SUV's under R300 000
SUVs are the family vehicle of choice these days find out how you can get your hands on one
An SUV for under R300 000
SUVs are the family vehicle of choice these days, but there are very few that are available new for around the *R300 000 mark.
We took a look through the Automark stock and found great, certified examples of affordable SUVs, and there is bound to be one to fit your needs and pocket.
The Rush is Toyota’s most affordable SUV, both in terms of purchase price and running costs. Powered by a great 1.5-litre petrol engine (77kW/136Nm), the Rush is available in either 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto, and fuel consumption is a claimed 6.6L/100km.
The real selling point is the huge amount of space for both passengers (five seats) and luggage.
The Toyota Rush is actually a very competitively priced SUV when new, with prices starting at a smidge over *R330 000 for the manual version. But if you want an automatic and want to keep your budget under *R300 000, there are great deals in the second-hand market.
You can find a certified 2020 Rush 1.5 A/T for *R299 995, with just 3500km on the clock – that’s almost new! And for a car that is to all intents and purposes brand new, you can still save over 10% on the new price – we found a 2020 Rush manual that has covered just 450km for *R299 900.
For more information on the Rush see https://www.automark.co.za/media/media/toyota-rush-15-manual-review/
One of the classiest family SUVs around, the new Toyota RAV4 is a very compelling choice in the market segment. The RAV4 has grown substantially since its introduction, and these days it is actually a large, spacious vehicle very capable of transporting a family of five as well as their luggage away on holiday.
It is beautifully designed too, with an aggressive but stylish appearance that manages to stand out on the road. Also impressive is the premium-feeling interior that is generously equipped with both safety and convenience features.
In terms of mechanicals, there are two petrol engines, a 2-litre (127kW/203Nm) and a 2.5-litre (152kW/243Nm). The 2-litre comes in either manual or CVT gearbox, while the 2.5 comes with an 8-speed auto gearbox.
Since the new prices of a RAV4 begin at *R454 000, you have to look at a slightly less-new model for under *R300 000. That said, there are some great buys around, with four-year-old models having done under 100 000km prices at the *R290 000 to *R300 00 figure. We found a 2016 RAV4 GX with 90 000km for *R290 000.
For more information on the RAV4 see https://www.automark.co.za/media/media/raving-about-the-rav/
The C-HR is the most compact of Toyota’s true SUVs, and it might be stretching things a bit suggesting that it can perform as a family vehicle in terms of luggage space. But for the Monday to Friday 9 to 5 work commute and school run, this is a fantastic urban SUV.
It’s an exciting car to look at and to drive, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine good for 85kW and 185Nm, uses just 6.4L/100km. Coupled with the new-generation engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT transmission. The interior is modern and comfortable, with great technology.
If you want modern SUV styling with a commanding driving position, but in a car that is easy to drive and park, the C-HR is your best bet.
New prices for the C-HR start at R379 100, but for under *R300 000 you can pick up a low mileage, 2-year old 1.2T Plus CVT!
For more information on the C-HR see https://www.automark.co.za/media/media/toyota-c-hr-review/
The Toyota Fortuner is esteemed in the local motoring industry, always one of the best-selling passenger vehicles in the market. It is also an incredible family SUV for adventurous souls, perfect for holidays to far-distant places.
Based on the Toyota Hilux, it is available in 4x2 and 4x4 versions, in manual or automatic, and with petrol or diesel engines. It’s hard to find a 4x4 model in this price range and relatively new (under 5 years old), but if you look around you can find one of the new-generation 2.4 GD-6 Fortuners at around the *R300 000 mark, having done about 180 000km.
Alternatively, a 2015 3.0 D-4D Fortuner with a slightly lower mileage of closer to 120 000km will be priced similarly.
New, the Toyota Fortuner 2.4 GD-6 is priced from *R540 600 while the 2.8 GD-6 starts at *R673 000. The 2.7 VVTi model is priced from R520 900.
For more information on the 2.4 GD-6 Fortuner see https://www.automark.co.za/media/media/toyota-fortuner-24-gd-6-4x4-review
Dsiclaimer: * Prices subject to vehicle availbility on the Automark Website