Living With It – Toyota Hilux Raider X Limited Edition

Having clocked considerable hours with our Toyota Hilux Raider X, Siya Mbaduli has grown to appreciate the 'less is more' mantra. Read his thoughts here. The post Living With It – Toyota Hilux Raider X Limited Edition appeared first on CAR Magazine.

Living With It – Toyota Hilux Raider X Limited Edition

Having clocked considerable hours with our Toyota Hilux Raider X Limited Edition, I’ve come to appreciate the wisdom in the saying “less is more.” In spirited driving, the excess bells and whistles often feel unnecessary, and simplicity takes the lead.


Time spent: 1 Week

Distance covered: 450 km

Average fuel consumption: 7.8l/100 km

Driver: Siyavuya Mbaduli

We like: Well-designed blend of power and minimal design

We don’t like: Old school headlamps

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Steering my way from a compact, high-tech crossover to this robust bakkie felt like a considerable shift. Initially, the contrast was stark, going from a nimble crossover to a hefty bakkie. It took a bit to get used to the bakkie’s bulk on the road but once I settled in, its substantial build offered a sense of assurance. Despite the initial awkwardness, the heavier feel of the bakkie soon became a source of confidence, altering my driving dynamics in a positive way. The transition, though unexpected, turned out to be surprisingly smooth, and I found myself appreciating the comfort and reliability of this vehicle.

Related: The Limited-Edition Hilux Raider X Makes a Lot of Sense

Staying close to its siblings, the 2.4 GD-6 4×4 doesn’t stray far in terms of exterior features. The Hilux Raider X showcases 17-inch black alloy wheels with striking red insert details on its wheel arch extensions. The distinctive look is rounded off with a unique grille and a louvred rear-styling bar. These added features may not scream ‘new’ to the untrained eye, but let me tell you, they sure grab attention among Hilux aficionados and bakkie enthusiasts alike.


Beneath the surface lies the reliable 2.4-litre diesel powerplant, utilizing a DOHC 16-valve, inline 4-cylinder setup. Generating a solid 110 kW and 400 N.m of torque, it kicks in smoothly from a readily accessible 1 600 r/min. Handling its own weight with ease, this engine propels the Hilux Raider X with conviction through each shift. The six-speed manual box surprised me – it’s a rarity in our garage. Yet, it proved to be a walk in the park, offering precision and a seamless driving experience seldom found in manual bakkies.

Stepping into the Raider X is like a nostalgic journey, reminiscent of the bakkie glory days in 2015. The interior vibes resonate with the feel of a Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D Raider Double Cab, though with modern upgrades. Forget about the 12-inch portrait-style centre touchscreen you’d find in a new Ford Ranger. Leather seats and Miko suede elements are also off the table. Instead, the Raider X keeps it simple with seats wrapped in contemporary fabrics. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system takes centre stage, boasting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. No surprises here – sunvisor mirrors are absent as well because, well, Hilux drivers have better things to do than check their reflection.


The Hilux Raider X left a lasting impression, proving itself as a versatile and reliable bakkie. Its seamless transition between eco and power modes showcased a smooth driving experience, adapting effortlessly to various road conditions. The performance on incline roads was notably impressive, with the engine delivering power without the deafening roar often associated with hill climbs.

In contrast to the Isuzu D-max, the Hilux Raider X maintained composure, making uphill journeys more refined. The well-designed blend of power and control makes this bakkie a standout choice. If you’re in the market for a reliable, adaptable, and comparatively quiet performer on the road, the Hilux Raider X deserves serious consideration.

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