Best-selling SUVs in South Africa right now – including price and performance

The Toyota Corolla Cross has already become a major force in the passenger car market in South Africa in its brief existence – registering as the top-selling SUV in the country in March.

National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa data showed that the Japanese carmaker sold 2,384 units of the crossover vehicle last month, placing it ahead of the Volkswagen Polo Vivo and only behind the Toyota Hilux in all classes.

Toyota now dominates the SUV market, thanks to the new Corolla Cross, the Urban Cruiser (1,196), and Toyota Fortuner (1,082).

The Corolla Cross slots in between Toyota’s other options, such as the C-HR and the RAV4 models in terms of size and powertrain configuration, and comes in at a starting price of R360,400.

Hatchbacks and SUVs dominate the landscape in South Africa when it comes to the type of car consumers prefer to drive, whether it be their strong price appeal, design, or driving comfort, and ability to navigate some of the more challenging road conditions in the country.

Top-selling vehicles for March 2022

  1. Toyota Corolla Cross – 2,384
  2. Toyota Urban Cruiser – 1,196
  3. Toyota Fortuner – 1,082
  4. Ford EcoSport – 866
  5. Haval Jolion – 798
  6. Hyundai Venue – 780
  7. Renault Kiger – 718
  8. Volkswagen T-Cross – 702
  9. Vitara Brezza – 663
  10. Renault Triber – 652
  11. Suzuki Jimny – 440
  12. Hyundai Tucson – 379
  13. BMW X3 – 313
  14. Haval H6 – 290

Despite not being included in the following list, the Suzuki S-Presso, which claims to be a ‘baby SUV’, sold 558 units in March, making a strong impression on young consumers due to its unique boxy styling and affordability.

Here are the top-selling SUVs for March 2022:


Toyota Corolla Cross – 2384 units sold.

  • R360,400
  • 6.8L/100km
  • 103kW, 172Nm


Toyota Urban Cruiser – 1196 units sold.

  • R272,200
  • 6.2L/100km
  • 77kW, 138Nm


Toyota Fortuner – 1082 units sold.

  • R623,200
  • 6.8L/100km
  • 110kW, 400Nm


Ford EcoSport – 866 units sold.

  • R304,500
  • 6.4L/100km
  • 91kW, 150Nm


Haval Jolion – 798 units sold.

  • R317,900
  • 7.5L/100km
  • 105kW, 210Nm


Hyundai Venue – 780 units sold.

  • R266,500
  • 6.5L/100km
  • 61kW, 115Nm


Renault Kiger – 718 units sold.

  • R204,900
  • 5.3L/100km
  • 52kW, 96Nm


Volkswagen T-Cross – 702 units sold.

  • R368,900
  • 4.8L/100km
  • 70kW, 175Nm


Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 663 units sold.

  • R248,900
  • 6.2L/100km
  • 77kW, 138Nm


Renault Triber – 652 units sold.

  • R193,400
  • 5.5L/100km
  • 52kW, 96Nm


Suzuki Jimny – 440 units sold.

  • R318,900
  • 6.3L/100km
  • 75kW, 130Nm


Hyundai Tucson – 379 units sold.

  • R519,900
  • 8.9L/100km
  • 115kW, 192Nm


BMW X3 – 313 units sold.

  • R896,224
  • 5.2L/100km
  • 110kW, 350Nm


Haval H6 – 290 units sold.

  • R441,900
  • 7.4L/100km
  • 150kW, 320Nm


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Best-selling SUVs in South Africa right now – including price and performance