Hello and welcome to Clip Coffee .
It is a legendary four by four testing ground outside of Worcester in the Western Cape .
And we're here because we've organized a massive bucky shootout .
We're here to test the Isuzu K B against the V W Amarok against the new face lifted Ford Ranger .
And all of those are going up against the new Toyota Hilux , which I'm driving right now .
First up ride comfort and fuel consumption , we set up a 30 kilometer loop featuring stretches of tar and gravel and each tester drove each bucky once the consensus was that the Ranger offered a marginally better ride on both surfaces .
The Hilux has improved significantly over the previous model but is still quite firm .
The Isuzu K B lagged behind in terms of drive train refinement .
However , the ranger was the thirstiest with real world consumption of 10.5 liters to the 100 followed by the Amarok Hilux and Isuzu .
I wonder if there are some actual clip book around here .
There were some earlier .
They're so cute .
There's one , there's a clip book you probably can't see that .
So cute .
Look at him standing on a rock while 0 to 100 times are not too important in the world of leisure vehicles .
We set up an off-road drag race to test acceleration and off the mark traction .
The Amaro was the most impressive with its small two liter engine giving the Hilux and Ranger a proper run for their money in multiple runs .
The Hilux Ranger and Amaro were all very close while the Isuzu was a distant fourth .
The K BS previous generation power train is just not able to provide the burst of acceleration to keep up with the pack .
Next up was an excursion into the dunes .
Now , I know you might not encounter dunes on your way to work every morning , but this kind of soft sand is an excellent test of a four by four's ability in the rough stuff , especially at low range and only interestingly , only one of the vehicles we have here today doesn't have low range .
That's the Amaro .
All the other cars though are 44 by fours .
Oh goodness me .
Uh it's a lot of fun .
A lack of low range didn't seem to hold the Amro back as its eight speed gearbox adapted to the conditions very well .
The ranger has the most torque and the lowest torque peak which makes it capable out here , but it does have an overly sensitive throttle .
The Isuzu might have the least torque and the least gears but it felt at home out on the dunes with its gear ratios , something which was a negative out on the road .
Our new Hilux was at a disadvantage on sand with its manual gearbox , the auto would have been easier to drive and it has more torque .
450 Newton meters over the manuals .
If you have one of these cars , you really do have to try and come out here and get all sandy .
It's epic a feature making its way into Bucky from the world of S U V s is downhill assist control .
Now , the new Toyota has it .
The Ford has it .
Isuzu doesn't have .
And the Amaro has a clever system where you can adjust the speed of the downhill assist control .
It works by using the A BS and the gearing to maintain a very steady pace when you're going down a steep slope and it really works and I can barely stand on the slope that went well .
Besides the mishap from our driver in the Isuzu , all of the Bucky performed as expected on the slopes , coping with the steep descent and poor surfaces very well .
The new 2.8 liter engine in the Hilux delivers its power very smoothly which makes off roading that much easier .
The Ford does feel like it's the heaviest vehicle here which it is .
But the 3.2 liter engine with class leading power and torque makes up for the bulk with the lowest power outputs .
The Isuzu had to work the hardest to keep up .
But it did just that the AOC proved that only in extreme conditions .
Will you notice the lack of low range gearing coming down from the slopes ?
We set up for our next challenge .
Welcome to the quarry at Clip Boop where we have devised an exercise to test wheel articulation .
Now , we're using the new Hilux as a benchmark .
That tire is just , just touching the ground .
It really is at full extension .
So when the other vehicles come through here , we will be able to see if their back wheel touches the ground or lifts into the air .
Now , of course , the diff lock has locked both the back wheels , so all the vehicles should be able to get off of here really easily and to make sure that everyone travels the exact same line , we have laid this very scientific pole on the ground .
The Hilux wheel articulation is complemented by its impressive approach angle thanks to a slightly oddly shaped nose .
Next up was the AOC .
It seems to be the most road biased bucky here and its articulation seemed to be just shorter than the Hilux .
It must be noted that our test unit was fitted with a Volkswagen approved aftermarket lift kit , which we would recommend as it greatly improves the Amaro's capability .
Next up was the Suzu .
The K B performed well here easily matching the New Hilux .
And lastly the Ford Ranger , this was interesting as the heavy engine up front , pulled the whole car over lifting the rear of the ground , which isn't ideal .
After two days of exhaustive testing , I would now like to present to you a summary of sorts .
Let's start with the Isuzu .
I'll take you through the stats and then I'll tell you what we'd like and don't like about it .
Priced at 563,000 RAND .
It's the second most expensive car here after the Ford that has a three liter turbo diesel engine with 100 and 30 kilowatts and 380 Newton meters .
That's the lowest figure here .
However , its fuel consumption of 7.9 liters is the second best after the Toyota .
It only has a five speed auto , but it does have a decent five year warranty and five year service plan .
So things that we like about it .
Uh It's red , uh it's got decent rear space actually came second in our rear space test .
It really does feel like it's made of granite .
It feels like it's going to last .
It's a bit of a workhorse in that sense , but its workhorse feel means it doesn't really feel like a good leisure vehicle .
And in terms of drive comfort , it's quite far behind the rest of the group .
But as a low stress car , low stress drive train , it really does feel like it's going to last a lifetime , moving on to the Amro at 558,000 RAND .
It has a two liter bi turbo diesel engine with a consumption figure of 8.3 liters to 100 .
That's the second worst after the Ford .
It does have a great eight speed gearbox though with a four motion drive train .
It's the only permanent four wheel drive vehicle here .
100 and 32 two kilowatts and 420 Newton meters is almost exactly the same power as the new 2.8 liter in the Hilux .
It's got Park distance controller standard , a three year warranty and a five year service plan .
It will also tow three tons .
So here's what we like and don't like about it .
It's got a very good gearbox , probably the smoothest here .
It's very comfortable on road and it's better than you would expect off road only in extreme conditions .
Will you miss the fact that it doesn't have low range ?
It does seem to cope with just about everything we've thrown at it .
It's kept up with all the other cars here .
It's well built .
It's comfortable inside .
In fact , it actually feels a bit like an S U V but it's tied last for rear space with the Toyota , right ?
The new Hilux at 547,900 rand .
It is the cheapest double cab bucky here also has the best consumption figure of 7.6 liters to the 100 from its new 2.8 liter diesel engine , 100 and 30 kilowatts , 4 20 Newtons , as I mentioned earlier .
Same as the Amaro .
It's got seven airbags , a three year warranty and a five year service plan .
Here's what we like about it .
What we don't like the power delivery is excellent .
The new 2.8 liter is a peach .
We're really not going to miss the three liter D four D very quiet in the cabin as well .
The refinement is very good on the Toyota .
It's got a good looking dash , although we're not so convinced about some of the ergonomics .
Uh , for instance , the four by four knob is right by your knee .
It's a bit odd .
Uh It will now tow legally 3.5 tons of a weighted brake trailer , which is quite exciting if you're into that sort of thing .
However , the rear doesn't have great space .
In fact , it's tied last with the Amaro in our very , very scientific Hannes and I'll sit behind myself test .
Don't look at it from the side .
It looks a bit odd but no one cares about the looks anyway .
However , when it comes to the Ford , everyone does seem to care about the looks because everyone said that it's the best looking bucky here at 566,900 .
It's also the most expensive bucky here .
It's also the thirstiest with 8.5 liters to the 100 .
It's also the most powerful with 100 and 47 kilowatts and 460 17 Newton meters of torque from its 3.2 liter five cylinder engine .
Those figures are unrivaled here today .
It also comes with park distance control and seven airbags , a four year warranty and a five year service plan .
It will tow 3.5 tons as well as I mentioned , quite good looking , isn't it very chiseled jaw ?
Uh It's a good compromise between a leisure vehicle and a workhorse .
We like how spacious it is and it probably has the best ride both on and off road .
It is thirsty but it is very powerful .
So you've got to weigh that up in your purchasing decision , does offer the most talk , as I mentioned .
But what we don't like about it is an overly sensitive throttle which makes off roading a bit more difficult than it needs to be right .
There's your summary of all four vehicles to see our point scoring system and who we might have declared the winner .
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Thanks for watching .