Comfort and style: On the road with the Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.8 GD-6

BY GRAEME LUND - AUGUST 8, 2017

I spent a year in Europe in the early ‘90s and, on a home-sick weekend, my friend and I tried to find a dirt road to remind us of home.  We had to look very hard to find a small patch of dirt about 100m in length.

South Africa still has a long way to go before it has the same ratio of dirt to tar as Europe, but it is slowly, and sometimes, sadly, catching up with the Old World. Toyota must have noticed this change too because their new Hilux Double-Cab, although still as tough and mobile as the previous edition, has a very luxury sedan-like interior.

Just a few years ago, the luxury German car brands would have struggled to compete with what is now standard on a Hilux Double-Cab. Check out the seven airbags, including a driver knee airbag, reverse camera, a touchscreen with DVD and video playback, a full-colour TFT multi-information display and a very good climate control system.

The dashboard is far more complex than on previous editions and the controls on the steering wheel are as comprehensive as the apps on a smart phone.  Every bit of information is readily and easily available.

The new 2 755cc turbodiesel that takes over from the old three-litre turbodiesel is, despite its smaller size, more powerful and delivers 130kW and a muscular 450Nm between 1 600 and 2 400rpm. The double-cab I drove had a six-speed automatic gearbox, a major upgrade from the earlier models. The new engine and gearbox are super smooth and have also improved fuel efficiency by nine percent to 8.5 litres/100km. 

The ride quality is amazing. In the car park of a shopping centre, picking up your kids from school or rushing from meeting to meeting, this rather large bakkie handles like a hatchback.  Speed bumps are easy; three point turns are simple and parallel parking is no bother.

I had a look at the resale value of the Hilux and was not really surprised to see that a second hand vehicle is only marginally less than a new vehicle. Having owned a series of Toyota's, I am well aware that they give fantastic trade in values and are almost indestructible even for a large, active family who enjoy visiting out of the way places.

The off-road capability of the Hilux is legendary and, although I did not need to use the diff-lock or all-wheel drive, I can’t imagine that Toyota would take a step back here.  I did, however, throw the vehicle at every speed hump and pot hole I came across and, well, I might as well have been on one of Europe’s autobahns for all the discomfort they caused me or the awesome Toyota Hilux.

To test drive the Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.8 GD-6 call Algoa Toyota on 087 350 6305 or visit them at 347 Cape Rd, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth.

Contact Franchisee Liandé Barnard
Eastern Cape contact number 086 163 6845
Eastern Cape email address exec4@ricochetpublishing.co.za