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Toyota HILUX DIESEL Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]

Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
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Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]
Toyota HILUX Icon D/Cab Pick Up 2.4 D-4D TSS [3.5t Tow]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG40.40
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed106 mph
  • C02185 g/km
  • BHP
  • Torque lbs/f
  • P11D%


Although the Toyota Hilux has forged a reputation as something that cannot be killed, a little luxury inside still plays well with buyers and the latest eighth generation model serves up a more refined feel aided by its more sophisticated 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine. The styling changes also give it a more upmarket look yet prices have remained reasonable.

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The eighth generation version of Toyota's indestructible Hilux pick-up effectively builds on a strong heritage. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.


The Toyota Hilux found instant fame when Top Gear decided to crash one, have it washed out to sea, burnt and finally set atop a dynamited tower block and yet still it started and drove. This cemented a reputation for rugged durability that had built up over many years. Sheer cockroach-like indestructibility is an undoubted asset but the British pick-up buyer is looking for something more. With an increasingly sophisticated set of rivals, the Hilux needed to become a bit easier to live with. The improvements made to this MK8 model address that issue. Not only is it classier looking, but there's a more efficient 2.4-litre diesel beneath the bonnet, plus the interior feels a good deal plusher. None of the Hilux's essential toughness has been compromised in the process but you might now value your pick-up too much to subject it to the worst excesses.

Driving Experience

The key thing about this new-generation Hilux lies with the installation of its new 2.4-litre D-4D Global Diesel (GD) engine. With 400Nm of torque, pulling power is improved over the old 2.5 and 3.0-litre diesel units, plus there's enhanced efficiency too. All variants feature all-wheel drive, while the Invincible and Invincible X models at the top of the range offer the option of a six-speed automatic gearbox. Both transmissions have been extensively revised to improve durability and low-speed driving performance, with quieter, smoother gear changes. Both manual and automatic Hilux have a top speed of 106mph; acceleration from nought to 62mph is 12.8 seconds for the auto and 13.2 seconds for the manual. Under the skin, there's a new ladder-frame chassis that gives the vehicle a 20% increase in torsional rigidity, improving improved handling, ride comfort and refinement. The robust leaf spring and twin shock absorber rear suspension system has been extensively revised to provide off-road articulation capabilities and SUV-like ride comfort and handling stability. The Hilux is equipped with a switchable all-wheel drive system featuring a high and low-ratio transfer case, and both front and rear locking limited-slip differentials. The improved low and medium speed torque delivery of the 2.4-litre diesel engine and the increased strength of the redesigned ladder-frame chassis together enable an increase in towing capacity to 3.5 tonnes.

Design and Build

The most obvious change to the latest Hilux is its exterior styling. It's 75mm longer, 20mm wider and 45mm lower than before and aims to display its combination of toughness and refinement in a sleeker frontal design which features a unified arrangement of the upper grille and headlamps and a deeper bumper housing a large lower grille. The bonnet wraps over the front wheel arches to reinforce the vehicle's solid, road presence while the line of the second horizontal bar in the upper grille extends into the headlamp units to form a distinctive daytime running light arrangement, featuring 12 white LEDs. Inside, the cabin's been redesigned with the centre console now dominated on most models by the Toyota Touch 2 integrated, seven-inch multimedia touchscreen. The revised driver's instrument binnacle features large, analogue speedometer and tachometer dials either side of a 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display. And the more premium appearance of the cabin is reinforced by metallic-effect details on the dashboard, door trim, instrument binnacle, steering wheel and gear lever bezel. A consistent blue tone has been introduced for the instrument backlighting.

Market and Model

Prices range from just over £19,000 to around £30,000, excluding VAT and there's a choice of 'Active', 'Icon', 'Invincible' and 'Invincible X' trim levels. As before, the Hilux is being offered in Single, Extra and Double Cab body styles and prices start from just over £19,000 ex vat. In keeping with their working vehicle profile, The Single and Extra Cab versions are offered only in the entry-level Active specification. Double Cab models are available in all grades. All variants come decently equipped with Bluetooth, a cooled front storage box, driver and front passenger airbags with optional driver knee and curtain shield airbags. You also get Hill-start Assist Control, Downhill Assist Control, follow-me-home headlight function, turn indicators integrated in the electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors and Isofix child seat anchors on the Double Cab model. At the top of the range, there are features like Smart Entry and Start, LED headlights, automatic headlamp levelling, electric steering wheel adjustment, Vehicle Stability Control and a locking differential. Plus niceties like 18-inch alloys, automatic air conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights and chrome side bars with steps. Toyota's 'Safety Sense' package has also been added to the range, providing a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist.

Practicalities and Costs

There's plenty of space in the loadbay, one cubic metre in the Double Cab model, a figure that rises to 1.2m3 in the Extra Cab version and 1.5m3 in the Single Cab variant. In the Double Cab, there's 1545mm of loadspace length and 1515mm of loadspace width, narrowing to 1100mm between the wheel arches. There's 450mm of loading height and a total payload capacity of up to 1,060kg, depending upon the version you choose.


