Top 10 Best Bakkies In South Africa 2023 (Highest Selling)

Things have been especially busy in the bakkie industry as new bakkies are being unveiled with some being revamped with new features.

With this, we bring you our list of the top 10 best highest-selling bakkies in South Africa.

Top 10 Best Bakkies In South Africa

1. Volkswagen Amarok 190kW

Volkswagen Amarok 190kW is the delayed version of Volkswagen’s double cab. The Volkswagen Amarok 190k is said to be South Africa’s most powerful bakkie.

With a 190kW and 580Nm of torque, the Volkswagen Amarok is a beast, as it also comes with a new 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine with an additional power of 25kW. To even make it more powerful, it also has a 30Nm torque compared to the former Volkswagen Amarok 165kW version.

The Volkswagen Amarok 190kW has an overboost functionality which makes it generate up to 200kW in just 10 seconds.

These features make the Volkswagen Amarokan 190kW rank first among the top best bakkies in South Africa.

The VW sells in two versions, which are the Highline and the Extreme, as both sell for R908,300 and R974,600 respectively.


2. Nissan Navara

The new Nissan Navara is more than just a rebuilding as the bakkie comes with improved features including a one-tonne bakkie,

The new Nissan Navara 2020 now features a class-leading 1.2-tonne payload capacity, as well as improved steering, refinement, and a sleek new interior with a revised instrument panel and improved connectivity.

Passengers will appreciate the reshaped back seats, as well as a redesigned rear armrest with built-in cup holders for drinks or telephones.

Intelligent front collision warning, intelligent emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert are just a few of the new safety features.


3. Toyota Hilux

The 2.8-liter GD-6 turbo diesel-engined Toyota Hilux is South Africa’s best-selling blankie.

The Toyota Hilux has received a welcome power bump, with 150kW and 500Nm (up from 130kW and 420Nm) for the 2.8 GD-6 turbo diesel auto versions.

The towing capacity of the 2.4 GD-6 turbo diesel 4×4 model is increased to 3.5 tonnes, the same as the 2.8. In some variants, the Hilux gets a more aggressive visage with reshaped daytime running lights (DRLs) and a bulging black grille. On Legend models with a motorized load bay cover, an optional “RS” (Roller Shutter) accessory package is available. 

Inside, the Hilux gets an updated infotainment system as well as Toyota’s standard in-car Wi-Fi hotspot with 15GB of free data.


4. Ford Ranger Thunder

The new limited-edition Ranger Thunder, which is based on the Wiltrak double cab, features a new honeycomb-style front grille, many red elements, including side “nostrils,” and black 18-inch mags. Inside, red contrast stitching is used on the leather upholstery, and red “Thunder” decals are embroidered on the front seats. 

A lockable roller shutter load bay top and a cargo area management system with separators for safely holding different-sized products are included in the car. 

The Ranger Thunder has a 147kW 3.2-liter turbo diesel engine which also features a 4×2 six-speed automatic engine.

The 157kW 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo turbo diesel engine paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission is also available in the Thunder.


5. Isuzu D-Max X-Rider 3.0

The sporty X-Rider cosmetic package which was only available on Isuzu’s D-Max 250, is now present on the range-topping 3.0 turbodiesel, but only in the rear-wheel-drive version.

The roof rails, sports bar, running boards, and wheels are all black, making the car look luxurious. The bakkie also has a 3.5-ton tow bar which comes with all 3.0 X-Riders, as well as a lockable tailgate with a rearview camera. 

Black leather seats with red stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a red Isuzu emblem, and piano black finishes are among the exclusive interior features, not excluding the touch screen system and a rear-view camera make up the infotainment system.


6. Mahindra Pik Up

The Mahindra Pik Up now comes with the latest high-end S11 automatic models compared to the previous ones which have a three-pedal.

The Mahindra Pik Up which is available in 4×2 and 4×4 versions come with a six-speed torque converter transmission which includes a sequential self-shifting option. In the 4×4 models, the gearbox comes with hill descent control.

The Mahindra Pik Up comes with a lot of design upgrades which include the upgraded headlamps, upgraded grille and bumper, and other significant changes which made it stand out as a premium model.

The Mahindra Pik Up is the first Pik Up model to get a reversing camera, and also a fully loaded spec sheet with the newly implemented touch screen infotainment system.


7. Mitsubishi Triton Extreme

The limited-edition Mitsubishi Triton Extreme was launched in South Africa as an improved version of the Triton. The Mitsubishi Triton Extreme is available only as a 4×4 double-cab vehicle. 

It has a new black bumper and grille, as well as a bonnet protector and headlamp covers, black mag wheels, a black Keko Sport-style bar behind the car, and a visible bolt fender flare kit. 

A rubberized load box with a tonneau cover is included, as well as a tailgate that slides open on hydraulic dampers. 

The Mitsubishi Triton Extreme also comes with an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the inside, as well as additional functions for mirroring smart gadgets.


8. Hummer EV

In America, the Hummer jeeps have been redesigned uniquely when compared to the original gas-guzzler, as it now runs on electricity.

The eco-friendly American pickup doesn’t use any gasoline, instead of relying on three electric motors to generate 750kW of power through the all-wheel drive.

It has height-adjustable air suspension, front and rear wheels that can steer at the same angle for maximum agility on difficult terrain, and up to 18 camera views to aid maneuver the massive vehicle through tight routes.


9. Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Namib

The Toyota Land Cruiser Namib bakkie, which was launched in South Africa late last year has been redesigned.

The Land Cruiser bakkie comes with an Overlanding gear kit for desert adventures and is available in single and double cab configurations. A steel front bumper with a heavy-duty bull bar and headlight guards, as well as LED spotlights, are also included.

A mesh front grille, stylized Namib logos on the sides, a tubular rear step with integrated tow bar, and protective load bin skins are all part of the styling package.

The special interior features include a cooled glovebox, protected canvas seat covers with Namib emblem and antiscuff panel, and a roof-mounted console with LED lighting and storage binnacles.


10. Peugeot Landtrek

Peugeot Landtrek is a one-ton bakkie built in China as a pickup for emerging countries. The Landtrek comes in a single cab, double cab, and chassis cab model, as well as workhorse and leisure variants. 

The Peugeot Landtrek boasts a 1.2-ton payload and 3.5-ton towing capacity, as well as the largest cargo box in the market. It also comes with rear-wheel drive and 4×4 models, with a maximum ground clearance of 235mm.

A choice of two engines which include 2.4-liter petrol with 155kW/320Nm or a 1.9-liter turbodiesel with 110kW/350Nm is also included.

The new interior has a high-definition entertainment system based on the Peugeot 508 flagship model.


What Are The Best Towing Bakkie In South Africa?

From the list above, our top best towing bakkies in order of 1-10 are;

  • Volkswagen Amarok 190kW
  • Ford Ranger
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Isuzu
  • Nissan Navara
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mahindra Pik Up
  • Toyota Land Cruiser 



Please note that there are differences between the two lists above, as the first list includes a list of the top 10 best highest-selling bakeries in South Africa while the second list is the best towing bakkie in South Africa.