Hot Topic: Toyota Hilux Legend vs Isuzu V-Cross
Ok, the big question you might be asking is, why are we not comparing the new Hilux to the new Ford Ranger? The problem is that the new Ranger is so far ahead of the competition that it would be unfair. However, the ISUZU V-Cross is a more suitable competitor to the ever-dominant Hilux. Here are the essential things you need to know about these two vehicles and how they compare.
Let's start with the ISUZU V-Cross.
Emphasising its rugged yet modern and refined look, the all-new ISUZU D-MAX in V-Cross guise is bolder and sportier than ever. This is evident by the fresh and more aggressive front fascia and grille.
Slimmer, more angular lights, including Bi-LED projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights on the high-series models, give the new ISUZU V-Cross a distinctive on-road presence. The V-Cross also gains added cladding on the exterior to further enhance its rugged character. The vehicle's body is designed to withstand harsh conditions, with its robust design and high ground clearance of 225mm.
The ISUZU V-Cross's interior is designed to provide a comfortable ride for passengers while being practical for off-road use. The vehicle's spacious cabin can comfortably seat five passengers, and the rear seats can be folded to provide additional storage space.
The V-Cross has various convenience features, such as a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and USB ports. The vehicle also features automatic climate control, power windows, and keyless entry. However, the touchscreen can be a bit more sophisticated as it offers the minimum and relies on smartphone connectivity for better operation.
There are also some issues regarding cheap plastics that one interacts with regularly. While we understand this is a bakkie, it shouldn't be agricultural, especially in 2023.
What we do like, however, is the engine! The V-Cross uses an upgraded 3.0 Ddi engine, optimised for more torque at lower engine speeds, superior pull-off and acceleration, significantly reduced noise levels and optimised consumption. In its latest guise, the 3.0-litre unit delivers 140kW of peak power at 3 600 r/min, with its maximum torque figure of 450Nm available from 1 600 to 2 600 r/min.
What about the Hilux Legend?
There is no denying the fact that the Toyota Hilux is South Africa's favourite bakkie. It is constantly topping the sales chart month after month, and with demand for the locally built icon on the rise, it is considered the segment leader. Here is how it stacks up to the V-Cross.
The Toyota Hilux Legend has a muscular, aggressive look that will turn heads. The vehicle is designed to be both rugged and stylish, with a bold front grille, sleek headlamps, and sharp creases on the body. The vehicle's exterior is designed to withstand harsh weather conditions with its robust frame and high ground clearance.
The Toyota Hilux Legend is powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine that produces 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque. The vehicle has a six-speed manual transmission, but an optional six-speed automatic transmission is available. One of the main advantages of the Hilux Legend is its off-road capabilities.
Like the ISUZU, it performs well when the going gets tough, thanks to being tried and tested.