Kelly recently commandeered the keys to the S11 and came away surprisingly impressed
Mahindra has been in South Africa for a long time, but it’s only in recent years that the brand has become more well-known among the masses. This spike in popularity was due to the fact that the Indian marque launched a range of entry-level passenger cars in the South African market in recent years. However, those in the know will understand that the brand, while making in-roads into the passenger car market, is better known for its pick-ups and workhorses. Mahindra may not be the first choice for many South Africans for a bakkie, but honestly, their vehicles are worth considering.
Take the S11 pick-up for example. We spent a week at the helm of this bakkie and we enjoyed every second with it. Here’s why.
What is it?
The Mahindra S11 pick-up is a hardy double-cab bakkie. The one that we had is the newly launched automatic version – a model that South Africans were the first to get. Standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen that gives you access to the radio, Bluetooth capability, navigation and more. There is also climate control, a reverse camera (which comes in handy on a car of this size) and a multifunction steering wheel. It’s an aggressive looking vehicle with a large body, wide stance and formidable-looking front end.
What is it like to live with?
Well, considering that the arrival of this steed coincided with a house move, I’d say it’s very very nice to live with. Nothing was too tough for the S11 during our move. It carried everything from boxes to a small garden shed with ease. And in between when we needed food (read pizza), it managed shopping trips just fine too. Perhaps the only uncomfortable thing about this Mahindra is that the grab handle is not next to the A-pillar, but rather at the top of the door. For someone as short as I am, that’s really not helping me get into the vehicle. That being said though, I can’t fault this car anywhere else. We were actually sad to see it leave as we enjoyed it so much.
What’s under the bonnet?
Powering this S11 is a 2.2-litre turbo diesel with 103 kW and 320 N.m. This is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. We found this set-up to be quite pleasant as we moved from one house to the next to the pizza place and back again.
I really friggin’ like it hey. Mahindra bakkies are strong and solid. They have built up a good reputation and that brand itself is only growing from strength-to-strength in South Africa. If you’re in the market for a double-cab that can take you from moving furniture to the mountain should you wish to the pizza place, then yes – this needs to be a consideration. It’s just under R430k for the most expensive, fully kitted out version – I’m talking everything is thrown in on this one. You would be hard-pressed to find another double-cab bakkie capable of offering you something similar at this price point. And that’s not even talking about the lower-priced one. Just go test drive it and see for yourself please.
Quick Stats: Mahindra S11 Pik-up
Price: R384 999 – R429 999
Powertrain: 2.2-litre turbodiesel, 103 kW and 320 N.m