Hilux Invincible Double Cab 2.4 Auto
more than 18 million sold
been the mainstay of the global
pick-up market for almost 50 years.
And things are only going to get
better when the all-new, eighth
generation Hilux pick-ups arrive
ESPECIALLY POPULAR WITH LIFESTYLE BUYERS are the Double Cab versions which
combine high-riding SUV style, five-seater accommodation and a high specification
with 4WD, one-tonne load-carrying versatility and a strong towing capacity.
With tax advantages for business users, they also appeal to customers who need
dual-role vehicles for business as a workhorse as well as providing stylish
The increased demand for pick-ups (and Double Cab models in particular) has
fuelled the arrival of additional new or heavily revised existing models. Leading
the way for UK sales so far this year is the revised Ford Ranger followed by
the all-new Nissan Navara, the revised Mitsubishi L200, Isuzu D-Max, Toyota
Hilux, VW Amarok, the new Fiat Fullback (based on the Mitsubishi L200), the
Great Wall Steed and SsangYong's Korando Sports. Renault too will launch a pick-up
range (based on the Navara, from their partnership with Nissan) and Mercedes-Benz
and Skoda are also expected to launch their own Double Cab ranges shortly.
quoting prices for the new generation Hilux range, an explanation is needed
on how these vehicles incur taxes. Pick-ups of all types are classed as Light
Commercial Vehicles and that governs their on-the-road price, road tax and,
if applicable, company car tax. Retail private buyers will pay VAT; businesses
five-seater Hilux offers
tax advantages for
business users while
also satisfying those who
workhorse vehicles that
can double as stylish
Road tax is a standard £225 per year, whatever the CO2 emissions. Depending
on the specification, Benefit-in-Kind company car tax is generally around £630
per year for the standard rate income tax payer, and double that for a higher
New Hilux on-the-road prices, not including VAT, start at £19,177 for the Active
specification Single Cab and rise to £29,435 for the Invincible X Double Cab
automatic. VAT-inclusive retail prices range from £22,955 to £35,265.
All versions are powered by a new 147bhp 2.4-litre D-4D turbodiesel engine driving
though six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, all with 4WD. And all models
are covered by a new five-year, 100,000-mile warranty. The expected best-seller
will be the Invincible Double Cab automatic costing retail customers £31,350.
Now we've got all of that out of the way we can focus on the Hilux itself
it's longer, wider and lower than previous versions, with an increased towing
capacity of 3,500kg from the end of this year although currently it is only
homologated at 3,200kg.
The Double Cab's payload is 1,055kg. Below decks there's a new, stronger and
20% torsionally stiffer ladder frame chassis to help the tougher cargo bay shrug
off heavy-duty use. The rear suspension has also been revised for a more compliant
and comfortable ride although it still retains its leaf-spring set-up for durability.
The exterior design still retains that upright, hard-wearing workhorse image
although the styling lines have been softened to appeal to owners who in the
past might have opted for a more shapely SUV. The 18-inch alloy wheels and other
brightwork finishes on the top-spec models add significantly to the Hilux's
improved kerb appeal.
there's more room, particularly in the rear where three passengers have ample
leg and headroom. Sited centrally in the high level fascia is a tablet-style
information screen that operates various functions including the Toyota Touch
2 with Go SatNav and connectivity system. Electric front windows and AirCon
are standard fit, as too is cruise control.
engine is new and it
more torque than the
previous 2.5 and 3.0-litre
252 to 295lb ft and
all delivered from
2.4-litre, 147bhp four-pot turbodiesel engine is also new and it produces significantly
more torque than the outgoing 2.5 and 3.0-litre diesel units up from
252 to 295lb ft and all delivered from just 1,600rpm.
Both the six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes have been revised for smoother
use, with slick gearchanges, and the transmission is upgraded to support the
engine's higher torque output. All UK versions have a high- and low-ratio transfer
box offering on-demand 2WD High, 4WD High and 4WD Low ratios.
All also have a locking rear differential for improved traction off-road, Hill
Descent Control, Hill-Start Assist, Active Traction Control and Trailer Sway
Control. The best-selling Invincible and Invincible X specification versions
have Toyota Safety Sense which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian
detection, lane departure warning and road sign assist.
On the roads around The Chilterns, in generally soaking wet conditions, the
Hilux handled predictably although care needs to be taken during cornering on
wet roads as rear-end grip in 2WD can be skittish, as it is with most unladen
pick-ups using rear leaf springs. Although the back suspension has been changed,
with longer rear springs to soften the ride without reducing the durability,
it terms of ride comfort it cannot match the conventional coil spring rear suspensions
used on SUVs and the new Nissan Navara Double Cab.
Although stronger with a new ladder frame chassis and strengthened loadbay,
the lighter weight new Hilux felt much more agile. With improved steering response,
the roadholding was generally trustworthy on winding roads, and more car-like
to drive than before.
town the Hilux was SUV-like, and its increased size didn't cause any issues
either in busy traffic or when parking unlike the new heavyweight Nissan
Navara Double Cab which in the same conditions feels huge and ponderous.
muddy forestry tracks
of the severity that
would test the likes of
a Land Rover,
the new Hilux made
light work of negotiating
tough terrain, including
fording a river...
on steep, muddy forestry tracks of the severity that would test the likes of
a Land Rover, the new Hilux made light work of negotiating tough terrain, including
fording a river. But then it does have all-wheel drive traction, enhanced by
electronics such as Hill Descent Control.
Whilst the ride can be firm on-road, off-road the longer suspension travel gave
really good chassis articulation, maximising grip when traversing deep tracks
and other natural obstacles. The precise power steering and smooth auto gearbox
also helped to make easy work of the heavy going off-road.
The lighter weight of the new vehicle also benefits the performance: with 147bhp
and 295lb ft of torque from 1,600rpm, the acceleration response from low to
medium speeds was willing and better than the official performance figures suggest.
Top speed is a modest 106mph and zero to 62mph is just as modest, taking 12.8
However, the Combined Cycle fuel consumption figures look better, with an official
36.2mpg for the automatic transmission. My test drive returned a real-life figure
of 34.6mpg and a brief drive in a six-speed manual version saw 36.9mpg against
a 40.4mpg official figure. The auto model has CO2 emissions of 204g/km (185g/km
with a manual 'box) and road tax is £225 each and every year.
Overall the World's most famous and best-selling pick-up has certainly been
improved in all areas. It will appeal to those who need to use their work vehicle
for family life, and with the recent demise of the Land Rover Defender this
latest Toyota Double Cab makes a very credible replacement. ~ David Miles
Hilux Invincible Double Cab 2.4 Auto | £31,350 (incl
Maximum speed: 106mph | 0-62mph: 12.8 seconds | Test Average: 34.6mpg
Power: 147bhp | Torque: 295lb ft | CO2: 204g/km