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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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