Meet the finalists in the Leisure Double Cab category of the 2020/21 #CarsAwards powered by WesBank!
Now in its 6th year, the #CarsAwards was conceived to be South Africa's definitive automotive awards programme and is backed, for the 5th year running, by the country's leading supplier of vehicle finance, WesBank.
Best Leisure Double Cabs in SA
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.
This category is guided by both eligibility factors and Pillars of Success.
Eligibility factors for this category include a list price between R600 000 and R800 000 (as of October 1, 2020) to ensure upmarket, luxurious vehicles are considered as per market requirements.
Eligible vehicles must be a Double-Cab (four doors) Pick-Up with a turbodiesel engine and four-wheel drive and must have a minimum manufacturer-supplied ground clearance figure of 200mm.
Pillars of success for this category include performance, space and practicality, in-car entertainment, comfort, all-surface ability and safety.
Visit www.carsawards.co.za for more information. In no particular order, the finalists are as follows:
Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 BiTDI Highline Plus 4Motion
Volkswagen has replaced the winner of this category in the 2019/20 #CarsAwards – the 3.0 V6 TDI Highline 4Motion – with a more expensive 190-kW version, which has pushed the bakkie’s price above the R800k limit. Therefore we’ve substituted the V6 derivative with the 2.0 BiTDI Highline Plus 4Motion to see if the more affordable offering can defend the Amarok’s title.
Ford Ranger 2.0 BiTDi Wildtrak 4x4 Auto
When Ford’s Ranger line-up received a wide-ranging update in 2019, its Wildtrak flagship received an impressive new powertrain. Well equipped, sturdy and endowed with appealing square-jawed looks, the top-of-the-range Ranger is undoubtedly a strong contender in this category. In the 2019/20 #CarsAwards, the Wildtrak narrowly lost out to the Amarok, but with the 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion Highline Plus derivative out of the running, could this be Ford’s year?
Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Legend 4x4 Auto
South Africa’s best-selling vehicle underwent another mid-life adjustment in late 2020, but the facelift is the most significant one yet because it encompassed powertrain and design updates. Can Mzansi’s sales-chart champ secure victory in this category of the 2020/21 #CarsAwards?