• Mahindra Pik Up one of SA's best-selling bakkies
• Readers rate Pik Up as 'underrated' and 'very nice'
• Pik Up range priced from R210 499
Earlier in June, Wheels24 published an article on the Mahindra Pik Up S11 4x4 Auto. While the bakkie is not as popular as the market leaders (Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger), it remains a solid choice for buyers who want a bakkie in the true sense of the word.
Two readers responded with good points regarding the bakkie, which puts the vehicle in greater perspective from a consumer's point-of-view.
Cecil de Chalain wrote: "In the Pik Up S6, Mahindra makes use of plastic seat covers. I am not in favour of this and do believe that others feel the same. It is a low point that could turn potential buyers away.
"Then, the front seats. While they are comfortable and could even be great in your lounge, the squab* is far too long and when taking your feet off the pedals, you cannot pull your legs back as the squab's length prevents you from doing so.
"My two bits, for what is a very nice product."
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Nico Loubser says: "To be honest, I think the Mahindra Pik Up is totally underrated. Ford and Toyota have become too 'soft' in appearance for my liking. I'll admit, however, the old school look has its pros and cons, as well. The Pik Up can do whatever the others do - maybe not always as well - but how many people use their vehicles to its maximum capabilities anyway.
"From a price and value perspective, it is a no-brainer, for sure!"
2020 Mahindra Pik Up. Image: QuickPic
The Mahindra Pik Up is not a first-choice bakkie in SA, but it is an option that many buyers are opting for. Why? Because of its value-for-money proposition and rugged, unapologetic looks. On price, the Pik Up undercuts the market leaders by a considerable margin, which either attracts or detracts buyers.
Those who do opt for it, know what they are spending their money on and will more often than not be content with their purchase decision. The Pik Up's ride quality and overall perceived quality may not be on par with the Hilux or Ranger, but these are small prices to pay for something that will not quit on you when the going gets tough.
The Pik Up range consists of single and double cab models and is powered by Mahindra's 103kW/320Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine. The bakkie can be had in either rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive guise. It is priced from R210 499 for the entry-level single cab S4 to R388 499 for the double cab S10 Karoo 4x4 model.
2020 Mahindra Pik Up S10 Karoo 4x4. Image: QuickPic
*In general upholstery usage, the squab is the thickly padded cushion of a chair, or sofa one sits upon, contacting the thighs and buttocks. The squab in vehicles is the lower seat portion.