Driven: 2019 Toyota Hilux Legend 50
The Toyota Hilux is one of the most well-known bakkies in our country. It’s known for being tough, reliable and even indestructible if we look back at the iconic Top Gear test. This is the newest Hilux and it’s called the Legend 50. We got to embark on an epic road trip with one to see if, like its name suggests, it is legendary. Here’s what went down.
The first thing you notice about the Hilux Legend 50 is that it genuinely looks good. It possesses a strange combination of premium and sporty that hasn’t really been seen on a Hilux before. There a huge gloss black grille up front that’s fitted between two daytime-running LED headlights. Below that, two LED fog lamps. Our test unit was finished in a gorgeous orange colour called ‘Inferno Metallic’ which really contrasted well with the black grille. There’s also a lot of chrome around the Hilux, such as on the side mirrors, door handles and a few other places. The rear features smoked taillights and a high mounted LED brake light.
Open the door and you’re treated to the sight of a black leather interior. The seats, gear knob and multifunction steering wheel are all finished in leather while the dashboard and upper doors feature durable plastic. Air-conditioning and one-touch function electric windows can be found on each of the four doors. Infotainment is displayed on a touchscreen display at the centre of the dashboard, complete with radio, CD, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The screen doubles as a reverse camera when needed. Driver support features like
Anti-Locking Brakes, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Hill Assist Control, Active Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Drive Mode Select, Trailer Sway Control and Downhill Assist Control are all standard on the Legend 50.
We drove the Toyota Hilux Legend 50 Double Cab 2.8GD6 4X4 model, which is powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine. It produces 130kW of power and 420Nm of torque which is fed to all-wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox. Toyota claims that it will do 0-100km/h in 11.2-seconds with a top speed of 180km/h. It also features multiple settings to get the perfect 4x4 setup for when you put your 18-inch alloys on the dirt or mud. Toyota also claims an average fuel consumption figure of 7.6-litres/100km but the lowest we could ever get the consumption to was 9.4-litres/100km.
That’s one of the Hilux Legend 50’s biggest flaws. It’s a very thirsty car and even with Economy mode engaged, it still refused to use less than 9.4-litres/100km. Aside from that, it feels like a bakkie should. Its imposingly large, spacious and loud. The manual gearbox provides a refreshing alternative with a lot more control and the overall driving experience is enjoyable. The torque kicks in with ferocity and the power never lets you down when you need to overtake. There’s a cruise control function for the long drives and it works pretty well, too. It’s well put-together and from a starting price of R654,100, it’s a great contender in today’s pricey double-cab market.