South African consumers’ budgets are under a lot more strain with our current economic climate in mind. When it comes to purchasing a bakkie in South Africa, there are fortunately new and affordable bakkies that can suit a small budget.
But what is a ‘bakkie’ and why are they so popular in South Africa? Here is some insight into bakkies and what affordable new bakkies are available to purchase in South Africa.
What is a bakkie?1
A ‘bakkie’ refers to any light delivery vehicle. It is also known as a ‘pick-up truck’ in the USA or ‘UTE’ in Australia, short for a utility vehicle. It has an open back and can possibly be fitted with a canopy or other accessories to close the back. Even though it resembles a large truck, it is distinctively different from that or a van.
The word ‘bakkie’ is borrowed from the Afrikaans language. ‘Bak’ is a bowl or dish in Afrikaans. The back of a bakkie may look like a bowl at times and this is how its name came to be.
Why are bakkies so popular in South Africa?2
Bakkies are popular in South Africa as they are very versatile. They are mainly used to transport small to medium loads around easily. They are also used for family vehicles, but mainly for businesses that need to transport machinery, stock and workers to job sites.
The 5 most affordable new bakkies for sale in South Africa3
- Suzuki Super Carry 1.2i PU SC – R 115 900.
- Suzuki Super Carry is a compact, lightweight utility bakkie only weighing 850kg’s. This small delivery vehicle has a 1.2L engine producing 54kw and 101Nm of torque and can carry up to 750kg.
- Even though the Super Carry has been discontinued, it still remains in the local Japanese inventory system, as noticed on NAAMSA sales statistics with a few being sold each month.
- Driving long distances is not its strong point as it only has a 30-litre petrol tank.
- Mahindra Bolero Maxitruck Plus – R 156 999.
- The Maxitruck is Mahindra’s good value for money offering. This single cab can carry a load of up to 1150kg.
- This bakkie has a 2.5L turbodiesel engine, which generates a power output of 46kW and 195Nm of torque.
- This bakkie may spend most of its time in the left-hand lane due to its poor engine performance.
- GWM Steed5 2.2MPi Workhorse – R 159 900.
- The Steed5 is not powered by the typical turbodiesel like most of its competitors. Instead, it has a 2.2L petrol engine with a power output of 74kW and 180Nm torque.
- It may not get your load anywhere in a hurry, but it will be able to get it to where it needs to be.
- The Steed5 Workhorse is very basic in its offering. It doesn’t have airbags or ABS, but it does give you radio with a USB port, power-steering and air-conditioning.
- Tata Super Ace EX2 1.4 TD DLS – R 169 995.
- This is a no-frills type of bakkie, which does not offer a lot of the fittings like your electric windows and air-conditioning. You are also not going to go anywhere in a hurry as it comes with a 1.4L turbodiesel that generates a power output of 52kW and 135Nm of torque.
- Tata claims it can carry a load of 1ton in its load area even though its engine doesn’t have a strong power output.
- JMC Boarding 2.8 TD – R 176 880.
- This is JMC’s bottom-of-the-range bakkie; it does not come with airbags or ABS. It does however feature electric windows and USB port. The bakkie’s 2.8L turbodiesel generates 84kW of power and 235Nm of torque. This makes it slow compared to its other competitors.
- This pick up can carry a load of 990kg on its loading bay.
You may want to buy an affordable bakkie. Perhaps you should also consider buying affordable car insurance too?
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