Psst, don’t tell any of the manufacturers but I’ve discovered a new sub-niche of vehicles: “on purpose cars.” This tiny corner of our modern car world is occupied by vehicles which won’t, nay, can’t be bought by accident. And now there is a new member who just elbowed its way into the group: the Jeep Rubicon double-cab bakkie.
Are you thinking of buying a new double-cab bakkie? Well, you have my sincere and undivided sympathy.
I detest click-bait. And blatantly fluffed-up, agonisingly drawn-out, mostly American pieces that waste a substantial part of your life to eventually impart no more than a few seconds of valuable information. So, in order to not string you along any further: this Peugeot bakkie is not that great.
One of the easiest jobs in the world is that of an armchair critic. Especially in today’s egocentric society, it’s so convenient to sit behind the safety of your keyboard and spread hatred to whatever takes your fancy. I kept that in mind while reviewing this new Mazda bakkie…
What are the most complicated things on the planet? Easy. Rocket Science, Quantum Physics, Nuclear Fission, Ford Ranger model line-up. In that order.
It had to be done. A list of the fastest locally-available Bakkies (Afrikaans for pick-up trucks) we’ve ever tested, ranked by the best 0-100km/h acceleration time achieved out of a minimum of three runs.
Please note: this list only contains Double-Cab Turbo-diesel Bakkies!
The Mazda BT-50 was never an obvious choice for bakkie buyers, mostly because the Japanese brand went for bizarre designs to distinguish their product. So, did they learn their lesson with this all-new 2021 model?
The gift horse
I’m sure you’ve heard of the adage that one shouldn’t criticise a gift. Well, I shall try to be as diplomatic as possible while still giving you an objective opinion of this double-cab bakkie which Mahindra graciously lent us over the Festive Season.