Here’s what R1 million for a bakkie buys you now

South Africans love a bakkie – and why shouldn’t we, it’s the perfect vehicle for our roads and terrain. The Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are among the best-selling passenger cars in the country, month after month, year after year. And despite serving their utility purpose, they are being made quite nice lately, with the interiors of the high-end models competing with luxury cars on the market.

The newest Absa’s Vehicle and Asset Finance Consumer Insights report shows that the sweet spot for car financing in the country is between R200,000 and R300,000. Those who spend more than R600,000 are among a select few – 7%.

And increasingly, the budget required for a double cab bakkie in South Africa has increased amid higher demand, and better build quality and technology. Mercedes-Benz introduced the country to the first R1 million bakkie, which has since stopped production, worldwide. It has become a collector’s item, and perhaps a future classic.

Most recently, Jeep launched its Gladiator pickup in South Africa in June at a cost of R1,259,900, making it the most expensive ‘bakkie’ in the country, but not without rivals at that price point.

BusinessTech looked at the most expensive range of South Africa’s most popular bakkies:

Note: Other common brands such as Mazda, Mitsubishi and Nissan, even with all the added accessories, do not reach above R900,000 in price.

Ford Ranger Special Edition Raptor 4×4

From R999,150

  • Engine: Ford 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel
  • Power: 157 kW
  • torque: 500 nm
  • Fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100 km

VW Amarok Double Cab “Extreme”

From R1,076,400

  • Engine: 3.0 VW Turbo diesel
  • Power: 190 kW
  • torque: 580 N*m
  • Fuel consumption: 9.5 l/100 km

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon


  • Engine: 3.6l Pentastar V6
  • Power: 209 kW
  • torque: 347 N*m
  • Fuel consumption: 12.6 l/100 km

Toyota Hilux Legend RS 4×4


  • Engine: 2.8 Turbo Diesel
  • Power: 150 kW
  • torque: 500 nm
  • Fuel consumption: 8.0l.100 km

Toyota Land Cruiser 70th Anniversary Edition


  • Engine: 4.5 Turbo Diesel V8
  • Power: 151 kW
  • torque: 430 N*m
  • Fuel consumption: 11.5 l/100 km

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Here’s what R1 million for a bakkie buys you now

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