South Africa is a vast, rugged space, which can demand vehicles big enough to handle its landscape, yet luxurious enough for the everyday driving experience.
And while the smaller, more affordable crossover SUVs have excelled in the local market over the past few years, the premium models continue to thrive in one of Africa’s richest countries.
BusinessTech looks at some of the most expensive SUVs on South Africa’s roads.
Volvo – From R1 117 700
The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Geartronic AWD R-Design delivers a claimed 235 kW and 400 Nm of power.
The Swedish automobile has a 2,400kg towing capacity, and luggage capacity of 1,686 litres.
Grand Cherokee – From R1 190 990
The Grand Cherokee SRT 6.4L SRT8 pushes out 344 kW @ 6,250 rpm.
It has a 3,200kg towing capacity, while a custom paint job costs around R5,000, and a Panorama Sunroof is about R18,500 extra.
Toyota Land Cruiser – From R1 228 700
The biggest of the Toyota offerings has been dubbed the Master of Africa, due to its go-anywhere ability.
The 4.5 V8 VX diesel offers a peak power delivery of 173 kW @ 3,200 rpm.
The turbo-diesel V8 has a fuel consumption of 10.3l/100kms, a 3,500kg towing capacity, and luggage capacity of 1,276 litres.
Infiniti – From R1 308 000
The Infiniti QX80 is powered by a 5.6 litre V8 petrol engine and is capable of 298 kW/560 Nm mated to a seven-speed auto.
The vehicle division of Japanese automaker Nissan says the QX80 boasts a fuel consumption of 14.8l/100kms, and has a 3,856kg towing capacity.
Lexus – From R1 456 600
The Lexus LX 570, is the premium SUV in its range, boasting a 5.7 litre V8 engine.
The Japanese car can achieve a maximum power of 270 kWs @ 5,600 rpm.
It has a towing capacity of 3,175kgs.
BMW X5 – From R1 777 000
The BMW X5 MA (Sport) is capable of 423 kW @ 6,500 rpm.
It’s fast, with an acceleration of 0–100 km/h in around 5 seconds and a fuel consumption of 11.1l/100kms.
The X5 has a 3,500kg towing capacity, and can hold 650 litres of cargo with the rear seats in place.
BMW X6 – From R1 813 500
The X6 Sports Activity Coupé is also capable of pushing out 423 kW of power @ 6,500 rpm.
It has an acceleration of 0–100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and a fuel consumption of 11.1l/100 kms.
The X6 has a 2,700kg towing capacity and can hold 570 litres of cargo.
Range Rover Sport – From R 2,016,400
The Range Rover Sport LR-V8 supercharged 5.0 Litre Petrol has 405 kW of power.
The new edition to the Range Rover Sport line-up, the SVR, is the fastest SUV ever built by the company. It claims a maximum speed of 260 km/h, accelerating to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds using 405 kW and torque of 680 Nm.
It has a fuel consumption of 13.7l/100kms.
The British made car has a 3,000kg gross towing load, with a boot capacity of 784-litres.
In 2015, the Range Rover Sport set a land speed record and became the fastest official production SUV in South Africa.
Mercedes Benz – From R 2 246 900
The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC has a powerful AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine, pushing out 420 kW @ 5,500 rpm.
The German engineered luxury car has an impressive towing capacity of 3,400kgs.
Porsche – From R2 255 000
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S contains a twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8 engine, dishing out 419 kW (570 hp) of power at 6,000 rpm, and reaching a top speed of 284 km/h.
It has a fuel consumption of 11.5l/100kms.
Mercedes – From: R 2 307 000
With its 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 exceeds its renowned predecessor the G 55 AMG by 47 kW, delivering 420 kW and 760 Nm of torque.