Top 10 best-selling SUVs in South Africa – with prices

South Africa has an undisputed king of the road when it comes to suburban utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossovers.

First introduced in the country in 2006, Toyota launched its third generation Fortuner in March 2016, which meant a slow start to the year in terms of sales as loyal customers waited patiently for the new arrival.

Toyota sold only six older models in February, and 352 in January ahead of the launch.

By the end of August however, data from Naamsa and Lightstone showed that Fortuner is still a clear favourite for South Africans.

BusinessTech looks at the top 10 best-selling SUV and crossovers in SA so far in 2016, up to the end of August.

 # Vehicle Price from
 1 Toyota Fortuner R438,000
 2 Ford EcoSport R247,900
 3 Toyota RAV R367,000
 4 Mazda CX-5 R319,500
 5 Nissan X-Trail R344,900
 6 Ford Kuga R375,900
 7 Nissan Qashqai R306,900
 8 Renault Captur R249,900
 9 Renault Duster R239,900
 10 BMW X1


Toyota Fortuner – Price from R438,000

The 2016 edition of the Fortuner has eight models in South Africa, and has already sold  7,809 units since March.

The Fortuner 2.7 VVTi RB 6AT starts from R438,000, while the top of the range model, the 4.0 V6 4×4 6AT, starts from R659,000, and boasts the following specs:

  • kW175 @ 5200 r/min
  • Nm376 @ 3800 r/min

toyota-fortunerFord EcoSport –  Priced from R247,900

The second best-selling SUV, albeit a ‘compact’ crossover, is the Ford Ecosport, at 7,639 units by the end of August, thanks to its competitive price.

The car ranges from R247,900 for a 1.5 TiVCT Ambiente, to a 1.5 TDCi Titanium PowerShift, starting at R306,900.

The top of the range model boasts an impressive fuel economy of 4.6L/100km.

ford_ecosportToyota RAV –  Priced from R367,000

In a distant third position is the Toyota RAV, having sold 3,471 units so far in 2016.

The 2.0 GX is priced from R367,000 and has the following specs:

  • kW107 @ 6200 r/min
  • Nm 187 @ 3600 r/min

The top of the range 2.2 D VX AT is priced from R547,000 and includes the following specs:

  • kW110 @ 3600 r/min
  • Nm 340 @ 2000-2800 r/min

Rav 4Mazda CX-5  – Priced from R319,500

The Mazda CX-5 initially launched in SA in 2012 was the first vehicle to introduce Mazda’s KODO-Soul of Motion design to the local market.

Since Mazda launched a refreshed CX-5 in 2015, the mid-size SUV has seen great success, with 2,720 units offloaded so far in 2016.

The 2.0L Active FWD Manual MY15 starts at R319,500, while the 2.2L DE Akera AWD Automatic MY15 is priced from R465,400 and offers 129kW @ 420Nm.

mazdacxNissan X-Trail – Priced from R344,900

The third-generation Nissan X-Trail, launched locally at the end of 2014, and has sold 2,040 units in 2016 thus far.

Headlining the engine line-up, four X-Trail derivatives – in XE, SE and LE specification – are available with a 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged diesel engine which produces 96 kW at 4,000 rpm and 320 Nm at 1,750 rpm.

Complementing the 1.6dCi models, two 2.5 SE derivatives are available exclusively with Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), and four-wheel drive.

Power from this normally-aspirated petrol engine is 126 kW at 6,000 rpm, with torque of at 233 Nm peaking at 4,000 rpm.

The 2.0 XE is priced from R344,900, while the 1.6dCi LE 4WD starts from R514,900.

NissanXTrailFord Kuga – Priced from R375,900

While Ford lovers await the new arrival of the facelift Kuga, the current batch of eight variants continue to sell very well, with 1,755 units offloaded this year.

The 1.5 EcoBoost Ambiente FWD is priced from R375,900 and has the following specs:

  • kW110 @ 5700 r/min
  • Nm 240 @ 1600-4000 r/min

The 2.0 TDCi Titanium AT AWD is priced at R533,900 and boasts the following specs:

  • kW132 @ 3750 r/min
  • Nm 400 @ 2000-3250 r/min

fordkugaNissan Qashqai – Priced from R306,900

The Qashqai has seven variations for sale in SA, and sold 1,745 units up the the end of August.

The DiG Turbo Visia is priced from R306,900, while the 1.6DCI Acenta AWD starts from R427,900.

The former model has the following specs:

  • kW85 @ 4500 r/min
  • Nm 190 @ 2000 r/min

The top of the range model boasts an impressive fuel consumption of 5.3l/100km.

  • kW96 @ 4000 r/min
  • Nm 320 @ 1750 r/min

NissanRenault Captur – Priced from R249,900

The Captur just squeezes into the crossover category and is based on the Renault Clio – with a raised ride height.

The sporty looks and attractive price has meant that the Captur has managed to outsell the Duster, with 1,647 units.

The Captur has five variants available including:

  • Captur Expression 66kW Turbo – priced from R249,900
  • Limited Edition Captur 1.5 dCi Dynamique – priced from R292,400
  • Captur Dynamique 88kW EDC Turbo – priced from R304,900

renault_capturRenault Duster – Priced from R239,900

The India-made Renault Duster launched in South Africa in September 2013 and in June this year, the local subsidiary celebrated the sale of 10,000 units in the country.

Do date in 2016, 1,549 units have been sold.

The Duster also has five variants available including:

  • Duster 1.6 Expression 77kW 4×2  -priced from R239,900
  • Duster 1.6 Dynamique 77kW 4×2 Limited Edition  – priced from R259,900
  • Duster 1.5 dCI Dynamique 80kW 4×4 – priced from R304,900

BMW X1 – Priced from R476,400

The sportiest of the top-selling SUVs, BMW has sold 1,404 X1 units so far in 2016 – having launched a bigger, more rugged looking version into the market a year ago.

The basic X1 basic model, the sDrive 18i, starts at a price of R476,400, and has the following specs

The xDrive25i  – an 8–speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic, starts at a price of R651,900, with the M Sport package priced from R692,600.


SUVs outside the top 10:

  • VW Tiguan- 1,314 units
  • Ford Everest – 1,155 units
  • Toyota Prado 945 units
  • Audi Q3 – 944 units
  • Mitsubishi ASX – 931 units

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