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Buying a new SUV in South Africa – What you get for your money

A shiny new sports utility vehicle is certainly on most people’s wishlist, and the vehicle type has seen a rapid rise in popularity in recent years.

While a BMW X5 with M Sport package or a rugged-looking new Land Rover Defender are top contenders, there cars start at well over R1 million.

This begs the question: what type of new SUV do you get for your money locally if your budget is below this?

To find out, we picked four new models at varying price points:

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

These vehicles are detailed below.

R250,000 – Mahindra XUV300

At R250,000 the options for a new SUV are quite limited, but a standout entry is the Mahindra XUV300

Coming in at a starting price of R249,999 the Mahindra offers a range of features, along with high-end safety – taking home the award for safest SUV in the compact SUV segment, awarded by the Global New Car Assessment Programme.

The Mahindra is a reasonably sized entry-level SUV that is fitted with either a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine or a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produce 81kW and 86kW of power and 200Nm and 300Nm of torque, respectively.

Notable features include:

  • Seven airbags
  • Hill hold assist
  • Leatherette seats
  • Rear parking camera
  • Front parking sensors
  • Dual-zone climate control

A 5-year/150,000km warranty and a 5-year/90,000 km service plan is offered with the XUV300.

R500,000 – Nissan X-Trail

Doubling your budget opens a wide array of options.

However, if you were hoping for German engineering you would need deeper pockets still.

At R498,700 a popular pick for a new SUV is the Nissan X-Trail 2.5 Acenta 4WD CVT.

The Acenta is driven by a 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 126kW of power and 233Nm of torque.

Power is then put down to all wheels through Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission.

Notable features include:

  • Hill control support
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Limited slip differential
  • Advanced drive-assist display
  • Automatic hazard warning signal

With Nissan Assured, you will receive a 3-year/90,000km service plan and a 6-year/150,000km warranty.

R750,000 – VW Tiguan

At three quarters of a million rand, you can expect to start cracking the high-end market.

The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Highline – with a starting price of R709,900 – is up there in terms of luxury and practicality.

Featuring a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a maximum output of 162kW and 350Nm of torque, it is paired with a 7-speed automatic DSG gearbox.

This sends power to all the wheels via its 4Motion system.

The R-Line trim specification can then be added for an additional R22,500, which brings along several cosmetic upgrades, while staying below our budget.

Notable features include:

  • Voice control
  • Hill descent control
  • 8-inch media display
  • Keyless locking and start

Volkswagen offers a 3-year/120,000 km warranty and a 5-year/90,000 km service plan when buying your Tiguan.

R1,000,000 – Porsche Macan

A million rand is not a small amount of money to spend on a car, no matter which way you spin it.

So you would expect nothing but the best – and the Porsche Macan aims to deliver this.

With a starting price of R1,019,000, the Macan features a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 185kW of power and 370Nm of torque – which is then paired with a 7-speed double-clutch PDK transmission.

This allows you to go from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 227km/h.

Notable features include:

  • Automatic boot lid
  • Lane departure warning
  • Real-time traffic information
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • 10.9-inch touch display with Porsche Connect

The R1,019,000 option of the Macan comes with a 3-year Porsche driveplan.

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