Cab 4x4 SE/LE - 6.5 L/100 km

The new Nissan Navara is a formidable offering in the double-cab bakkie segment and it happens to be the most fuel efficient too. 

The new Nissan Navara launched in South Africa earlier this year and is currently the most fuel efficient double-cab bakkie on offer in South Africa. The Navara is powered by a 2.3-litre turbodiesel engine with 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque on offer. The 6-speed manual Navara in SE and LE trim are the most efficient derivatives available with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 6.5 L/100km. The automatic derivative is slightly thirstier with a fuel consumption figure of 7.0 L/100 km. The new Nissan Navara is priced from R514 900

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2. Ford Ranger 2.2 Double Cab Hi-Rider / XL / XLS and 4x4 XL/ XL-Plus/XLS – 6.9 L/100 km

The Ford Ranger is a popular choice in the double-cab market and the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is particularly efficient. 

The Ford Ranger is a popular choice locally and if efficiency is a priority for you then you have 2 versions of the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine to choose from, both claiming to consume 6.9 L/100km. The entry-level 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine produces 88 kW and 285 Nm of torque in the Ranger 2.2 Double Cab Hi-Rider priced at R299 900.   The more powerful 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine offers 118 kW and 385 Nm of torque and is available in the Hi-Rider XL (R394 900), the Ranger 4x4 XL (R432 900),4x4 XL-Plus (R447 900) and the Ranger Hi-Rider XLS (R455 900), Hi-Rider XLT (R482 900) and the 4x4 XLS Double Cab (R518 900). 

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3. Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 4x2 SRX – 7.1 L/100 km

The Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 4x2 SRX is arguably the "sweet spot" in the Hilux lineup.

If you are looking for an efficient Toyota Hilux double-cab bakkie, then the 2.4GD-6 4x2 SRX derivative is a good starting point. Its 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine produces 110 kW and 400 Nm of torque while returning a claimed fuel consumption figure of 7.1 L/100 km. Pricing for 2.4GD-6 SRX double cab starts at R442 700.

If 4x4 capability is what you’re after, then the 2.4GD-6 4x4 SR and SRX are priced from R462 500 and R468 800 respectively, but fuel consumption increases marginally to 7.3 L/100 km.

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4. Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Double Cab 4x2 - 7.1 L/100 km

The new Mitsubishi Triton has proven itself to be a product well worth consideration in the local market. This is largely due to its 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine, new styling and improved ride quality. The Triton packs 133 kW and 430 Nm of torque. In 4x2 manual guise, Mitsubishi claims a fuel consumption figure of 7.1 L/100 km for the Triton and if you are after a 4x4 manual, consumption will increase slightly to 7.3 L/100 km. The Triton 4x2 manual is priced at R479 900 while the 4x4 manual version is priced at R539 900

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5. Isuzu KB 250 Hi-Rider / X-Rider / LE and KB 300 LX Automatic  – 7.7 L/100 km

The Isuzu KB is a solid choice if you are looking for a rugged workhorse with decent fuel consumption. 

The Isuzu KB is a tough and capable bakkie with the KB 250 Double Cab 4x2 Hi-Rider (R337 400), X-Rider (R388 400), LE (R439 600) and the more powerful KB 300 4x2 LX automatic double cab (R501 200) all claiming to consume 7.7 L/100km. The KB 250 is powered by a 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine offering 100 kW and 320 Nm of torque while the KB 300 employs a 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 130 kW and 380 Nm of torque. 

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6. Fiat Fullback 2.5 Double Cab 4x4 LX - 7.7 L/100km

The new Fiat Fullback offers decent performance and the 2.5-litre turbodiesel returns acceptable fuel consumption figures.  

The new Fiat Fullback bakkie was launched in 2016 and the 2.5-litre turbodiesel 4x4 LX manual derivative is the most fuel efficient offering in the Fullback lineup with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 7.7 L/100km. The Fullback offers 131 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque and is priced from R468 900. The 4x4 LX automatic version is priced from R499 000 but fuel consumption is claimed at 7.8 L/100km. 

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