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Most powerful SUVs under R500,000

With the popularity of SUVs rising, there has been a myriad of models introduced with various powertrains and prices.

Smaller engines have become a market-wide trend, and most of South Africa’s best-selling “SUVs” in 2021 feature sub-2.0-litre engines with relatively low outputs.

These best-sellers also tend to be some of the cheapest SUVs on the market, with their small dimensions and motors usually going hand-in-hand with their price tags.

Unfortunately, this also means that they do not provide all that much in terms of utility or sportiness.

The market

To see what you can buy to better satisfy these needs without breaking the bank, we looked for the most powerful medium-to-large SUVs on the market for under R500,000.

At this price point, we found that SUVs typically have 2.0-litre engines and larger, with not one producing less than 103kW of power.

While this is nowhere near monumental, it is around 34% more than what the Toyota Urban Cruiser – South Africa’s best-selling SUV – offers.

We list the most powerful SUVs in South Africa under R500,000 below, ranked by power output.

Click on the underlined prices to visit TopAuto Car Prices for more information.


Mahindra XUV500 2.2CRDe W6

Specification Model
Power 103kW
Torque 330Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 12.55 seconds
Combined fuel consumption 7.4l/100km
Maximum towing capacity 2,500kg (unofficial)
Price R398,999

Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Visia

Specification Model
Power 106kW
Torque 200Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 11.1 seconds
Combined fuel consumption 8.3l/100km
Maximum towing capacity 1,500kg
Price R475,900

Kia Sportage 2.0 Ignite Plus

Specification Model
Power 115kW
Torque 196Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 10.5 seconds
Combined fuel consumption 8.1l/100km
Maximum towing capacity 1,900kg
Price R475,995

Subaru Forester 2.0i

Specification Model
Power 115kW
Torque 196Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 10.3 seconds
Combined fuel consumption 7.6l/100km
Maximum towing capacity 2,000kg (unofficial)
Price R486,000

Mazda CX-5 2.0 Active

Specification Model
Power 121kW
Torque 213Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 10.9 seconds
Combined fuel consumption 6.8l/100km
Maximum towing capacity 1,000kg
Price R471,500

Renault Koleos 2.5 Expression

Specification Model
Power 126kW
Torque 233Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 9.5 seconds
Combined fuel consumption 8.1l/100km
Maximum towing capacity 1,500kg
Price R484,900

Toyota RAV4 2.0 GX

Specification Model
Power 127kW
Torque 203Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 9.8 seconds (unofficial)
Combined fuel consumption 6.8l/100km
Maximum towing capacity 1,000kg
Price R489,600

Haval H6 2.0T Premium

Specification Model
Power 150kW
Torque 320Nm
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 8.0 seconds (unofficial)
Combined fuel consumption 7.4l/100km (unofficial)
Maximum towing capacity 2,000kg (unofficial)
Price R419,900


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