While SUVs were previously reserved for off-road holidaymakers or countryside business owners, they have become a staple on South African roads everywhere.
“More people are opting for SUVs because of the additional space for seating and storage – many SUVs come with a third row of seats, and most offer seats that are adjustable,” says Jeff Osborne, Head of Automotive for online classifieds site Gumtree SA.
But, the main attraction is that the SUV body type offers increased safety. Osborne says, “the weight of the vehicle allows drivers more handling power, especially in challenging weather conditions. Drivers have more space and visibility because of the height of the vehicle, and they’re also able to ride over small debris with minimal damage”.
Consumers looking for a mid-size SUV option that’s fuel-efficient and affordable also have plenty of options in the category.
The SUV category on Gumtree Auto currently hosts over 11 000 listings, with a wide range of prices and models. “The top three brands are Toyota, Land Rover and Ford respectively,” concludes Osborne.
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