The Toyota Hilux has always scored well with those who need a tough pick-up that drives better than the class norm. Rival manufacturers have aped this formula and added a more refined feel to their wares and the Hilux felt as if it was falling off the pace a little. The eighth generation version's round of revisions give the big pick-up the sort of classy feel that you'd expect from Toyota, building in a plusher interior and a front end that borrows from the Land Cruiser. That it can do this while retaining the appeal to lifestyle drivers who need a vehicle with good hauling capabilities and easy access speaks volumes about the essential rightness of the car's engineering. The latest 2.4-litre diesel engine certainly has a lot to be said for it. With three different body styles and four trim levels to choose from, there should be enough variation in the range to suit most on and off-road requirements. The Hilux offers high levels of comfort and equipment, bomb-proof engineering and remains relatively cheap to run. Expect this one to run and run.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Body coloured front bumper
Chrome door handles
Chrome door mirrors
Chrome trim on radiator grille
Dusk sensitive lights
Electric front windows with one touch drivers window
Electrically retractable door mirror
Follow me home headlights
Front fog lights
Green tinted glass
Headlamp levelling
Headlight washers
Heated rear window
Heated/electric door mirrors with integrated indicators
Laminated rear window privacy glass
Mud flaps front and rear
Side steps
Trailer sway control
Variable front wipers
Perimeter alarm
Lockable tailgate
Remote central locking
17" alloy wheels
Full size spare wheel
Driver Convenience
4.2" Multi information display
Cruise control
Fuel heater
Lane departure warning system
Lights on warning buzzer
Pre collision system with pedestrain detection
Rear view camera
6 speakers
Digital radio (DAB)
Touch 2 audio + Bluetooth + MP3 Connectivity
USB and auxiliary socket
Interior Features
220V power socket
Carpet covered floor
Centre console coolbox
Centre console with lid, storage and armrest
Cloth upholstery
Driver seat height adjuster
Leather steering wheel with mounted audio controls and leather gear knob
Locking glovebox
Manual air conditioning
Rear seat tip-up function
Tilt adjustable steering wheel
Child proof rear door locks
Driver and passenger airbag
Driver knee airbag
Front seatbelt pre-tensioners + force limiters
Isofix child seat preparation
Rear seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters
Side and curtain airbags
2 12v sockets
Brake assist
Downhill Assist Control (DAC)
Hill start assist
Load sensing proportioning system
Rear differential lock with auto disconnect
Road sign assist
Traction control
Vehicle stability control
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.136
CO2 185
HC+NOx 0.095
Noise Level dB(A) 72
NOx 0.082
Particles 0.0013
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Automatic Transmission No
Bore 92
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2393
Compression Ratio 15.6:1
Cooling System WATER
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Codes 2GD-FTV
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Fuel Type DIESEL
Gears 6 SPEED
Manual Transmission Yes
Number of Valves 16
Stroke 90
Valve gear DOHC
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Yes
EC Combined 40.4
EC Extra Urban 44.8
EC Urban 34.4
Badge Engine CC 2.4
Badge Power 150
Battery Volts 12
Front Suspension DOUBLE WISHBONE
Ghost model for valuation purposes No
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 82
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 83
NCAP Safety Assist % 63
Rear Brakes DRUM
Rear Suspension LEAF SPRINGS
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
Vehicle Homologation Class N1
0 to 60 mph (secs) 12.8
BHP 150
Engine Power KW 110
Engine Power RPM 3400
Engine Torque LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque MKG 40.8
Engine Torque NM 400
Engine Torque RPM 1600
Top Speed 106
Alloys? Yes
Automatic Clutch No
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 265/65 R17
Tyre Size Rear 265/65 R17
Tyre Size Spare FULL SIZE
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Front Overhang 1000
Height 1815
Length 5330
Load Deck Height 480
Load Length 1525
Load Width 1540
Rear Overhang 1250
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.8
Turning Circle - Wall to Wall 13.4
Wheelbase 3085
Width (excluding mirrors) 1855
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 80
Gross Train Weight 5850
Gross Vehicle Weight 3210
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 3500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 2015
No. of Seats 5
Payload 1195


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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Entertainment system - DVD/twin iPad with twin dock/master/iPad holder £900.00
Entertainment system - Single DVD with twin dock/master £750.00
Entertainment system - twin DVD with twin dock/master/master £1,250.00
Entertainment system - twin DVD with twin dock/master/slave £1,000.00
Entertainment system with twin docks and single iPad holder £400.00
Entertainment system with twin docks and twin iPad holder £500.00
Exterior Features
Line-x over rail £540.00
Line-x under rail £540.00
Metallic paint £545.00
Pearlescent paint £750.00
Sport deck - Aluminiium Roll N Lock + Bedliner £1,800.00
Sport deck - Aluminiium Roll N Lock + Line-x £1,900.00
Sport deck - Aluminium Roll N Lock with Hi-Over + Bedliner £2,400.00
Sport deck - Aluminium Roll N Lock with Hi-Over + Line-X £2,500.00
Sport deck - Hard TC + Bedliner £2,000.00
Sport deck - Hard TC + Line-x £2,100.00
Sport deck - Hard TC with Hi-Over + Bedliner £2,200.00
Sport deck - Hard TC with Hi-Over + Line-x £2,300.00
Tow bar with 7pin electrics £450.00
Towbar with 13pin socket £500.00
Towing 3 - towbar with 13 pin and ball £600.00
Towing 4 - towbar with 7 pin and ball £550.00
Parking pack - Hilux £550.00
Style pack - Hilux £725.00
Metallic - Avantgarde bronze £545.00
Metallic - Crimson spark red £545.00
Metallic - Decuma grey £545.00
Metallic - Galaxy black £545.00
Metallic - Nebula Blue £545.00
Metallic - Silver blade £545.00
Pearl - Pearl white £750.00
Solid - Pure white FOC
Alarm £360.00
Cloth - Black FOC
17" 6 Double spoke black/machined alloy wheels £900.00
17" 6 Spoke black/machined alloy wheels £850.00
* option prices shown are estimated