Toyota HiLux Rugged X 4WD Ute 2021 Review

Toyota Rugged X HiLux Road Test Review 2021

Toyota adopts a more Rugged X look with its upmarket HiLux version now with more power. In early 2018 Toyota moved its HiLux range upmarket with the introduction of the Rogue and Rugged X.

2020 Toyota HiLux Rugged X.Now with 150kw and 500 Nm the 2020 upgraded Rugged X boasts 3.5T towing capacity, revised suspension and power steering as well as a recalibrated 6 speed auto transmission all of which are welcome improvements.


2020 Toyota HiLux Rugged X.

Comfort features include leather heated front seats, Larger 8 inch centre screen display, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, and a premium JBL 9-speaker sound system.

2020 Toyota HiLux Rugged X.

Rugged X additions include special redesigned grill, heavy-duty front springs, snorkel with a reversible head, red-painted front and rear recovery points, heavy-duty rock rails, recreational sports bar, moulded tub tray with tailgate protection, and a heavy-duty rear bumper with integrated step all of which are fully engineered into the core vehicle and covered by the standard factory warranty.
2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X
Impressive lighting performance includes outboard driving lights and a centrally mounted LED light bar.

Fully equipped for off-road adventures straight out the showroom, the Rugged X is priced from $69,990 plus the usual costs.
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2020 Toyota HiLux Rugged X.

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Very Stylish
  • Improved power and torque
  • 4WD and towing capability
  • Missing some safety features
  • Sports bar a little intrusive
  • Pricey

2020 Toyota HiLux Rugged X.

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2020 Toyota HiLux Rugged X.


Toyota HiLux Rugged X  

Model PriceFrom $69,990 MLP*
Engine2.8 L Four Cylinder Turbo CRD
Drivetrain 4WD  6 speed Auto
Power150 kW @ 3400 rpm
Torque500 Nm @ 1600  – 2400 rpm
SafetyFive Star  ANCAP (tested 2019)
CO2 Emissions254 g/km
Tow Capacity / tow ball rating3500kg / 350kg
Economy ADR / Tank8.4 L/100km 11.9 L/100km over our test / 80L
Servicing12 months / 15,000 km FixedPrice service available
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

 *MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means recommended drive away price including all dealer costs.

2020 Toyota HiLux Rugged X.

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose9
Towing Ability / off road ability10
Technology / connectivity8
Value for Money8

2020 Toyota HiLux Rugged X.


Overall Length5350mm
Width / Height1935mm / 1815mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 236mm / TBC
Approach / Rampover / Departure (degrees)N/A
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle67 Litres / 11.6mts KTK
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload2316kg / 3050kg / 5850kg / 734kg
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating3500kg / 350kg

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    Overall Rating - 8.5/10


Toyota HiLux Rugged X – Fully equipped for off-road adventures straight out the showroom, the Rugged X is priced from $69,990 plus the usual costs.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.