2019 Toyota HiLux Workmate Review | carsales

2019 Toyota HiLux Workmate Review | carsales


While it’s the 4×4 dual cab utes that hog
the limelight these days, let’s not forget the humble workhorses that remain true to
the ute’s origins. Models like Toyota’s Hilux Workmate cab chassis. Our single cab 4×2 test vehicle is powered
by Toyota’s 2.4L four-cylinder turbo diesel with five-speed manual transmission. With the various engine driveline and body
style variants available, it’s one of 12 Hilux Workmates out of a total line-up of 32 Hilux
models. And when it comes to getting down to business,
it’s hard to refute this single cab’s credentials, the model boasting an impressive 1,240 kilo
maximum payload and a handy brake towing limit of 2.4 tonnes. We loaded the Workmate’s alloy tray up for
a landfill trip Marie Kondo would be proud of, and the ute barely noticed the load. I did, however, because the extra weight in
the back went some way to taming this ute’s fierce leaf spring rear suspension. It’s certainly not designed for running around
empty, when the ride is significantly harsh. But then this is a pure workhorse after all,
and the suspension setup is built to get the job done. That it does. And, with neutral steering, excellent vision,
and surprisingly low levels of in-cab noise and vibration, it’s actually far more refined
than you might expect of an LCV. That, along with a smooth shifting five-speed
transmission and strong brakes, plus creature comforts like a large multimedia touchscreen,
Bluetooth streaming, effective air con, and excellent vision, have all helped the Hilux
dominate the 4×2 cab chassis and pickup market, where it outsells its nearest rival by three
to one. It attracts a 5-star NCAP safety rating too. And while there’s no reversing camera, it
does benefit from features like voice recognition, hill start assist, and front and side driver
and passenger airbags. It’s clear to us why Toyota’s Hilux Workmate
4×2 cab chassis is as popular as it is. It’s a worker through and through, yet it
has several features all aimed at making your working week safer, more productive, and more
comfortable.