A budget of R700,000 opens a wide range of luxurious options to car buyers, with top-of-the-line features and great safety scores all available.
Below, we have listed five options along with their specifications – as found on TopAuto Car Prices.
Kia Sorento 2.2CRDi LX
The Sorento is Kia’s largest seven-seater SUV, and one of its most luxurious.
The entry-level trim on display here offers dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, cruise control, leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, and an 8-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
In the safety department, you get a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, along with a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, impact-sensing door locks, hill-start assist, and front, side, and curtain airbags.
Under the hood sits a 2.2-litre, turbo-diesel engine that produces 147kW and 440Nm, driving the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
This allows a combined fuel consumption of 6.3l/100km, a maximum cargo capacity of 605 litres in five-seater mode, and a maximum towing capacity of 2 tonnes.
The Kia Sorento 2.2CRDi LX has a South African price of R679,995.
Each model is sold with a 5-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, a 5-year/100,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.
Lexus ES 250 EX
The Lexus ES is a stylish alternative to the German luxury sedans, with this entry-level model costing much less than most of its competitors.
It also gets a features list any owner would be happy with, comprising standard heated and electrically-adjustable front seats, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a Lexus Premium audio system with smartphone mirroring.
Furthermore, it comes with top-of-the-line assistance features like a reverse camera, all-round parking sensors, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, hill assist control, ABS, and side, knee, curtain, and front airbags.
It scores a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating as a result.
This specification is fitted with a 2.5-litre, petrol engine delivering 152kW and 243Nm, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel consumption remains low at 6.6l/100km, and the boot carries up to 420 litres of cargo.
The Lexus ES250 EX has a South African price of R689,800.
Along with this you get a 7-year/105,000km warranty and maintenance plan.
Isuzu mu-X 3.0
Bakkie-based, seven-seater SUVs are plentiful in South Africa – and the Isuzu mu-X stands out among the crowd.
It is offered in two specifications, with this entry-level trim being rear-wheel-drive only.
Leather seats, climate control with rear vents, all-round electric windows, a multi-information display, cruise control, and a 6.5-inch infotainment display with a reverse camera and integrated navigation are all standard here.
The Australasian NCAP then gave it a 5-star safety rating.
Powering the SUV is a 3.0-litre, turbo-diesel motor delivers 130kW and 380Nm, while the drive is handled by a six-speed automatic transmission.
This lets it tow up to 3,000kg, carry 612kg of cargo, and use fuel at a rate of 7.3l/100km.
The Isuzu mu-X 3.0 has a South African price of R695,600 – which includes a 5-year/120,000km warranty, a 5-year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year/120,000km roadside assistance.
The BMW 3 Series has been a local favourite for many years.
In its 318i guise, the sedan offers 480 litres of cargo space, cruise control with emergency braking, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and an 8.8-inch iDrive infotainment display.
Its safety features are top-notch, too, with attentiveness assist, follow-me-home headlights, dynamic traction control, all-round parking sensors, run-flat tyres, ABS with cornering brake control, and dual front airbags.
The BMW 3 Series range also scores a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
This model sports a 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol motor that puts out 115kW and 250Nm to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Combined fuel consumption then comes in at 6.3l/100km.
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D Xtreme
The Mitsubishi Triton Xtreme is the top-of-the-line model in the brand’s bakkie line-up, with the company stating the Xtreme package is a “R100,000 value package at only R40,000”.
The specification pack adds a distinctive exterior look, a sport gear shifter, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
This is in addition to a 5-star Australasian NCAP safety rating.
Under the skin, it remains largely the same as the standard bakkie, with a 2.4-litre, turbo-diesel engine generating 133kW and 430Nm.
The Xtreme, however, does get a new electronic off-road assistance system coupled to the Super Select II four-wheel-drive system.
This puts maximum towing capacity at 3,100kg, maximum load capacity at 1,030kg, and combined fuel consumption at 8.3l/100km.
The Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D 4×4 Xtreme has a South African price of R699,995.
Included in the price is a 3-year/100,000km warranty, a 5-year/90,000km service plan, and 5-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance.