Since its launch back in 1968, the Toyota Hilux has become iconic the world over and, as our world evolves, the demands on the Hilux has changed considerably also, writes Chris Johnson.

Even the lowest of budgets demands more than just a basic entry level vehicle, can you imagine going back to wind down windows and a cassette radio? Exactly, and with the Hilux range you definitely don’t have to.

The new Toyota Hilux 2.8 Double Cab

The new Toyota Hilux 2.8 Double Cab

Safety with all new vehicles is paramount and the new Hilux does not disappoint. All models come with a pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and road sign assist along with an array of air bags, brake assist, stability control, trailer sway control, downhill assist, hill start assist and so on.

The model tested was the range topping Invincible X 2.8 Auto.

Yes, you read that correctly - at last an engine capable of pulling the skin off a rice pudding!

Smoothly creating 201 BHP with a maximum torque of 500Nm, this version has heaps of muscle and it shows when out on the road.

The new Toyota Hilux 2.8 Double Cab

The new Toyota Hilux 2.8 Double Cab

Acceleration is very rapid, in fact it takes some getting used to if pickups are your daily chariot, but once settled you become aware of the SUV type experience and the ability to hold your own up hills on motorways is a welcome change.

Engine noise is lower than previous models and despite the increased grunt the stability is unaffected, probably down to the variable flow power steering which stiffens up as the speed increases yet remains gentle on the arms when manoeuvring at low speeds in the yard.

With a payload of one ton and a towing capacity of 3.5t throughout the range the ladder frame chassis along with the tweaks to the suspension this Hilux is definitely the best yet.

The new Toyota Hilux 2.8 Double Cab

The new Toyota Hilux 2.8 Double Cab

The driving position is comfortable, the media display (with Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™) is large and easy to use and there are the usual array of cup holders along with some reasonable storage compartments and a nifty little vent in the glove box to keep your liquid refreshments chilled.

Prices start from £23,413.33 (plus vat) to a whopping as tested price of £34,383.17 (plus vat) with various deposit contributions, and member discounts from the likes of NFU and Basc, these Hilux’s are achievable by all dependant upon specification. Plus don’t ignore the limited pickup market currently, with the demise of key vehicles from Nissan, Mitsubishi and others, the residual market for the Hilux will remain strong throughout its life.

Long lead times for most vehicles and equipment seems to be the norm these days but the new Hilux is definitely worth the wait as we predict that the units sold, especially with the epic 2.8 engine, will soon be at the top of the charts.

Go try one at your local dealers at least.


  • Awesome power
  • Market presence/high residual market
  • High specification throughout the range


  • Fuel stations could be more regular
  • Range topper is expensive
  • Waiting list