Mahindra S10 Pik Up Review - 2.2 MHAWK 4x4 Double Cab

  Calvin Fisher


Perhaps Calvin Fisher is biased towards honest motoring of old. Perhaps he’s just a fan of the underdog. He’ll confess to both, but with the Mahindra S10 Pik Up he’ll also confess to a rough and ready double-cab bakkie with more comfort than you might expect. It might not be easy on the eye, but at R354k all-in, it’s certainly easier on the pocket. Oh yes, and also, he kinda loves this thing.

Carshop Likes:
Land Rover Defender levels of ruggedness
Genuinely capable underpinnings
Great value

Carshop Dislikes:
The full name’s a bloody mouthful hey
I guess it’s a bit rough around the edges for some (not me)
Micro-Hybrid Stop/Start function not convincing

If looks could kill

Look, maybe I’m a sucker for the underdog, or perhaps a lover of boxy things, but for all it’s off road credentials we’ll eventually discuss, in truth I’m already sold on the aesthetics. If you call it ugly, I won’t fight you – just know that I find it endearing for the very same reason.

Sort of like a bulldog, it’s face a mess of folds and creases and the rest of its body even more so, it’s those puppy dog eyes (headlamps now lined with running LED lamps for eyebrows) that make me want to show it its best life.

I just said I find the Mahindra Pik Up cute! It’s an honest interpretation of ye olde double cab bakkie, dare I say more old Land Cruiser than Hilux with miniscule alloy throwing stars for wheels in each gaping corner. Its (long) profile features a scored crease from its nose, via fender vents featuring a Powered-by-mHAWK logo, to its bum where a 4x4 decal lives. At 5175mm long, it’s about the length of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But this is where similarities end.

Beautiful on the inside

A comfortable interior and better appointed than you might think

Divisive exterior aside, hop aboard and immediately I arrive at a 1980’s British band who named their debut single after themselves, Living in a Box. But this is no cardboard box, rather a late 90s era bakkie cabin that’s better appointed than you’d expect.

There’s plenty of headroom in the tall and narrow cabin, also two airbags here (plus ABS and EBD, although no ESP) and a generally improved cabin versus the old Scorpion. The panel gaps are no longer chasms, the materials are fairly pleasant to the eye and to the touch and it’s all been rendered in subdued shades of dark grey (practically black really) with the occasional silver accent thrown in hither and thither.

The crown jewel is the new multimedia screen and audio system, another great reminder of the Mahindra’s 2018 aspirations. Even the instruments ahead of the driver get a stylishly futuristic overhaul without coming across as tacky. Colour us genuinely impressed.

Styling issues aside, the interior and Instrument cluster, especially, is bang up-to-date

Getting on with it

Your money, R355k of it, buys you a 4-cylinder 2.2litre turbodiesel with a mHAWK badge on it. It’s good for 103kW and 320Nm, is rowed via a six-speed manual ‘box and sips allegedly to the tune of 7.4l per 100kms from an 80 litre fuel tank.

The experience is rough, but very lekker. While it isn’t meant to be a consummate highway cruiser, this new drivetrain combination means venturing north of 120kph is possible and it doesn’t have to be a terrifying experience either. There’s a lot of torque and it’s availed early on in the rev range and with total conviction which means the above experience happens just over 2000rpm.

It also means that the Pik Up is well suited to challenging terrain, especially with the marque’s 4WD system complete with a low-range transfer box for shifting with the rotary knob between 2H, 4h and 4L modes.

They’ve also included something they like to call a Micro-Hybrid system. It’s essentially a Stop/Start system and it is not a very good one. I like to think of it as a Stop-Sometimes-Start system, and disengaged it most times.

Okay, let’s wrap this up

The Mahindra S10 Pik Up is agricultural I guess, rough and ready but with some serious potential for life beyond that of a mere workhorse. You could definitely live with one with onlookers perfectly oblivious to how comfortable the living quarters are, how frugal the journey can be and of course there’s the fact that it will roll over almost anything you put in its path.

Who’s it for then? Well, anyone who doesn’t feel the need to spend a fortune on a machine that doesn’t mind getting its wheels dirty, nor its load bay neither. Did I mention that I kinda love it?

Mahindra S10 Pik Up 2.2 MHAWK 4x4 Double Cab Specs:

Price                 R354,995.00
Engine                 4-cylinder 2.2 litre turbodiesel
Power                 103kW
Torque                320Nm
Six-speed manual
Fuel Tank Size
80 litres
Average Fuel Consumption
7.4 l/100km
CO2 Emissions
221 g/km

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