Sprint Review: Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 D/C 4×4 Legend 50

Who reads a Toyota Hilux review? No, honestly, who does? Please reply in the comments below because I’d really like to know…



What you need to know: The Hilux is a good bakkie, the end? Umm, it’s got four wheels and lots of stickers and everyone drives or wants one. Actually, and jokes aside, it’s not bad to drive with the jiggly ride, tug-boat steering and brawny engine you get with every bakkie or double-cab.

I assume that “Legend 50” points towards its lengthy legacy and 2.8 GD-6 means it’s got a gasoline direct… um, six year… rocket launchers? Sorry. This model uses six gears and a 2.8L in-line four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with maximum outputs of 130kW and 420Nm to hit 180km/h or 0-100km/h in 11.2 seconds.

Our best attempt was 10.91 at sea level.

More info: You also get an automatic version of this double-cab, or one without 4×4 and/or rear doors. This manual version is fairly pleasant to drive with an obedient clutch, slightly woolly gear-lever action but sufficient torque (from just 1,400rpm) at most speeds. The brakes are excellent for bakkie standards.

A single emergency stop from 100km/h took just 2.85 seconds and 40.76 metres.

That low-down grunt also helps with off-road excursions which this bakkie absolutely mastered. Granted, we only served it mild challenges but its selectable four-wheel drive with low range and diff-lock should see it sail through most tough situations. Or, as the diff-lock warning sticker predicts, “escape from the muddy road”! 

Watch out for: Ride comfort, visibility, road noise, steering response and parking in confined spaces – if you’re not used to bakkies. For anyone who’s well-versed in piloting these beasts, this 5.3m-long Hilux spoils you with a rear-view camera. The only other downside is its price of R651,100… which is in the middle of the D/C 4×4 pack.

Why you’ll want one: What, besides its legendary status, sturdy quality, rumoured reliability and unshakable residuals? Oh well, I guess there’s also keyless entry/start, climate control, Bluetooth, navigation, LED headlights, a big warranty and service plan, ABS brakes with EBD, stability control and seven airbags.


FULL SPECLIST

Engine: 2.8L i-4 turbo-diesel
Transmission:6-speed manual, selectable 4×4
Max. Power: 130kW
Max. Torque: 420Nm
Avg. cons.: (claimed 7.6L/100km)
0-100km/h: 10.91 seconds (claimed 11.2)
Top Speed: (claimed 180km/h)
List Price: R651,100

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