2019 Toyota Hilux

Well maintained, low mileage Hilux impresses.

Charl Wilken


Model: 2019 Toyota Hilux 2.8GD6 Raider Legend 50 4x2 (Auto)

Pre-Owned Price: R 569 890

Mileage: 35 960km

Warranty: 3 Year/100 000km

Maintenance Plan: 9 Services/90 000Km Service Plan

Fuel Consumption (combined): 8.0-litres per 100km

0-100km/h: 10.5 seconds

Contact: Nic Sillato from Motus Toyota Bedfordview at 087 893 7744 or visit  


Background and condition of vehicle:

  • After 35 960km of mileage this used Hilux certainly still seemed as good as new, which again pays testimony to the inherent quality and durability of the vehicle.
  • Inside and out it was in a pristine condition and besides one or two tiny scuffmarks on the door’s plastic trim, which is quite common on most used vehicles, we could not notice any other defects at all.


Performance and Economy:           

  • The 2.8-litre 4-cylinder Turbo Diesel engine delivers 130kW of maximum power and 450Nm of torque and is coupled to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
  • Although the Ford Ranger trumps the Hilux on paper when it comes to sheer power, it is surprising that in outright performance terms the Hilux is not far behind at all.
  • Compared to the 3.2-litre Ford Ranger’s 10.5 seconds 0-100km/h sprint time, the less powerful Hilux is a mere 0.3 of a second slower to a 100km/h, with a sprint time of 10.8-seconds.
  • The tractability of the 2.8-litre engine is good too and combined with well-spaced ratios from the 6-speed automatic gearbox, city driving in the Hilux proved quite effortless.
  • Good news is that the Hilux does trump the 3.2-litre Ford Ranger by some margin when we talk economy with a combined average fuel economy figure of 8.0-litre per 100km.  


How does it drive?

  • The latest Hilux driving experience is much improved in pretty much every area compared to the previous model.
  • Gone is the constant bounciness, replaced by decent body control and a comfortable ride on smooth roads.
  • Although the VW Amarok offers the best ride quality in this category, the latest Hilux certainly is not too far behind at all.
  • The 6-speed automatic gearbox shifted sweetly and seemed well refined for a vehicle of this nature.
  • All round the Hilux certainly offered impressive levels of comfort for a commercial vehicle.


Inside the vehicle:

  • Although like we have come to expect from the Hilux the cabin is robust with materials capable of withstanding hard day-to-day use, the cabin has also taken on some extra sophistication.
  • The overall dash and instruments design proved attractive, as well as modern and there are lots of luxury features to smile about as well.
  • There is a centrally located touchscreen with an infotainment system that included satellite navigation amongst other features.
  • Build quality is rather good too, but without soft-touch plastics, it does not feel as plush as Toyota’s passenger cars, although it is not far off. Luxury and safety features included the following:
    • Dual Zone climate control air-conditioning
    • PDC with rear camera
    • Central Locking
    • Electric windows                                  
    • Multi-function leather clad steering wheel
    • Rain Sensor                
    • On-Board trip computer
    • Auto Headlights on 
    • Multi-media infotainment system
    • Leather upholstery                              
    • Apple Car Play and Android Auto
    • Cruise control           
    • USB and Aux ports                                             
    • Isofix rear seats                                     
    • Bluetooth phone connectivity
    • Auto headlights on
    • USB and Aux ports and 12V connector               
    • ABS with EBD and brake assist   
    • Rubberized load box                              
    • Front and side airbags (6)                      
    • Lockable rear differential
    • Canopy, roll-bar, and side steps        
    • ABS with EBD and brake assist
    • Stability Control


Space and Practicality:

  • The cabin of the Hilux will accommodate four of five tall adults with relative ease.
  • The fully rubberized load area can carry loads of up to 865kg.
  • Maximum towing capacity also proved as good as the best in this class at 3 500kg.
  • Buyers should also be pleased to know that the load area of this Hilux was still in an exceptionally clean condition and certainly have not been used for any hard labour as yet.


The verdict:

  • Just about as refined as the best on offer and now extremely well equipped as well, the Hilux impressed with it’s all-round comfort.
  • The Hilux’s all-round competence ensures it remains the King in this hotly contested sector of the market.
  • Our used Hilux on test was in a pristine condition and therefore I believe a particularly good buy at the price.
  • Comprehensive Luxury and Safety Features.
  • Good fuel economy.
  • Reliability and durability.
  • High levels of Quality.

X Not as powerful as some of its rivals.


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