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Cars in South Africa with the best water wading depths

Whether you’re an avid off-roading enthusiast or live in a flood-prone area, a vehicle with the ability to wade through deep waters will likely be on your shopping list.

The maximum wading/fording depth of a car is how deep it can go into water without damaging any onboard components.

Primarily, this point is determined by where vulnerable systems such as air intakes and distributors are located, which differs from car to car.

As most modern SUVs and bakkies have maximum wading depths of around 500mm, we set out to find the vehicles on the local market with 600mm depths and more.

To our surprise, over 25 models satisfied this condition.

We found that Land Rover is the definitive champion when it comes to water wading depth, with six SUVs offering wading depths of between 600-900mm.

Toyota is also a prominent feature in the list, boasting five vehicle ranges each with a 700mm maximum wading depth.

Additionally, Ford, Isuzu, Mahindra, and Mitsubishi all have two vehicles on the list – comprising one bakkie and one SUV – while brands including BAIC, Haval, Jeep, Lexus, Nissan, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Peugeot have one.

The cars

The list below shows the vehicles in South Africa with water wading depths of 600mm and up.

Click on the underlined names for more information.


Land Rover Discovery Sport – 600mm


Peugeot Landtrek – 600mm


Range Rover Evoque – 600mm


Haval H9 – 700mm


Lexus LX – 700mm


Mercedes-Benz G-Class – 700mm


Mitsubishi Pajero Sport – 700mm


Mitsubishi Triton – 700mm


Nissan Patrol – 700mm


Toyota Fortuner – 700mm


Toyota Hilux – 700mm


Toyota Land Cruiser 300 – 700mm


Toyota Land Cruiser 79 – 700mm


Toyota Prado – 700mm


BAIC B40 Plus – 750mm


Jeep Wrangler – 760mm


Ford Everest – 800mm


Ford Ranger – 800mm


Isuzu D-Max – 800mm


Isuzu mu-X – 800mm


Mahindra Pik Up – 800mm


Mahindra Scorpio – 800mm


Mazda BT-50 – 800mm


Ford Ranger Raptor – 850mm


Range Rover Sport – 850mm


Land Rover Defender – 900mm


Land Rover Discovery – 900mm


Range Rover – 900mm


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