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The best second-hand SUV for every budget

With almost all major brands offering an SUV option these days, knowing which vehicle is the right one for you is becoming more difficult.

In an effort to simplify your next second-hand SUV purchase, I used the popular car classifieds site AutoTrader and their most recent sales report to construct a list outlining the best second-hand SUVs in South Africa at four different prices.

The price brackets are:

  • R250,000
  • R500,000
  • R750,000
  • R1,000,000

Let’s get shopping.


According to the AutoTrader used car sales report, the Ford EcoSport took 9th spot for “Top 10 Used Cars Sold” in 2020 – at an average price of R216,957.

In light of this, the top pick for best used SUV under R250,000 – according to the South African people – is the EcoSport.

The 2018 Ford EcoSport 1.0T Titanium with 42,500km on the clock is currently going for R249,995.

Offering 92kW from its 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, the EcoSport is a nimble entry-level option.

It offers a claimed 5.4-litres/100km fuel consumption, a 4-year/60,000km service plan, and features such as:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Sat nav
  • Leather seats

The EcoSport is a great option for the buyer on a budget.


The AutoTrader used car sales report states the Toyota Fortuner took 5th place for “Top 10 Used Cars Sold” in 2020 – at an average price of R368,020.

This means you can find some Fortuners that are still in excellent condition in our R500,000 bracket.

A good example is the 2018 Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6 Automatic with 43,500km on the clock for R499,995.

This model is fitted with a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine that produces 130kW.

With one owner and a full franchise service history, according to the listing, this SUV offers excellent value.

The peace of mind that a name like Toyota brings – along with features such as an electric bootlid, hill descent control, and a reverse camera – is why the Fortuner is an attractive option at a reasonable price.


There are many great SUVs in this price range from the best brands in the world.

One of these being the 2018 BMW X3 xDrive M Sport with 13,000km on the clock for R749,950.

The X3 was updated in 2018 – which brought with it a new design, new interior, and updated features – and these are all included in this model.

Offering a 2-litre turbo-diesel engine that delivers 140kW, the X3 is able to go from 0-100km/h in 8.0 seconds.

Additional benefits included with this specific example are:

  • xDrive (BMW’s all-wheel drive system)
  • M Sport exterior package
  • Balance of the Motor Plan

The X3 is one of the best SUVs on the market for your hard-earned money.


Not just any old badge will suffice when you’re paying seven figures for a car.

At this level you need something with a bit more prestige.

For R1 million you will not get much better than the 2017 Porsche Cayenne GTS with 60,900km on the clock for R995,000.

Sporty styling, a luxurious interior, and serious performance are the main draws of this SUV.

With a 3.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that has 324kW on tap, the GTS is able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds – and onward to reach a top speed of over 200km/h.

It also receives the balance of a 5-year/100,000km Porsche Driveplan for added peace of mind.

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