Best Premium SUVs in SA


Take a look at the semi-finalists in the Premium SUV category of the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank!

The second annual Consumer Awards – now powered by WesBank, is underway and the semi-finalists across 13 categories have been chosen. Make sure you visit the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank website for all the vehicle and category information and also be sure to follow us on Twitter (@CarsSouthAfrica), Facebook (CarsSA) and Instagram (carssouthafrica) for the latest updates.

The Ownership Satisfaction Survey, in partnership with leading data specialists, Lightstone Consumer, forms an integral part of the awards programme, with the survey accounting for 50% of the final result in each category. The brand-specific data incorporates feedback from thousands of South African new vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles (must be less than five years old and serviced through franchised outlets).

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The Premium SUV category recognises vehicles that offer high levels of luxury, status, sophistication and capability. To be eligible for consideration, vehicles in this category must have a list price between R750 000 and R1 200 000 and must be a large SUV. All-wheel drive must also be offered as standard. The pillars of success in the Premium SUV category include powertrain technology, luxury, brand strength, design and quality appeal, driving dynamics and spec and practicality.

The semi-finalists in the Premium SUV category of the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank are as follows (in no particular order):

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription

The Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription scooped the category trophy at the inaugural Consumer Awards and this year the flagship XC90 T8 Twin Engine makes its appearance to defend the XC90’s previous success. The XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription features hybrid technology that promises superb efficiency and more power. The front wheels are powered by a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-litre petrol motor that produces 235 kW and 400 Nm through an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the rear wheels are driven by an electric motor producing 65 kW and 240 Nm of torque. Combined output totals 300 kW and 640 Nm of torque. Volvo claims a fuel consumption figure of 2.1 L/100km for the XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription.

More information on the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription
Read the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD Inscription (2016) Review
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Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro

The second-generation Q7 is a fine product that offers high levels of refinement and ride comfort. There are few cars, if any, in this category that deliver premium, luxury motoring with such efficiency and ease. The lighter Q7 is powered by a 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 183 kW and 600 Nm of torque and is equipped with a slick eight-speed automatic transmission to put its power to the tar. In terms of fuel economy, the Q7 3.0 TDI quattro is claimed to consume 6.3 L/100km.

More information on the Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro
Audi Q7 3.0TDI Quattro (2015) Review
Audi Q7 3.0TDI Quattro vs Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription (2016) Comparative Review (with Video)
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Lexus RX350 EX

The boldly styled Lexus RX350 EX comes well equipped with standard features and represents good value in this segment. The RX350 EX is fitted with an updated 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine that produces more power and torque than before with 221 kW and 370 Nm of torque. All four wheels are powered using an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power and refinement are strengths of the RX350 EX and Lexus claims a fuel consumption figure of 9.6 L/100km, which is achievable in real world driving situations.

More information on the Lexus RX350 EX
Read our Lexus RX350 EX (2016) Review
Read our Lexus RX450h SE (2016) Review
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Jaguar F-PACE 30d R-Sport AWD

Jaguar’s F-PACE SUV is both visually appealing and dynamically impressive and this 30d R-Sport AWD drive derivative is particularly potent. A 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine delivers a mighty 221 kW and 700 Nm of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The F-PACE 30d R-Sport is essentially a sports car that just happens to be a practical SUV and it provides a comfortable and composed drive on all surfaces. In terms of fuel consumption, Jaguar claims 6.0 L/100km for the F-PACE 30d R-Sport AWD.

More information on the Jaguar F-PACE 30d R-Sport AWD
Jaguar F-PACE 30d AWD R-Sport (2016) Review

Jaguar F-PACE (2016) First Drive
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BMW X5 xDrive30d Steptronic

The top-selling BMW X5 xDrive30d Steptronic offers a near-perfect blend of performance, efficiency, status and dynamic ability. Powering this derivative is BMW’s proven 3.0-litre, six-cylinder turbodiesel engine offering 190 kW and 560 Nm of torque. All four wheels are driven through a smooth and fast shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The BMW X5 xDrive30d Steptronic is refined and responsive to throttle inputs and fuel efficiency is good with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 5.9 L/100km.

More information on the BMW X5 xDrive30d Steptronic
BMW X5 xDrive25d (2016) Review  
BMW X5 xDrive40e (2016) First Drive

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