By Jeff Osborne, Gumtree Autos
SUVs have been the fastest growing segment in the SA car market for several years now and they remain exceptionally popular with families. They can seem pricey but value can be found in this list of the Top Five pre-owned mid-size (or entry-level) SUVs under R330k. They’re the finalists in this category for the 2019 Gumtree Autos Pre-Owned Awards. Each finalist is a two-year-old model offering an excellent balance of price and performance, with resale value, safety and fuel economy being key considerations for the judges.
TOP FIVE PRE-OWNED SUVs < R330K
2017 Ford Kuga - 1.5 Ecoboost Ambiente
The improved Kuga, which launched in 2017 is more attractive and spacious than its predecessor and offers well-priced all-round driving comfort. The Ecoboost 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine delivers decent performance combined with frugal fuel economy.
2017 Mazda CX5 - 2.0 Dynamic
With its tech, a comprehensive list of luxury features and decent space, the latest Mazda CX5 is at the sharp end of the mid-size SUV pack. It offers comfort, good handling and a punchy yet fuel efficient 2-litre Skyactiv engine.
2017 Kia Sportage - 2.0 Ignite
The Kia Sportage range offers solid practicality and good value with a high-quality interior. The Ignite’s 2-litre 16-valve petrol engine provides performance that compares well with its main rivals.
2017 Toyota RAV4 - 2.0GX(A)
While there is a newer model on the scene, the older RAV4 remains spacious, practical, reliable and comfortable with a very easy and enjoyable driving experience. In also boasts strong resale value.
2017 VW Tiguan - 1.4TSI Trendline (92kW)
The second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan is a bit pricier than others in this category, but includes luxury features, great technology and plenty of space for the family. The 1.4TSI is exceptionally fuel-efficient and delivers a performance comparable to its competitors with bigger engines.
The winners of the Gumtree Autos Pre-Owned Awards will be revealed on 29 October 2019.