• We list the three most affordable bakkies in South Africa.
• The Mahindra Bolero is the cheapest at R170 999.
• All three bakkies are not endowed with a host a features.
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The local bakkie market is rife with options. Automakers have an array of bakkies making up their portfolios, and each model range bring something unique to the table. Nissan, for instance, has three bakkies to choose from - NP200, NP300/Hardbody, Navara - as does Mahindra (Bolero, Genio, Pik Up).
Of course, higher up the price spectrum, the options are more refined, more specialized, and with more powerful engines. Lower down, however, the offerings are more affordable, but at a cost. Here are the three most budget-friendly bakkies in South Africa.
A five-speed manual gearbox drives all three listed bakkies.
Mahindra Bolero 2.5Di Maxitruck Plus - R170 999
The Bolero is one of the true workhorses in the South African bakkie market. As the most affordable new bakkie in the country, it is powered by a 46kW 2.5-litre diesel engine. The torque figure isn't earthshattering either, coming in at a relatively low 195Nm. Yet, while these figures aren't setting any records, it serves the bakkie well as it aims to execute its purpose.
The Bolero weighs a respectable 1 471kg and boasts a 1 150L loading bay. There is nothing to write home about feature-wise, but it does feature a 12-volt power socket and power steering.
A three-year or 100 000km warranty is standard, but a service plan is optional.
Nissan NP200 1.6i Safety Pack - R199 900
Remember the Nissan Champ of old? Well, the NP200 is the legendary bakkie's successor. This model in question kickstarts the line-up, but it foregoes several of the niceties we've come to expect, like a media player, a 12V power socket, and an aircon. Unlike the other two bakkies in this company, the entry-level NP200 has two airbags. Load volume capacity on the NP200 is a useful 1 250L.
Power for this bakkie is derived from a 1.6-litre 8V petrol engine. The mill offers 64kW and 128Nm. Unlike the other two bakkies that are rear-wheel driven, the NP200 sends its power to the front wheels.
The bakkie comes standard with a six-year or 150 000km warranty. There is no service plan available.
GWM Steed 5 2.2 MPi Workhorse - R204 900
The Steed is the most expensive bakkie in this company and is powered by a 2.2-litre petrol engine that produces 73kW and 180Nm. At 70L, Its fuel tank is also substantially bigger than both the Nissan (50L) and Bolero's (45L), giving it a theoretical range of over 700km on a full tank of fuel. Like the other two bakkies, the entry-level NP200 is a basic bakkie with minimal features, but it boasts front and rear fog lights, central locking, a media system that is USB compatible, power steering, and air-con.
A five-year or 100 000km warranty is standard, but a service plan is optional.
The maintenance costs
Every year, the Kinsey Report is released detailing the price basket for all the popular vehicles in South Africa. This includes the average maintenance costs for your favourite bakkie, be it a single or double cab. The Kinsey Report has been a telling indicator of the local automotive space for the last 30 years and is crucial for consumers.
Unfortunately, the Kinsey Report can't focus on every vehicle sold in South Africa; therefore, they focus on the more popular models, and owners and prospective buyers can use the information to guide them in their next buy.
Click here for the full 2020 Kinsey Report.
In 2020, the Nissan NP200 1.6i Safety Pack, for instance, had a total price basket of R45 529.48 to replace all the major items if everything went awry. These include the oil filter (R245.81), front brake pads (R1 012.15), rear shock absorber (R2 365.49), bonnet (R4 320.96), radiator (R2 764.55), and tailgate (R3 908.65).
No GWM bakkie was listed in last year's report, but Mahindra's Scorpio 2.2 Pik Up S4 made its appearance. At the time of writing, this bakkie is R54 000 more expensive than the listed Bolero, but it should be a good indicator of just where Mahindra slots in regarding its bakkies' running costs. Mahindra also offers a Pik Up Chassis Cab for R214 999.
The Pik Up S4's total price basket comes down to R67 509.39. Gauging the prices for similar items to the NP200, this is what owners can expect to pay for the following items: oil filter (R141.00), front brake pads (R1 580), rear shock absorber (R1 110.90), bonnet (R6 561.40), radiator (R5 149.80), and tailgate (R4 945.40).
In their 2020 Report, the Kinsey team said: "We have been forced to make a few changes, including how the figures were collected. Covid-19, which hit us a few months before our normal collection of prices in May/June, saw us in the height of restricted travel and social distancing. A factor that has been come evident is the increase in the cost of body parts. On some models, headlights, rear fenders, and wheel rims appear to be a great deal more expensive.
"In keeping with tradition, all prices in the report are from written quotes, so there is the best possible chance of getting them correct."
Data for the 2020 Kinsey Report were collected in September 2020.