A 4x4 for under R550 000
We hunted through the Automark stock to see what you can get for under R550 000
A 4x4 for under R550 000
In this beautiful country of ours, with its wide open spaces and endless opportunities for exploration, a car with a 4x4 badge on the back and all the characteristics that come with this is a gateway to adventure. Because of the extra hardware that a 4x4 is fitted with there is a price premium for such a vehicle, so we hunted through the Automark stock to see what you can get for under R550 000…
Toyota Hilux DC 2.4 GD-6
The Toyota Hilux DC 2.4 GD-6 Toyota Hilux offers great value for money as well as better fuel consumption than anything else on this list (from 7.3 l/100km). The 2.4-lite turbodiesel engine itself is smooth and refined with ample power and torque, at 110kW and 400Nm respectively. The double cab 4x4 is available in either SR trim or SRX trim, and can be had with either the 6-speed manual gearbox or the 6-speed automatic gearbox.
While the new prices start at R534 000 and go up to R582 100 for the SRX auto, low-mileage second-hand units can be found for prices in the region of R395 000* (2018 SRX auto, 70 000km) to R520 000* (2019 SRX auto, 10 000km). You might have to look around for exactly what you want, though, as there aren’t as many of these great bakkies available as there are the Hiluc DC 2.8 GD-6.
Toyota Hilux DC 2.8 GD-6
South Africa’s favourite bakkie sells in droves in this format. With peak power of 130kW and peak torque of 420Nm, the 2.8 GD-6 is the most popular engine in the Hilux line-up, which means that there is a ready market for it second-hand, and also a lot of options if you’re looking for a pre-owned one. Fuel consumption is a claimed 7.6 l/100km.
Currently only the Legend 50 trim is available new, and prices are set at R684 500 for the manual and R707 000 for the automatic.
On the second-hand market prices for a manual Hilux 2.8 GD-6 range from around R390 000*(2016 Raider, 120 000km) to R510 000* for a 2019 Raider with 65 000km.
The automatic versions come at a bit of a premium, with prices ranging from R400 000* (2017 Raider, 90 000km) to about R550 000* for a 2018, 35 000km Raider.
Toyota Hilux DC 4.0 V6
If you regularly tow a heavy caravan or trailer, this is the bakkie for you. The 4.0 V6 engine may use a fair bit more fuel (11.8 l/100km) than the diesel variants, but you get pure V6 petrol power, in the form of 175kW and 376Nm. What fans of this engine love is that the power doesn’t rely on a turbo, which makes the power delivery smoother.
Only one 4.0 Hilux is currently available, and it is a 4x4 model in Legend 50 grade and with an automatic gearbox. They aren’t as freely available second-hand as other Hilux variants, but if you look around you should be able to find a 2017 model Raider with around 90 000km on the clock for approximately R420 000*, as opposed to the new price of R753 000.
Toyota Fortuner 2.4 GD-6
As with the Hilux, the Fortuner is available with either the 2.4 GD-6 or 2.8 GD-6 turbodiesel engine. The 2.4 GD-6 models aren’t quite as well specked as the 2.8 GD-6, but you do get a whole lot of value. Only an automatic gearbox is available with 4x4 in the 2.4 GD-6 range.
The engine produces the same outputs as that in the Hilux (110kW/400Nm), while fuel consumption is a claimed 8.2 l/100km.
New price is R590 500, but on the Automark website we found a Toyota certified model for R399 900* (2018, 65 000km). 2019 models can be had for around R440 000* with 20 000 – 30 000km on the clock.
Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6
There are many 2.8. GD-6 Fortuners around, on the roads and the second-hand market. While the Fortuner uses the Hilux mechanicals, the Fortuner actually has a few more Newton metres of torque than the Hilux, at 450Nm. Power is the same at 130kW.
The Fortuner is currently sold in the latest Epic or Epic Black trim, both of which are only available with the six-speed automatic gearbox.
New price being R743 000, in the second-hand market there are more options, and if you bide your time you should be able to find a Toyota certified 2016 manual model for around R420 000*. At the other end of our budget, R550 000*will buy you a 2019 automatic model with barely 20 000km on the clock.
A true luxury SUV, the Prado is good off road as it is on the tar, and it is this all-round ability that helps it sell in such healthy numbers. The Prado is also phenomenal when it comes to resale value, great if you’re selling one but something to be less enthused about when you’re in the market for one and you have a budget in mind.
There are two engine options available in the Prado (3.0 TDI and 4.0 V6 petrol) and two equipment grades (TX and the plusher VX). The petrol models are generally a bit cheaper second hand than the diesels, and the VX models command a higher price too. New price R910 000 at the top end of our budget you’re likely to find a 2016 Prado VX 3.0 TDI with about 150 000km on the clockfor R439 000. For similar money you could find a TX model with slightly lower mileage, while a petrol Prado VX should be about R30 000 cheaper for the same year and mileage. Obviously these prices are affected by condition.
Dsiclaimer: * Prices subject to vehicle availbility on the Automark Website