Expert Review - JMC Vigus Pro Mk1 (2021-Present)
9 November 2021
Overall, the kit list leaves much to be desired, but those looking for a mechanically polished pick-up truck below RM100,000 can give the Vigus Pro a real consideration. We are not fans of the basic cabin appointments, but objectively, as a package, it is a decent alternative workhorse.
The 2.0 litre turbodiesel is based on an older Ford engine, but it makes 141 PS and 340 Nm, which is not far from the outputs of the Toyota Hilux 2.4L and Isuzu D-Max 1.9L. For the everyday drive, the engine is sufficiently torquey and responsive at low to medium loads.
Ride & Handling
The Vigus Pro is very well sprung, and the ladder frame platform it sits on doesn't feel primitive in the slightest. However, the steering wheel feels completely disconnected from the car, which can upset driver confidence.
Ride quality is actually fairly decent, but the seats are fairly average. Rear passenger seating is a bit more upright as well, which may induce fatigue on longer journeys.
With just two frontal airbags, front and rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD and traction control system, the Vigus Pro is sorely underequipped here.
Overall, the cabin doesn't feel too crammed, but it is lacking the much-needed stowage spaces. The cargo bed is also slightly smaller compared to the competition.
At below RM100k, the Vigus Pro is actually a decent alternative workhorse that is rather polished, mechanically.