SA's 20 best selling SUVs in the first half of 2019

By Jason Woosey Time of article published Jul 9, 2019

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Johannesburg - South Africa is bakkie country, no arguments there, but SUVs and crossovers are becoming an increasingly formidable force on the local market, largely at the expense of traditional sedans and hatchbacks.

But which ones are the most popular?

Toyota’s Fortuner, now in its second generation, continues to lead the South African SUV market by a healthy margin and averages sales of more than 1000 units a month. In fact its best month in 2019 so far saw 1410 units moved. The Fortuner is based on the Hilux bakkie and buyers love it for its rugged nature, towing ability and roomy cabin.

Next up is Ford’s little EcoSport, of which a monthly average of 692 were sold in the first half of 2019. Last year the EcoSport was given an update, which also brought a smarter cabin, and the EcoSport remains one of the more affordable SUVs in the country while also offering a wide range of derivatives and engine options.

Toyota’s new Rav4 comes third with a monthly average of 621 units and the recently introduced new-generation model has been giving the EcoSport a run for its money on the sales charts in the last few months, particularly in April, when 839 units were sold.

Some of its closest rivals, the Volkswagen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5 come in fourth and fifth places respectively, with monthly averages of 465 and 372 units, while the Toyota Fortuner’s closest rival, Ford's Everest, comes in sixth place, with 368 sales on average.

See our table below for the best of the rest:

SA’S 20 TOP SELLING SUVS

Jan-Jun 2019

Monthly Average

1

Toyota Fortuner

6449

1075

2

Ford EcoSport

4149

692

3

Toyota Rav4

3723

621

4

Volkswagen Tiguan

2790

465

5

Mazda CX-5

2237

372

6

Ford Everest

2210

368

7

Mazda CX-3

1986

331

8

Hyundai Tucson

1894

316

9

Renault Duster

1618

270

10

Hyundai Creta

1526

254

11

Toyota Rush

1511

252

12

Nissan X-Trail

1436

239

13

Nissan Qashqai

1282

214

14

Kia Sportage

1050

175

15

BMW X3

1011

169

16

Toyota CH-R

963

161

17

Audi Q5

846

141

18

Honda BR-V

692

115

19

Renault Captur

649

108

20

Toyota Land Cruiser 200

611

102

IOL Motoring

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