SUVs are traditionally built on pickup truck platforms, while a crossover is built on a sedan platform.

Speaking on the launch of its new convertible cabriolet at the end of February, Volkswagen said that the demand for SUVs is so great that the company is now gearing primarily towards that market.

SUVs are currently making a key contribution to the growth of the Volkswagen Group’s core brand.

By 2020, the brand intends to expand its SUV range globally to 20 models, which will account for 40% of the vehicles sold by Volkswagen.

And Volkswagen is not the only brand that has felt the shift, with both Jaguar and Rolls Royce recently announcing that they will be producing new SUV models, while Ford has also committed towards increasing its production in this segment.

BusinessTech looked at the current SUV and crossover markets in South Africa based on Naamsa’s February 2018 data, to provide an indication of the market leaders in this ever growing category.

Unless otherwise indicated, prices are representative of base models.


CarUnits soldPrice
 Ford EcoSport 814 R255 400
 Hyundai Creta 443 R324 900
 Mazda CX-3  333 R287 900
 Renault Captur 233 R234 900
 Suzuki Jimny 92 R261 900
 GWM M4  69  R189 900
 Opel Mokka X  52  R337 300
 Mitsubishi ASX  48  R364 995
 Suzuki Vitara   44  R274 900
 Nissan Juke  31  R299 900


CarUnits soldPrice
Volkswagen Tiguan  498 R403 900
Hyundai Tucson  450 R379 900
Mazda CX-5  363 R382 700
Nissan X-Trail  284 R371 500
Nissan Qashqai  278 R334 900
Renault Duster  214  R244 900
Kia Sportage 202  R377 995
Toyota Rav4  189  R391 100
Toyota C-HR 141  R324 900
BMW X3  134  R687 506


CarUnits soldPrice
Toyota Fortuner 1 006 R467 500
Ford Everest 393 R459 900
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 118 R821 700
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 104 R999 900
BMW X5 89 R1 021 664
Range Rover Velar 88  R950 208
Land Rover Discovery 76  R958 886
Mahindra XUV500 46  R279 995
Volvo XC90  44  R941 424
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport  35  R569 995