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It’s has been a busy month in the motoring industry, with no fewer than three brand-new SUVs making their debut in South Africa.
These are the four you should know about if you lead an active lifestyle, or simply like heading into the countryside over the weekends.
The Tucson’s smaller sibling has finally arrived, ready to compete in the upper echelons of the compact crossover segment.
The interior is roomy and equipped with everything the modern consumer could reasonably expect. Standard features include a multi-function steering wheel and a touch-screen infotainment system with navigation.
Music can also be streamed via Bluetooth from a cell phone or iPod to the sound system, which also allows for hands-free phone calls. The infotainment screen also displays a rear-view camera picture when one engages reverse gear, supplemented by reverse warning sensors.
The Creta is available with either a petrol or diesel engine, mated to a manual or automatic gearbox. Hyundai claims a fuel consumption figure of only 7.4ℓ/100km from its 1.6ℓ diesel engine, which makes it the default choice for those with frugality in mind.
Creta 1.6 Executive manual R319 900
Creta 1.6 Executive automatic R339 900
Creta 1.6 Executive CRDi automatic R369 900
The smallest member of Audi’s SUV line-up may be small in size, but it’s big on features.
A range of niceties are offered as standard, but, as usual, there is a long list of optional extras available that will turn this little tyke into something that will rival a Rolls Royce for comfort.
Our favourite is the Audi Virtual Cockpit, which is basically a high-resolution screen in place of the usual dials behind the steering wheel. This screen is fully customisable, and can display anything from the speedometer to the navigation map.
Audi is offering the Q2 with two petrol engines and one diesel engine. The smallest petrol engine consumes just 5.1ℓ/100km on the combined cycle – perfect for city slickers. The larger 1.4ℓ engine develops 110kW and 250Nm of torque, while the 2.0ℓ diesel produces 105kW and 350Nm of torque. Coupled to Audi’s S tronic automatic transmission, the diesel should be just as home in the countryside as it is in the city.
The Q2 is only available with front-wheel drive, but don’t let that put you off. The elevated ride height and electronic safety systems will undoubtedly ensure that the Q2 is capable of tackling a gravel road with ease.
Audi Q2 1.0T FSI manual: R 434,500
Audi Q2 1.0T FSI S tronic: R 453,000
Audi Q2 1.0T FSI Sport manual: R 464,500
Audi Q2 1.0T FSI Sport S tronic: R 483,000
Audi Q2 1.4T FSI Sport manual: R 511,000
Audi Q2 1.4T FSI Sport S tronic: R 529,500
Audi Q2 2.0 TDI Sport S tronic: R 565,000
The Outlander has always been the ugly duckling in Mitsubishi’s line-up, but this small issue has been addressed with the introduction of a new facelifted model.
The new Outlander has been given the Mitsubishi’s so-called Dynamic Shield design treatment, giving it a bold and edgy new look.
Interior wise it’s the same as before, which is no bad thing. There’s seating for seven and the second and third row can be folded flat to create a massive loading space.
The leather seats are designed with long road trips in mind and third-row passengers have ample space thanks to the Outlander’s roomy cabin. The seats in the second row can slide 250mm forward which makes for easy access to the third row from either side of the vehicle.
The interior is also equipped with a powerful sound system and a nine-inch roof-mounted DVD player with a fold-down screen to entertain the kids. The DVD player’s sound can be transmitted via cordless headphones, so there’s no need for the adults up front to be assaulted by the sounds of Barney’s latest adventures.
Outlander is equipped with a fully adjustable multi-function steering wheel with gearshift paddles and access to voice controls and hands-free Bluetooth phone functionality. The touch-screen audio display is user-friendly, and a separate display screen ensures all vehicle information is available to the driver at a glance.
It’s powered by a 2.4ℓ petrol engine mated to a CVT automatic transmission. Mitsubishi claims a fuel consumption figure of 8.2ℓ/100km.
The Outlander retails for R549 900
On the budget side we find the new Mahindra TUV300.
It has seating for seven people, a host of luxury features and all the necessary safety gadgets to help the driver avoid accidents. Dual airbags further enhance occupant safety, should the worst happen.
A multifunction steering wheel offers audio and hands-free Bluetooth controls, while the centre stack is also home to an infotainment system, as well as the controls for standard air conditioning.
The infotainment system includes Bluetooth connectivity, USB and analogue AUX inputs.
It’s powered by a 1.5ℓ turbodiesel engine producing 74kW and 240Nm of torque.
The TUV300 retails for R229 995.