NOBODY wants to budge.

All bakkie lovers are convinced that their choice of bakkie should be crowned the king of double-cab bakkies.

And we understand this very well after getting a chance to put to test some of the best bakkies that were introduced to the Mzansi market this year.

But Leisure Wheels has taken the task upon themselves and will put all our favourite bakkies through a rigorous test to determine who will walk away with the title.

And this is no easy feat!

The bakkies are no longer just concerned about being good pick-ups, they are upping the game when it comes to comfort and good handling.

The manufacturers are outperforming each other with every bakkie to be introduced.

The battle is hot and almost real between sales leading Hilux, Ford Ranger Wildtrack and Raptor, Isuzu D-Max, Mercedes-Benz X-Class, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan’s Navara, Mahindra’s Pik Up, Land Cruiser 79 and VW’s Amarok.

Bakkie of the Year battle is on.

One cannot wait to see how Leisure Wheels magazine’s 2020 Bakkie of the Year competition ends the battle using a tight evaluation and scoring system.

The new format is squarely aimed at the average bakkie consumer and focuses on real-world, real-consumer needs and requirements.

Instead of focusing on pointless 0-100km/h acceleration time with a bakkie carrying no weight, organisers said they would push bakkies through their paces with a 500kg load, which is something real owners would experience when on the road.

This will be topped with a braking test from 100-0km/h with the same load and a towing test, where each bakkie will tow a loaded Bush Lapa off-road trailer weighing just under 1 300kg over the same route.

Handling will also come under scrutiny with vehicle analyst Jakes Jacobs checking the ISO 3888-1 emergency lane change of each bakkie.

Each loaded bakkie was tested at the Gerotek Vehicle Testing ground’s high-speed oval: slow laps, fast laps, stop-and-go laps, and in-gear acceleration laps.

The winner of the 2020 Bakkie of the Year will be announced early in the New Year.