Topping the enquiry list is the popular and top-selling Toyota Fortuner. This large, comfy seven-seater SUV (which shares the Toyota Hilux platform) comes with impressive off-road prowess and a solid reputation for reliability. The Fortuner 3.0D-4D variant is powered by a trusty 3.0l diesel engine paired to a (somewhat old-fashioned) four-speed automatic gearbox. High mileage 2013 models still command around R306,000.
The premium all-wheel drive BMW X3 xDrive20d is one of the more affordable X3 derivatives, its 2.0l turbodiesel engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Surefooted with a refined ride and a capable kerb crawler and pothole navigator, the stylish and high-riding mid-size SUV sports a quality interior and comprehensive infotainment and safety features. Models with an average 2017 registration year and mileage average of 82,000km list for around R549,400.
Offering a spacious, comfortable interior and oodles of standard features at its price point, predictably the Haval Jolion Luxury variant made the most enquiries list. The compact front-wheel drive SUV is kitted with a capable 1.5l turbocharged petrol engine with seven-speed automatic to deliver a refined ride and respectable fuel economy of 7.5l/100km. On average, a low-mileage 2022 model comes with a price tag of around R370,000.
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