Crossovers offer a good blend of car-like comfort with SUV-like features.
You won’t have to spend too much on getting these qualities in South Africa either, as a the country’s cheapest passenger car is classified as a crossover.
On TopAuto Car Prices, we found this car and four other crossover competitors, and have detailed them below.
Nissan Magnite 1.0 Turbo Acenta
The Nissan Magnite is the newest, as well as most expensive, crossover on this list.
This entry-level model sports a cabin packed with features such as keyless entry and start, cruise control, a reverse camera, rear parking sensors, fabric seats, automatic air conditioning, and an 8-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
It also achieves a 4-star Asean NCAP safety rating, and comes with front driver and passenger airbags, brake assist, hill start assist, 16-inch alloy wheels, and LED headlights.
Under the hood, there’s a 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol motor that generates 74kW and 160Nm, paired with a five-speed manual transmission.
The combination achieves a 5.3l/100km combined fuel consumption, a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 11.7 seconds, and a top speed of 173km/h – and it carries 336 litres of cargo in the back.
The Nissan Magnite 1.0 Turbo Acenta has a South African price of R256,999 – which includes a 6-year/150,000km warranty, a 3-year/30,000km service plan, and 6-year/150,000km roadside assistance.
Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xi
The Toyota Urban Cruiser is a close competitor to the Magnite, in terms of features, price, and power.
It comes as standard with keyless entry and start, manual air conditioning, electric windows, and a Toyota Display Audio system that provides Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Toyota Connect.
It has not gone through any official safety tests, but provides driver and passenger airbags, rear parking sensors, ABS, 16-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, and automatic LED headlights.
Powering this model is a 1.5-litre petrol engine delivering 77kW and 138Nm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels.
Combined fuel consumption comes in at 6.2l/100km, and with all five seats up this crossover can carry 328 litres of cargo.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5Xi has a South African price of R247,900 – which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 3-services/45,000km service plan.
BAIC X25 1.5 Comfort
The BAIC X25 has a unique design that features 16-inch alloy wheels across the range.
On the inside, the entry-level derivative is fitted with a leather multifunction steering wheel, fabric seats, all-round electric windows, a manual air conditioner, and a 7-inch infotainment display with Bluetooth connectivity.
It gets ABS with brake assist, driver and passenger airbags, rear parking sensors, and daytime running lights. The X25 has not gone through any official safety tests, though.
The 1.5-litre petrol motor produces 85kW and 148Nm, and a five-speed manual transmission sends power to the front wheels.
This lets it achieve a 6.5l/100km combined fuel consumption, and an average fuel range of 692 kilometres per tank.
The BAIC X25 1.5 Comfort has a South African price of R219,990 – which includes a 5-year/120,000km warranty, a 4-year/60,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 G80 K2+
The cheapest Mahindra KUV100 does not come with a radio or speakers. You’ll have to go one level up to get the speakers, and one more to get the accompanying system that uses them.
What this model does get, however, is 14-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, interior power sockets, a manual air conditioner, vinyl seats, under-floor storage, ABS with EBD, an engine immobilizer, and driver and passenger airbags.
The AA reported that it achieved a “moderate” safety rating, by scoring 50/135 total points in their testing.
The entry-level model is driven by a 1.2-litre, petrol motor that generates 61kW and 115Nm, paired with a five-speed manual transmission.
Combined fuel consumption for the KUV100 comes in at 5.9l/100km, and a total cargo capacity of 243 litres is available with all five seats up.
The Mahindra KUV100 Nxt 1.2 G80 K2+ has a South African price of R154,999 – which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 2-year/50,000km powertrain warranty.
Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 GL
The Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 GL is the cheapest cheapest passenger car in the country.
Inside, it comes with electric front windows, manual air conditioning, a 12V socket, rear parking sensors, dual front airbags, and ABS with EBD.
This trim is fitted with a 1.0-litre petrol engine that delivers 50kW and 90Nm, and a five-speed manual transmission.
A combined fuel consumption of 4.9l/100km is achieved, and 239 litres of cargo can be carried with all the seats up.
The Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 GL has a South African price of R149,900 – which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty, a 3-year/30,000km service plan, and a roadside assistance plan.