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The Best SUVs For Under R500,000

The popularity of SUVs has been rising for some time now, 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 sportiness.

Here is a list of some of the best medium-to-large SUVs on the market for under R500,000. At this price point, SUVs typically have 2.0-litre engines and larger, with not one producing less than 103kW of power.


Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Visia

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


Haval H6 2.0T Premium

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


Mahindra XUV500 2.2CRDe W6

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


Toyota RAV4 2.0 GX

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


Renault Koleos 2.5 Expression

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


Subaru Forester 2.0i

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


Kia Sportage 2.0 Ignite Plus

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


Mazda CX-5 2.0 Active

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

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