Toyota Hilux 2018 RHD rear seats

Toyota Hilux review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

While the Hilux isn’t the cheapest of pick-ups out there, it’s certainly competitive against the Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200, and undercuts the VW Amarok by a considerable margin. The Hilux is also available with competitive finance deals. And as mentioned, the Hilux and all its competitors benefit from a flat rate tax cost that makes it more tempting, if not even cheaper, than a regular company car.

If you’re after a single or extra cab model, the only trim available is Active. This workmanlike spec still gets some luxuries, though, including auto headlights, heated electric mirrors, air con and even a front cool box. 

The next step up is Icon which gains alloy wheels, a chrome grille, front fog lights, side steps and a leather steering wheel. The infotainment system with DAB radio and reversing camera is also added, plus cruise control and a 4.2in information screen in front of the driver.

Invincible models get bigger wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and climate control. Toyota’s Safety Sense package featuring automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning also comes as standard (it’s an option on lower trims). The top trim is Invincible X which gets more chrome garnish, front and rear parking sensors, heated leather seats up front and the sat-nav. 

Euro NCAP rated the Hilux at three out of five stars for safety back in 2016. This is upped to five stars for trucks fitted with the safety pack, thanks to the inclusion of automatic emergency braking. The Amarok is rated at four stars by Euro NCAP, while the Ford Ranger gets the full five (tested in 2010).

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Verdict

One of the most capable pick-up trucks available, the Toyota Hilux is a famously competent choice. But as such, it still feels more workmanlike than most of the competition.

  • Good towing and payload capability
  • Reasonably well equipped
  • Impressive off-road
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Bouncy ride
  • Gruff engine