Since our country boasts one of the best climates for outdoor living in the world, South Africans love taking to the road and the bush. Outdoors buyers opt for all-round ability and versatility, with interior comforts rated as equally important.
This is SA’s best-selling SUV, by a country mile. An all-new Fortuner has just been launched, so second-hand Fortuners will be flooding the market and prices will be very competitive. Diesel power has always been the most popular choice, with V6 petrol models rather scarce. With so many to choose from, take your time picking one with a good condition to mileage ratio.
Jeep is an icon amongst the lifestyle crowd and a benchmark off-roader. The Jeep brand is a very popular choice, most specifically the Wrangler models with hardtops that can be removed to turn them into complete convertibles. Available as both a 2-door and a 4-door, these are also one of the most accessorised vehicles on the market.
An all-new Ranger model was launched late in 2015, mostly constituting a significant cosmetic upgrade but also a few technical ones. The Ranger is a knock-out on looks alone and offers single-cab, half-cab and double-cab variants, all with a variety of engine and drivetrain options. With its styling kit, the Wildtrak model is the optimal choice, however they are rare and quite pricey.
Land Cruisers are legendary – any Land Cruiser. There are different models in different sizes available, but the Prado combines stylish looks, great interior comforts and exceptional off-road performance in one great package. And, it has the cache of the Toyota brand with an extensive dealer footprint on its side.
An Outdoors car-list is not complete without the inclusion of the legendary Land Rover, none of which have a better reputation than the Defender – it has been around for nearly 70 years in the same basic form. You could easily forgive the uncomfortable ride and spartan trimmings and rather enjoy its practical abilities.