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Most powerful crossovers in South Africa

The crossover category is the fastest-growing vehicle segment in South Africa and naturally, this means a few high-performance variants have made their way into the market.

While there aren’t many powerful mini-SUVs currently on sale, buyers looking for a faster-than-average crossover will be happy to know they can choose from high-end brands including the likes of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, as well as more traditional value-for-money players such as Hyundai and VW.

More choice comes from a variety of drivetrains on offer, including petrol, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric, though the latter options tend to be on the pricier side of the segment.

Battery-powered crossovers are a rather new sighting on local roads with the first one, the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge, only going on sale in the later months of 2021. The only other electric crossovers on offer are the Mercedes-Benz EQA and EQB, which are launching in the country this week.

Powerful crossovers

Detailed below are the 10 most powerful crossovers money can buy in South Africa.

Only the most powerful specification from a particular model range was chosen to avoid the list being dominated by a single brand.

Click on the underlined prices for more information.


VW T-Roc 2.0TSI 140kW 4Motion Design

  • Power – 140kW/320Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 7.2 seconds
  • Top speed – 216km/h
  • Starting priceR627,300


Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 Progressive

  • Power – 140kW/375Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 8.6 seconds
  • Top speed – 160km/h
  • Starting priceR1,169,500


BMW X1 sDrive 20i

  • Power – 141kW/280Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 7.6 seconds
  • Top speed – 224km/h
  • Starting priceR718,197


Hyundai Kona N

  • Power – 206kW/392Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 5.5 seconds
  • Top speed – 240km/h
  • Starting priceR749,900


Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4Matic Progressive

  • Power – 215kW/520Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 6.2 seconds
  • Top speed – 160km/h
  • Starting priceR1,305,500


Mini John Cooper Works All4 Countryman

  • Power – 225kW/450Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 5.1 seconds
  • Top speed – 250km/h
  • Starting priceR929,844


BMW X2 M35i

  • Power – 225kW/450Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 4.9 seconds
  • Top speed – 241km/h
  • Starting priceR940,481


Jaguar E-Pace P300e AWD R-Dynamic SE

  • Power – 227kW/540Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 6.5 seconds
  • Top speed – 216km/h
  • Starting priceR1,301,000


Audi RSQ3 Quattro

  • Power – 294kW/480Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed – 250km/h
  • Starting priceR1,149,900


Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

  • Power – 300kW/660Nm
  • 0-100km/h – 4.9 seconds
  • Top speed – 180km/h
  • Starting priceR1,260,000


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