Best-Selling SUVs in South Africa

Despite a decline in new car sales in 2018, market figures reveal an interesting trend. A comparatively high percentage of South Africans are opting for the sleek lines, robust body architecture and rugged off-road performance of SUVs.

More affordable sports utility vehicles like the Toyota Quantum, Toyota Fortuner and VW Tiguan are the key movers and shakers in the mid to lower end of the market.

In the luxury SUV category, it’s an all-out tussle between the two Toyota terrain-tamers, the Prado and Land Cruiser, and the always competitive Range Rover/RR Sports.

According to November 2018 sales figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (NAAMSA) earlier this month, these are the gravel-grunters that are prompting South Africans to wedge open their wallets.

South Africa’s most popular standard SUVs

Compact, affordable and with all the features for a dust-up on South Africa’s most rugged roads, the best-selling standard SUVs in November are dominated by the reliable Toyota marque. The Japanese automobile manufacturer grabs the first and second spots, with a collective total of 2580 units sold.

An SUV expected to do well in South Africa is the updated Kia Sportage, a powerful yet compact vehicle that offers a smooth, responsive ride on all road surfaces.

The flagship SUV from the Korean manufacturer was only launched in Cape Town on November 21 but has already claimed a significant market share.

Here’s a list of the most popular compact and medium-sized SUVs, based on the latest sales figures:

Toyota Quantum – 1694 units

Toyota Fortuner – 886 units

Volkswagen Tiguan – 612 units

Mazda CX-5 – 428 units

Kia Sportage – 427 units

Ford Everest – 405 units

Ford EcoSport – 400 units

Luxury SUVs in South Africa with top sales figures

This year, the sales figures for the more expensive luxury sports utility vehicles, with sophisticated security features and all the mod cons, are significantly lower than the standard SUV category.

In fact, total sales for the top nine luxury SUVs was only 426 for the month of November, almost four times lower than that of the sales of the top selling standard SUV, the Toyota Quantum.

The three top performers in the luxury SUV market have been dominating the best-sellers list for most of the year.

If it’s not the Toyota Cruiser that’s amassing the most sales, it’s the Range Rover/RR Sports, with the Toyota Prado hovering in the second or third place.

As of November 2018, here are the best-selling luxury SUVs on the South African market:

Toyota Land Cruiser – 85 units

Range Rover / RR Sports – 84 units

Toyota Prado – 68 units

Land Rover Discovery – 47 units

Range Rover Velar – 38 units

Jaguar F Pace – 34 units

Volkswagen Touareg – 30 units

Volvo XC90 – 22 units

Audi Q7 – 18 units

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