South Africa is bakkie country. Our outdoor, active lifestyles are a perfect fit for the leisure-oriented double cab, but following the introduction of the facelifted Ford Ranger and new Toyota Hilux, which rules the roost?

The previous-generation Toyota Hilux had a very long and successful model life, but towards the end of that career was feeling the heat from Ford’s Ranger. Ford then turned up the heat even more with a comprehensive update towards the end of 2015. So, Toyota can ill afford not coming out guns blazing with the new Hilux.

But the Ranger is not its only rival. Isuzu’s KB continues to find favour with South Africans that appreciate its particular blend of sturdiness, dependability and dual-purpose appeal. And then there’s also Volkswagen’s Amarok, a vehicle that is regarded as heavily road-biased but which surprised us during our tests.

In this video we take you to Klipbokkop near Worcester and put the four bakkies through a number of test routines to discover their pros and cons, including an on-road assessment, gravel road driving, sand dunes, steep descents and gullies.

Performance stats and specifications for all the cars are presented at the end of the video.

Read our massive comparative test between the Hilux, Ranger, Isuzu KB and VW Amarok here:

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    • Joshua Preyser
      Joshua Preyser

      As a blind person I prefer the Isuzu Kb for it's distinct truck typ of sound, especially from the models from the mid-late 90's which introduced me to the world of double cabs. Next, for me, comes the hilux. I like the d4d engine series but I wouldn't go for the 3.0l versions though because although they may be powerful and reliable they have far too much turbo noise, they don't have that distinct truck type of sound when reving and under acceleration, well, it is there but not that distinct compared to the Kb, and they also hav a fan in the engine that runs for a few seconds on start up and take off which sounds a bit annoying to me. The KB (D-Max versions) unfortunately have the same issue with the fan in the engine like the Hilux but I would take one if it didn't have the fan. If I go for a Hilux I would take the 2.5l d4d, if the double cab has a 2.5l D4d option because it doesn't have too much turbo noise and it has that truck type of sound, not as distinct as a Kb, but a lot better compared to the 3.0l d4d.

      about 3 days ago
    • ellis peterson
      ellis peterson

      I don't think there is best in these, it all depends on what you want and can afford

      about 14 days ago
    • hannie brits
      hannie brits

      I do like the Isuzu but think Ranger is still the best

      about 20 days ago
    • Thapedi Mojapelo
      Thapedi Mojapelo

      I have been a biggest fan of Isuzu, i bought my 1st isuzu in 2003 and it's 922 437 km on odo and i have never overhauled the engine nor replace the the turbo. The second one is 693 247km and i have never overhauled the engine or replace the turbo. Now in i bought 300 lx in 2017 and it is 54 0007 km, it feels like it will endure like its predecessors. Yo! guess what? i haven't sold one of them because they are still going strong. if you want to see them-0815544695

      about 1 month ago
    • Alexandros Douros
      Alexandros Douros In reply to Thapedi Mojapelo

      Put a video on your channel

      about 1 month ago
    • Worack Fox
      Worack Fox

      Put Ford 3.2 against V.W 3.0 V6 with Toyota 4.0 V6 and see which is the ultimate I say.

      about 1 month ago
    • harry walker
      harry walker In reply to Worack Fox

      mechanicaly,any 'v',is not as good as a streight 6 or 5,or 8 cyl.for the same size engine,a 6 inline,puts out more torque than a v of same,there simpler.cheaper to produce.&,should last longer being inherantly stronger...less bits flying round at 6k...

      about 18 days ago
    • Kuttapan Aalumoodu
      Kuttapan Aalumoodu

      Vw is premium looking one here

      about 1 month ago
    • Alex Johnson
      Alex Johnson

      Toyota hilux is one of the best 4×4 from decades...

      about 1 month ago
    • Alex Johnson
      Alex Johnson In reply to Alex Johnson

      ...harry wainker....all ford manufacture cars are come with ton of problems especially the gear box which cost thousands of dollars to repair...i will never buy.....i am off road rider hilux is my choice

      about 16 days ago
    • harry walker
      harry walker In reply to Alex Johnson

      really,!!.your paying a lot for a cheap build.the ranger is better,,the hilux rear diff bolts come loose or break,,cheap,nasty..

