In previous Spotong reviews of affordable Asian imports, including JMCs, despite the obvious successes, there have been plenty of crosses to go with all the ticks we have made next to each of them.
However, with the new JMC Vigus, we finally feel like we have found a real contender for a bakkie to replace the stalwarts in the market at the moment. We cannot attest to the Vigus’s longevity or how it will hold up under the scrutiny of day-to-day life, but what we can tell you for certain is that its current price range, there is simply no competition.
The Vigus we tested was the Single Cab 4x4 SLX with a 2.4 litre engine. There is also a double-cab version and a petrol engine, but the model we tested was the top-of-the-range version and we were highly impressed. The first thing that struck us was the size. The load bay was enormous. It felt like it was big enough to pack all the competition in the back and ship them off to the junkyard. The interior space was ample and comfortable for both passengers and although it lacked loads of interior storage space, you didn’t feel cramped and you could still store the essentials behind the seats.
However, with the new JMC Vigus, we finally feel like we have found a real contender for a bakkie to replace the stalwarts in the market at the moment.
The Vigus drives very well. The turbo diesel engine delivers ample power (88kW), plenty of torque (290Nm) and is nippy, responsive and fun to drive. The model we tested comes in 4x4, but you can also get a 4x2 version, LX and SLX versions.
The Vigus has leather seats, power steering, air-conditioning and all other basic amenities to make it a winner in our books. Prices start at R201 880 for the bottom-of-the-range model and can get into the high R300 000s, but all things considered, you will find it impossible to match the JMC Vigus offer.