What is an Affordable SUV?
A sport utility vehicle is a car classification that combines elements of road-going passenger cars with features from off-road vehicles, such as raised ground clearance and four-wheel drive.
There is no commonly agreed-upon definition of an SUV and usage of the term varies between countries.
Affordable SUV Cars In South Africa
Affordable SUV to buy in South Africa:
1. Nissan Magnite – From R227 900
Nissan’s Magnite small SUV is offered with either a naturally aspirated 1.0-liter petrol engine with 53 kW and 96 Nm of torque (in Visia, Acenta, and Acenta Plus trim) or a more powerful 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine delivering 74 kW and 152 Nm of torque (in Acenta, Acenta Red Edition and Acenta Plus trim). Buyers have the choice between a 5-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
2. Citroen C3 – From R229 900
Citroen has introduced the new C3 to market to woo local buyers and the newcomer comes fitted with a naturally aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine with 61 kW and 115 Nm of torque and is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.
3. Renault Kiger – From R229 999
The new Renault Kiger is the cheapest compact SUV you can buy right now and is offered with 2 engine choices including a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine with 52 kW and 96 Nm as well as a more powerful turbocharged 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine with 74 kW and 160 Nm.
4. Mahindra XUV300 – From R267 999
The XUV300 is offered with either an 86 kW / 300 Nm 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine or an 81 kW /200 Nm 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine. A 6-speed manual is the only transmission on offer and the XUV300 is offered in either W4, W6, or W8 trim and can also be had in Special Edition (SE) guise.
5. Suzuki Vitara Brezza – From R269 900
Suzuki is renowned for producing value-for-money products and the Suzuki Vitara Brezza mini SUV hits the sweet spot.
The range is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine with 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque and can be had with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.
6. Suzuki Fronx – From R279 900
Suzuki recently introduced its new Fronx crossover to the market to complement its growing range of affordable cars.
The Fronx is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre petrol engine with 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque and can be had with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission in either GL or range-topping GLX guise.
What is the most fuel-efficient SUV in South Africa?
The updated XUV300 was introduced earlier in 2022 and Mahindra cracks the nod as the most fuel-efficient compact SUV currently on sale. The diesel-powered XUV 300 W8 claims just 4.6 L/100km while the W6 claims 5.0 L/100km.