We all love Bakkies because of their power, ruggedness, and ability to do more than ordinary vehicles. Bakkies (the South African term for Pick Up Trucks) have found love in the eyes of South Africans who use them as utility vehicles on their farms, factories, grocery shops, and even private homes. Bakkies have become the Iconic vehicle of the South African rugged terrain.
Luckily, the South African market now has some relatively inexpensive and affordable bakkies that can blend into the pocket or budget of the small person or organization. These bakkies are often from new automakers, or those just coming into the South African market.
Top 10 Cheapest Bakkies In South Africa
1. Mahindra Bolero 2.5TD
Price from: R197,499
Mahindra Bolero 2.5TD is a Single Cab Bakkie that can function for carrying luggage, or implements if you own a farm. However, this bakkie doesn’t look like it can do much for a person who has to kids to school, or take a large number of people on a trip. What it lacks in that department, it makes up with power: the engine packs 74kW/238Nm of power under the hood.
The vehicle costs just R197,499, which makes it a real steal for such a powerful utility vehicle and one of the cheapest bakkies in South Africa. The bakkie comes with a Warranty of 3-years or 100,000km.
2. GWM Steed
Priced from: R192 900
The GWM Steed is a solid and rugged-looking bakkie that is built for the out-backs. We think this vehicle would do well for the married guy whose business involves picking up and dropping off items, maybe living in the city, but working some way off into the rugged countryside. This vehicle comes in two variants; the Single cab, priced from R192 900, and the bigger Double cab, which is priced from R212 900.
3. Mahindra Scorpio Pik Up
Prices From: R212 499
The Mahindra people are taking this bakkie business very seriously; they enter the list again with the impressive Mahindra Scorpio Pik Up. If your work, business, or residence involves climbing steep hillsides, descending into precarious valleys, or crossing water-logged areas, then you have to take a look at the Mahindra Scorpio Pik Up. Mahindra Scorpio Pik Up is one of the most affordable Bakkies in South Africa. Prices are attractive; from R212 499 for the Single cab, and R322 499 for the double cab.
4. Nissan NP300
Prices from R269 500
The Nissan NP300 gives us the impression of an urban utility vehicle. It looks like it would do well in the hands of a person whose business involves moving things around. It would also be great for taking the kids to school, before heading out for your day. The prices are quite reasonable; the Single cab is priced from R269 500, while the Double cab is priced from R365 400.
5. Hyundai H100 Bakkie
Prices from R298 500
The Hyundai H100 Bakkie is built like a delivery van, meaning that it was probably not intended for use in the great wilderness, but as a workhorse for urban use. We do not think this would be a good fit for the family guy either; this would function excellently to deliver goods to clients and customers. A good fit for small and medium-scale enterprises into some kind of production. The price is also quite attractive; you can get this bakkie for R298 500.
6. GWM P Series 2.0TD SX
Automatic – R404 900
GWM’s P Series bakkie looks like something from the American movies, where the hero lives in the deserts of Texas. It is built to climb and descend with power and would be a great addition to your farm, factory, or home. It is also quite stylishly designed; your wife wouldn’t mind driving it to the supermarket.
In the South African market, this vehicle is available in both single- and double-cab body shapes. The P Series is one of the cheapest in its category: its Double Cab, Automatic is listed at R404 900. The P Series range is powered by a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 120 kW and 400 Nm of power.
Don’t forget; traction is 4×4!
7. Ford Ranger 2.2 Hi-Rider XL 4×2 Auto
Prices From R441 000
The Ford Ranger 2.2 Hi-Rider XL is a beauty to behold and one of the cheapest bakkies in South Africa. Of course, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Ford; the company is very good with design. Another thing they are very good with is the price; the Ford Ranger 2.2 Hi-Rider XL automatic is currently one of the cheapest automatic double-cab models in the whole South African market.
We think it would do well as an urban delivery vehicle or something that transits between the city, and the rural areas. It is powered by a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine which produces 118 kW and 385 Nm of power. Traction is from the rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. There is a 4×4 option; priced from R537 400.
8. Isuzu D-Max 250 Hi-Ride Auto
Prices From: R480 400
The Isuzu D-Max Bakkie series is quite well known in South Africa. Recently, Isuzu bolstered its local D-Max offering with a 5-speed automatic transmission option that now comes with an improved 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine. This diesel-powered engine produces 100 kW and 320 Nm of power, which is guaranteed to move more, in less time.
9. Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Raider Auto
Prices From R531 600
The Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Raider Auto is the king of the wild in South Africa. to be honest, it is not just the king of the wild; it is the king of the city as well. This vehicle is the highest-selling bakkie in South Africa and needs no introduction. The 2.4GD-6 Raider automatic double cab is priced from R531 600, and despite this heavy amount, it has been a fan’s favorite.
It is powered by a 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine which gives you 110 kW and 400 Nm of power, this is not just a beautiful vehicle; it is a powerful monster.
10. Land Cruiser Pickup
Prices From: R876,2000
The Land Cruiser Pickup is a rugged pickup truck that looks like something the United Nations would use. It has everything you want in an off-road vehicle; a high body off the ground, a strong powerful engine, tough body build, and so on. As for the prices, well, you can get the Single cab from R876 200, and the Double cab starting from R700 900.
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This may shock you, but the highest-selling Bakkies in South Africa are actually the most expensive! South Africa has not gone for the cheapest; they have gone for the most durable top performers with a history of excellence. The highest-selling Bakkie in South Africa is the ultra-expensive Toyota Hilux while the most affordable is what we listed above. But please take note: many of these vehicles come in 2 variants; the 4×4 option, and the 4×2 variant. Be sure of what you are getting, and also that the price is ideal.