In the first of our bakkie shootout videos, we borrowed a large gravel parking lot outside Cape Town and lined up South Africa’s two most popular bakkies against a wildcard from China.
The GWM Steed 6 is a bold new entry from the brand. With a remarkably modern look and upgraded interior, it offers much of the space and comfort of its rivals, but at an almost unbelievably lower price. At R299 900, its tough not to consider the Steed 6 SX when looking to buy a 4x2 double cab.
The Toyota Hilux is now a bit long in the tooth and due to be replaced in 2016. But with that legendary nameplate, it still gives the Ranger a run for its money in the sales figures. In reality the Toyota still feels bulletproof, but many of the changes made feel a bit like a veneer.
The new leather seats look good and the touchscreen system isn’t bad at all, but the driving experience feels very ‘90s indeed. The long-travel gear lever feels very similar to rowing a kayak and the venerable 3.0 D-4D turbo diesel has a noticeably narrow power band compared to the Ford, and is quite a bit noisier.
The Ford Ranger should be applauded for moving the game on substantially in this important segment. It truly does offer car-like levels of comfort and interior space. The large 3.2-litre turbodiesel outperforms the Hilux by 27 kW and 127 Nm, but with an extra 200kg of bulk, the biggest difference is in the way it cruises.
With the autobox fitted, this is a bakkie I could actually live with, and it looks damn good too. The Wildtrak auto is also listed at about R20 000 cheaper than the Legend 45 manual, and its hard to work out why.
The Ford Ranger is my pick of the bunch, but at half a million rand, I’d be very tempted to pick up a nice second hand German SUV…
Bakkie Shootout: Ford Ranger vs Toyota Hilux vs GWM Steed 6
|Toyota Hilux 3.0 D-4D Double Cab 4x4 Raider Legend 45||Ford Ranger Double Cab Hi-Rider Wildtrack Auto|
|Price||R513 000||R494 900|
|Engine||3.0 litre 4-cyl turbo diesel||3.2 litre 5-cyl turbo diesel|
|Power||120 kW||147 kW|
|Torque||343 Nm||470 Nm|
|0 – 100km/h||N/A||N/A|
|Top speed||170kph||Not available|
|Toyota Hilux 3.0 D-4D Double Cab 4x4 Raider Legend 45||GWM Steed6 2.0VGT Double Cab SX|
|Price||R513 000||R299 900|
|Engine||3.0 litre turbo diesel||2.0 litre 4-cyl turbo diesel|
|Power||120 kW||105 kW|
|Torque||343 Nm||305 Nm|
|0 – 100km/h||N/A||N/A|