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Parkers Van Deal of the Week 24/10/14

  • Toyota Hilux for less than £15,000 plus VAT
  • One of the toughest and most robust vehicles
  • Comes with three year or 100,000 mile warranty

While it may not be a van, this deal on the Toyota Hilux from ‘Square 1 Vans’ is too hot not to feature. The Toyota Hilux is highly regarded as one of the most robust vehicles on the road, and now it can be yours for just £14,989 plus VAT, a saving of £2,240 off the list price.

Stiff competition

When the Hilux went head-to-head with the Nissan Navara and the Mitsubishi L200 in our pickup triple test, it won us over with its value, reliability and fitness for purpose. Other notable contendants in this category include the Isuzu D-Max, Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok.

A born performer

In the engine bay is Toyota’s renowned 2.5-litre D-4D engine, which also features in the Hiace and Land Cruiser, and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It is tuned to 142bhp, which is the lower of the two power outputs, and can achieve up to a respectable 36.0mpg on the combined cycle, but crucially for heavy duty operators, it can generate 343Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm.

Like most pick-up trucks, the Hilux will carry more than 1000kg in its load bay to ensure it is exempt from VAT for business users. The dimensions of the cargo area are greater than the outgoing Hilux and comparable with the new Nissan Navara.

The Hilux has a robust feeling interior and a finish more typical of that found in one of its passenger cars. It might not have the type of upmarket materials as found in the Avensis, but it's built to the same standard, and features air conditioning, a CD player with USB and MP3 connectivity and remote control locking as standard.

Sales and aftersales

The good news when it comes to aftersales is that Toyota how upgraded the dire three year, 60,000 mile warranty to one which covers 100,000 miles. Click here to read the full review of the Toyota Hilux or click here to see the latest deals.