The Toyota Hilux has somewhat of a legendary status as a go anywhere do anything vehicle. It’s a tough workhorse favoured by farmers and tradesmen worldwide since it was first launched in 1968, cumulating in worldwide sales in excess of 18 million units. It’s been seated at the top of its segment in Ireland since 2011, continuing the trend in 2016 with a commanding 32.2 percent segment share in the first quarter.
This new Hilux promises improved comfort and driving performance despite its reduced engine size. Powering it is a 2.4-litre D-4D turbo-charged diesel engine, its predecessor was equipped with a 3.0-litre diesel engine. This new engine offers increased torque with 400Nm a 16.5 percent increase from the previous model. Power is a sufficient 148hp with a combined fuel consumption of 7.0L/100km.
From the exterior the Hilux has a strong presence, it’s muscular and sits high off the ground thanks to large clearance between the wheels and wheel arches. This aids its off-road ability, it’s a jeep that will be driven off-road and often found with a trailer in tow. The single cab Hilux has a towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes, while the double cab model has a 3.2 tonne capacity. This new variant has a 20 percent improvement in structural rigidity and improved under-body protection for your off-road ventures. Customers can choose from three variants, all come with a rear differential lock as standard, something that’s extremely useful for off-road driving. You can select all-wheel-drive with a twist of a switch on the dashboard.
On the road the Hilux offers plenty of performance for all drives, the six-speed manual on our test vehicle is light to touch and effortless to use. A six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The interior is far more SUV-like than a commercial-orientated vehicle. The driving position is elevated giving you excellent all-round visibility. Our test Hilux was the double cab mid-range SR5 variant (€39,895), the entry-level DLX model is priced from €29,250 for the single cab and €36,500 for the double cab. The range-topping Invincible model is priced from €45,850. The standard level of equipment on the SR5 Hilux should satisfy most drivers, this includes, 17-inch alloy wheels, hill assist control, downhill assist control, trailer sway control, cruise control, 7-inch Toyota Touch infotainment system, retractable door mirrors, front fog lights, privacy glass and Toyota Safety Sense.
This latest variant of the Hilux is sure to continue the success that Toyota has enjoyed since the first generation Hilux. It’s an extremely capable machine that now benefits from modern comforts and technology.
Engine Size 2.5-Litre
Fuel Type Diesel
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 13.2 seconds
Top Speed 170 km/h
Consumption (Combined) 7.0L/100km
CO2 Emissions 169g/km
Road Tax €570
Base Price €29,250
Price as Tested €39,895