Top 10 best selling SUVs in South Africa

New vehicle sales in South Africa continues to spiral downwards in 2015 amid economic pressure.

For September, sales declined 9% year-on-year, the largest so far in 2015.

Statistics from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa, showed that 50 251 new vehicles were sold in the country in September, down significantly from 58,943 in the same month in 2014.

BusinessTech looks at the 10 best selling SUVs from the total list of published by Naamsa.

1. Ford Ecosport – 919

Ford EcoSport

The best selling SUV, albeit a ‘compact’ crossover, is the Ford Ecosport, which is the 12th best selling car in the country overall in September.

The utility vehicle is the third best selling vehicle by Ford in the country, behind the Ranger and Fiesta, selling 919 units during last month.

The car ranges from R217,900 for a 1.5 TiVCT Ambiente, to a 1.5 TDCi Titanium, at R274,900.

2. Toyota Fortuner – 570

Toyota Fortuner

The Toyota Fortuner sold 570 units in September, and is classed as a mid-sized SUV. This Toyota banker is the 19th best selling vehicle overall in SA.

It is priced from R399,500 for a 2.5 D-4D, to R567,200 for a 4.0 V6 4X4 Auto boasting an impressive maximum power of 175 kW at 5200 r/min.

3. Renault Captur – 420


The Renault Captur is the new kid on the block in the growing crossover SUV class, having launched in the country in May.

Being french, the Renault brand has its skeptics, however it’s popularity has soared following the introduction of the most recent Clio model.

The Clio is the 14th best selling car in the country according to the most recent figures, while the new Captur is 23rd on the overall list.

Price ranges from R219,900 for the Captur Expression 66kW Turbo, to R279,900 for the Captur Dynamique 88kW EDC Turbo.

4. Toyota Rav4 – 413

Rav 4

At 24th on the overall best sellers list with 413 units, the Toyota Rav4 is an old favourite in SA, stretching back to its original launch (who can forget the original advert – Claudia Schiffer in hiking-boots).

It’s price ranges from R317,800 for a 2.0 MT GX, to R480,800 for a 2.2 D AT VX, with the top of the range version giving a maximum power of 110 kW at 3600 r/min.

5. Ford Kuga – 300


Another Ford, this time the older slightly bigger brother of the Ecosport, the Kuga. With 300 units sold last month, this model is the 31 best selling car in SA.

The Kuga 1.5 EcoBoost Ambiente FWD starts at R329,900, with the Kuga 2.0 EcoBoost Titanium Auto AWD priced at R449,900.

Add R20,000 for a styling pack.

The latter model has a  maximum power of 132 kW at 5700 r/min.

6. Nissan Qashqai – 266


The Nissan Qashqai brand is among the most popular cars ever built by the Japanese company.

The Qashqai sold 266 units in September giving it an overall ranking of 32.

The Nissan comes at a starting price of R289,900 for a Visia 1.2T 2WD, beating out 85KW, to an Acenta AWD, priced from R396,700 for a 1.6dCi providing 96KW at 4000RPM.

7. Nissan X-Trail – 231


Nissan launched its crossover, the new X-Trail, in South Africa in 2014. It sold 231 units in SA in September, making it the 36th top car in SA.

The X Trail starts at R329,900 for a 2.0, moving up to R378,300 for a 1.6dCi 4WD.

8. Volkswagen Tiguan – 221

VW Tiguan

The first showing on the list for VW, given that its Volkswagen Polo is the number one biggest seller in the country, the Tiguan comes in at 38th on the overall list, with 221 units sold last month.

The 1.4 TSI boasts 90kW using BlueMotion Technology  and is priced from R340,900. The 2.0 TSI 4Motion  puts out 103kW @ 4200 r/min price from – R499,200

9. Jeep Grand Cherokee – 166

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep pushed out a winner in the Grand Cherokee for those looking for a masculine ‘merican’ muscle car.

At 49th best selling car in SA with 166 units, Jeep has done well considering its price.

This brand starts at R724,990 for a 3.6L V6 Limited, going up to R1 099 990 for a monster 6.4L SRT8.

10. Toyota Prado – 164


The Prado is a South African legend, ranked as the 50th best selling car in the country with 164 units last month.

This beast starts at R700,600 for a 3.0 Diesel TX Auto, and from R810,200 for a 3.0 Diesel VX Auto (with Sunroof), which pushes out 120 KW @ 3400 r/min.

Other SUV’s that sold more than 100 units in September include:

54. Mitsubishi ASX – 145
57. Land Rover Discover Sport – 137
58. Renault Duster – 130
59. Audi Q3 – 127
60. Jeep Cherokee – 124
61. Land Rover Discovery – 115
62. BMW X5 – 112
64. Suzuki Jimny – 105

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