The Double Cab version is the most appealing because it brings the option to use it for work and family life at the same time. The latest version features improved comfort and tech, while still being able to offer company car tax breaks for drivers of ‘commercial vehicles’ with a one tonne load capacity.
In Double Cab form, the Toyota is available in a wide range of trim levels, from entry-level Active – with air conditioning and Bluetooth – right up to the Hilux Invincible X with its sat-nav, heated seats and a suite of luxury and safety features including lane-departure warning and pedestrian detection.
The Hilux is more luxurious than ever, and you could easily drive one every day, yet it’s still a proper workhorse and as reliable as ever. It also has a wider load bay and bigger capacity than previous versions, so it’s more practical than ever.
As a pick-up truck and a commercial vehicle, the Hilux’s most important trait is how much it can carry and pull. Toyota is fully aware of this, which is why the current model has the biggest load bay and highest towing capacity yet.
The Hilux’s load bay length varies from 1,525mm in the double cab model to 2,315mm in the single cab. That’s pretty much on a par with rivals, but it’s width where the Hilux has made great strides.The load area on all models is a full 130mm wider than before, so if you’re often loading up wide items, it may be the best choice for you.
Reputation isn’t everything, but Toyota has been known as a maker of very durable products, and the Hilux in particular has always been an extremely tough and reliable vehicle.
The rugged box frame chassis and selectable 4x4 system underneath is a proven set-up, although the diesel engines in the Hilux have only been around since 2015. The engines use some advanced new tech to boost efficiency and performance, but we’d be surprised if they didn’t turn out to be as reliable long-term as the old-tech diesel units.