The sports utility vehicle has turned into a dominant class for motorists in South Africa over the past while. Such is the popularity of driving a raised platformed vehicle, that manufacturers have in recent years moved into producing crossovers, blending style with a slightly more rugged drive.
SUVs are traditionally built on pickup truck platforms, while a crossover is built on a sedan platform.
Speaking on the launch of its new convertible cabriolet at the end of February, Volkswagen said that the demand for SUVs is so great that the company is now gearing primarily towards that market.
SUVs are currently making a key contribution to the growth of the Volkswagen Group’s core brand.
By 2020, the brand intends to expand its SUV range globally to 20 models, which will account for 40% of the vehicles sold by Volkswagen.
And Volkswagen is not the only brand that has felt the shift, with both Jaguar and Rolls Royce recently announcing that they will be producing new SUV models, while Ford has also committed towards increasing its production in this segment.
BusinessTech looked at the current SUV and crossover markets in South Africa based on Naamsa’s February 2018 data, to provide an indication of the market leaders in this ever growing category.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are representative of base models.
|Ford EcoSport||814||R255 400|
|Hyundai Creta||443||R324 900|
|Mazda CX-3||333||R287 900|
|Renault Captur||233||R234 900|
|Suzuki Jimny||92||R261 900|
|GWM M4||69||R189 900|
|Opel Mokka X||52||R337 300|
|Mitsubishi ASX||48||R364 995|
|Suzuki Vitara||44||R274 900|
|Nissan Juke||31||R299 900|
|Volkswagen Tiguan||498||R403 900|
|Hyundai Tucson||450||R379 900|
|Mazda CX-5||363||R382 700|
|Nissan X-Trail||284||R371 500|
|Nissan Qashqai||278||R334 900|
|Renault Duster||214||R244 900|
|Kia Sportage||202||R377 995|
|Toyota Rav4||189||R391 100|
|Toyota C-HR||141||R324 900|
|BMW X3||134||R687 506|
|Toyota Fortuner||1 006||R467 500|
|Ford Everest||393||R459 900|
|Toyota Land Cruiser Prado||118||R821 700|
|Toyota Land Cruiser 200||104||R999 900|
|BMW X5||89||R1 021 664|
|Range Rover Velar||88||R950 208|
|Land Rover Discovery||76||R958 886|
|Mahindra XUV500||46||R279 995|
|Volvo XC90||44||R941 424|
|Mitsubishi Pajero Sport||35||R569 995|