      about 18 days ago
    • Mr Celsupralex
      Mr Celsupralex

      Fucking weird accent on him, what planet is he from...

      about 1 month ago
    • DarK mune
      DarK mune

      Hilux is the best looking

      about 1 month ago
    • harry walker
      harry walker In reply to DarK mune

      check the rear diff centre on the hilux,they come loose.bolts too small.

      about 18 days ago
    • Bonke Beekay
      Bonke Beekay

      very scientific pole

      about 1 month ago
    • Balik Pulau
      Balik Pulau

      Im a farmer and i live in Malaysia i do hard off roading daily because I have to . I've used my single cab hilux for 6 yrs and i only inflate the tyres, do an oil change and filter change every 6 months.
      I just ordered another 2019 hilux .......

      about 1 month ago
    • harry walker
      harry walker In reply to Balik Pulau

      keep an eye on the rear diff centre bolts,they come loose or can buy a kit to fix it,,but,why should you.??.

      about 18 days ago
    • Adrian W1888
      Adrian W1888

      #FordPowerTruck 4×4 All Terain Truck is the best choice. Good luck.

      about 1 month ago
    • Hashali Philemon Asher
      Hashali Philemon Asher

      Toyota Hilux GD6 is the best. Yes Ford ranger wildtrack might have the best looking but when it to durability Toyota in anyway is the best. In Namibia most hereroes believe in Isuzu but nowadays they realised that Toyota is the best.

      about 2 months ago
    • Oscar Ememwa
      Oscar Ememwa

      Ranger is king

      about 3 months ago
    • Nabil Cassimo
      Nabil Cassimo

      ISUZU IS the best

      about 4 months ago
    • Kavezuu Kapere
      Kavezuu Kapere

      My father has a Isuzu kb 300 and its a beast

      about 4 months ago
    • Ruby Ann Azul
      Ruby Ann Azul

      ford is the new leader and best seller now a days.and of course i love mybrand new ford ranger..

      about 4 months ago
    • Juvffe Almendras
      Juvffe Almendras

      we love isuzu d max because they are new now in 2018 we vote isuzu d max

      about 4 months ago
    • Betty Thupe
      Betty Thupe

      I love the ranger wildtrak love it better than a hilux

      about 4 months ago
    • Friend Request
      Friend Request

      The Toyota Hilux SR5 and Isuzu Dmax are both great for working and weekends 💪🤙

      about 4 months ago
    • Herta Kolberg
      Herta Kolberg In reply to Friend Request

      Isuzu 240 Petrol no stinky noisy diesel !

      about 1 month ago
    • Eamonn Murphy
      Eamonn Murphy

      The Isuzu makes sense, the Ford if i want to impress, the Amarok is a wild card. In the end I am going to go with the Hilux. Just for all round appeal! I feel I will bond with it the most lol!

      about 5 months ago
    • Sthembiso Ngcobo
      Sthembiso Ngcobo

      Recently got me a 2018 Dakar 2.8 GD6 Limited edition, best double cab i ever driven.

      about 5 months ago
    • Mohamed Ghezal
      Mohamed Ghezal


      about 5 months ago
    • McDarius

      I bought Ranger in januar this year, and I do real hard off roading.. not soft stuff like here... Trust me, Ranger is The best :)

      about 5 months ago
    • Kelby Ball
      Kelby Ball

      Isuzu all the way you can not go wrong with them and I dont have anything nice to say about fords so I'll leave that as is

      about 5 months ago
    • jom mar
      jom mar

      very informative, non-bias comparison, and detailed to every point of each... Like Like Like to infinity....

      about 6 months ago
    • Reynaldo Olvis
      Reynaldo Olvis

      the ford ranger is the best

      about 6 months ago
    • William sanjaya
      William sanjaya

      I choose isuzu dmax because dmax have very good engine.and the new version of dmax (stealth) is even better 👍👍👍

      about 6 months ago
    • lemmy lempaa
      lemmy lempaa

      what about mitsubishi L200?

      about 6 months ago
    • malditong suplado
      malditong suplado

      can you say something about nissan navara engine yd25DDTI ?

      about 6 months ago