The words ‘fuel efficient’ and ‘bakkie’ aren’t often found in the same sentence. Bakkies are typically designed to perform a workhorse function and are generally powered by big, lumbering turbodiesel engines that come equipped with enough power and torque to cope with heavy loads. To meet tough demands, bakkies are built to take a beating and as a result, overall fuel consumption takes a beating too. Emphasis in this segment is therefore more focused on capability, with efficiency taking the back seat.
However, this may be changing, especially when it comes to double cabs, which very often also perform family car duties. With the ever rising fuel price, fuel efficiency has a direct impact on cost of ownership and buyers should factor this aspect in when shopping for a double cab bakkie. If fuel consumption matters to you, we have compiled a list of the most fuel efficient double cab bakkies in South Africa according to claimed manufacturer figures but bear in mind that real-world consumption will vary.
Most Fuel Efficient Double Cab Bakkies in South Africa
1. SsangYong Actyon Sports - 7.4L/100km
Topping our list is the SsangYong Actyon Sports High derivative (R309 995) which returns a claimed fuel consumption figure of 7.4L/100km. The Actyon Sports is fitted with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that offers 114kW and 360Nm of torque. Buyers can also opt for the 4x4 Deluxe derivative (R359 995) fitted with the same engine, returning 7.5L/100km.
2. Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 TDi Trendline - 7.6L/100km
The Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 TDi Trendline (R424 300) comes second on this list with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 7.6L/100km. With its 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine, the Amarok offers 103 kW and 340 Nm of torque. The Trendline 4Motion derivative (R475 300) is also an option here with a combined fuel consumption figure of 7.7L/100km. If you are looking for a bit more oomph from the Amarok then you may want to consider the 2.0-litre BiTDI Highline (R454 700) which offers 132 kW and 400Nm of torque with a consumption figure of 7.9L/100km. The Amarok 2.0 BiTDI Highline 4Motion (R505 700) on the other hand consumes 8.0L/100km.
3. Ford Ranger 2.2 Hi Rider XL / Isuzu KB 250D-Teq LE/ Mazda BT-50 2.2 SLE – 7.7L/100km
The Ford Ranger Hi-Rider XL (R326 900) with its 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine returns a combined fuel consumption figure of 7.7L/100km and offers up 110kW and 375Nm of torque. The higher spec XLS derivative delivers the same consumption figure but comes in at a price of R407 900.
The Isuzu KB range has much to offer when it comes to efficiency. Standout double cab efficiency performers include the Isuzu KB250D-Teq (R401 500) with its 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine offering 85kW and 280Nm of torque. Fuel consumption for this derivative is rated at 7.7L/100km. For a bit more power, you can also go for the KB300D-Teq LX (R445 700) which offers 130kW and 380Nm of torque from its 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with a combined fuel consumption figure of 7.8L/100km.
The Mazda BT-50 2.2 SLE (R37 400) also ranks quite well with a combined fuel consumption figure of 7.7L/100km from its 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine (same unit as in the Ford) offering 110kW and 375Nm of torque.
4. Mahindra Genio 2.2 CRDe - 7.9L/100km
The Mahindra Genio 2.2 CRDe double-cab (R219 995) is fitted with a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine that offers 89kW and 290Nm of torque. Fuel consumption for this model is claimed at 7.9L/100km. The Genio also happens to be the most affordable double cab in this list.
5. Toyota Hilux D-4D Raider Legend 45 / Hilux 3.0 D-4D Raider Dakar / JMC Vigus 2.4 TDCi LX/SLX – 8.0L/100km
Toyota’s popular Hilux, which is due for replacement in South Africa in 2016, cuts the grade to make our list of the most fuel efficient double cabs in the land. First up is the Hilux 2.5D-4D Raider Legend 45 (426 400) with its 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine which offers 106kW and 343Nm, returning a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.0L/100km. The Hilux 2.5D-4D Raider Dakar (R431 800) returns the same figure from the same engine.
Another option to consider is the JMC Vigus 2.4 TDCi LX (R269 990). With its 2.4-litre (Ford-sourced) turbodiesel engine offering 88kW and 290Nm of torque, the Vigus returns a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.0L/100km.