p>Mahindra South Africa has certainly made their presence felt with several quality cars and none more so that the Mahindra Pik-Up. Perhaps it’s not the most stylish or modern-looking bakkie but don’t let that fool you as it packs a mighty punch where it really matters: off-road performance and features.
While it’s true that the styling may be somewhat of an acquired taste but the South African public has already started seeing it as a good alternative. It has everything you need for a tall, rugged, no-nonsense bakkie that can also be an ideal workhorse.
In the past, many of us would have said at some point that you’ll never consider a Mahindra. However, the Indian automaker listened to customer feedback and subsequently opened a new vehicle assembly facility in Durban in May 2015.
Located in the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone (SEZ) next to King Shaka Airport in KwaZulu-Natal, it is here that they assemble the complete range of Mahindra Pik-Up single cab and double cab bakkies. If anyone attended the initial launch and compared the first generation to what is available today, the differences are enormous. It’s almost like two different cars and that’s just in terms of build quality and driving dynamics.
Is The Mahindra Pik-Up A Good All-Rounder?
While the Mahindra Pik-Up has been considered a workhorse for small businesses, the new generation is more than that. With a stiffer suspension, the ride is a little hard but it is a great bakkie that can also be used for everyday driving.
The 2.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine delivers 103kW/340Nm through a six-speed manual gearbox with incredibly smooth gear changes. It will impress even the harshest of critics in terms of fuel consumption. The Pik-Up has an 80-litre tank and Mahindra claims an average of around 7.9-litres/100km. When pushing the car a little harder, the usage is about 8.8-litres which is still good for a bakkie.
Comfort And Safety Features
The Mahindra Pik-Up also has several safety features and equipment including ABS, EBD, dual front airbags, side-impact protection bars, Isofix fixtures for child seats and an auto-lock function. Convenience features are what you can expect in most bakkies, ranging from aircon and satellite navigation to stop/start functionality and follow-me-home lights.
Something else that makes it stand out more is a stylish Mahindra Rise logo under the front door sides that lights up at night whenever you lock or unlock the car.
The Mahindra Pik-Up has high seating positions and a massive windscreen which makes the car an absolute joy to drive. Even the four side windows and rear windscreen are quite big and that should be a bonus in nearly everyone’s books. A rubberised layer in the load bay means extra protection against scuff marks when transporting any type of load.
What Does The Mahindra Pik-Up Cost?
While it’s by no means a budget car, value for money is exceptional especially if you consider the exorbitant prices of other, more ‘mainstream’ off-roaders. The Mahindra Pik-Up S10 Double Cab 4×2 will only set you back R332 999 and the Mahindra Pik-Up S10 Double Cab 4×4 is R363 999.
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* Pricing accurate as of 21 November 2019