It’s women’s month and if the idea of purchasing a family SUV ever crosses your mind, it is best to know that a car is not just a car. Women often desire to have an SUV that is able to fulfil a certain purpose while also ensuring that it is perfectly suited to their family needs. However, choosing the right family SUV for city driving can be a tough task that requires in-depth research. The family SUV stable is home to a considerable number of cars and it is worth taking the time to think about.
Here we look at the things a buyer should consider when buying a family SUV for in city driving.
Get an SUV that you really want
The first step is to look at is getting an SUV that you really want and not something to pass on time. Since the family SUV will be used mostly for city driving, you need to look for something that will last you whilst also offering you efficiency, spaciousness as well as great driving prowess. South Africa is home to 7 and 5 seater family SUVs, depending on the size of your family. For example, a used Toyota RAV4 can accommodate 5 passengers including the driver and it is priced between R146 900 and R559 995 while a fairly used Mazda CX-5 is priced between R180 000 and R559 900. Then there is the new Haval Jolion which not only has attractive looks but is also infested with great technology. It is priced between R299 900 and R398 900. The Haval H1 as a subcompact SUV is priced between R139 900 and R202 900. Even though a seven-seater SUV such as the Toyota Fortuner may be a costly option, it is worth looking at.
The most fundamental thing to consider is space. Yes, this depends on the size of your family and does not necessarily mean you have to consider bigger SUVs with seven seats. Even cars with five seats have impressive boot space, leg and headroom. If there are kids involved, one needs to think of space for prams, car seats and school bags. If you decide to go for a seven-seater, bear in mind that the third row of seats is mostly best left for children since it is cramped back there. Also, look for flexible options such as folding and easy access to the last row.
Safety is ideal
Often overlooked, safety remains a priority at all times so make sure the used family SUV you want to purchase has safety rest assured. Do your research about the SUV’s score in crash tests and passenger protection. Even if it is a city SUV, insist on buying a car that has excellent scores in the safety stable whether it is an active or passive safety system that helps prevent collisions.
If there are kids involved, then consider having an interior trim that is suitable for children simply because children can be messy. Our advice to you would be to get a dark interior upholstery that is even easier to clean. Cloth interior trim isn’t recommended as it can be difficult to clean.
Even if it means using the SUV for city driving, you do not want your family to get bored whilst navigating through the city traffic. Consider integrated seat-back tablets, USB ports, DVD players and WiFi hotspots. Some of these come factory fitted while others can be fitted at an aftermarket facility.
The market is dominated by SUVs that are frugal yet others not so much. Do proper research and scout for an efficient SUV that will save you some serious money in the long run. If your budget allows, get a diesel variant, although, this can be problematic primarily when driven at low speeds in and around the urban area. Petrol engines aren’t as frugal as their diesel counterpart but they are perfect as run around cars.
|Vehicle||Fuel Economy||Running Costs||Price Used||Price New|
|Kia Seltos||Between 5.7 and 6.9 L/100Km||Relatively Low||Between R329 900 and R495 995||Between 399 995 and R495 995|
|Hyundai Tucson||Between 7.9 and 8.6l/100km||Relatively Low||Between R69 995 and R699 900||Between R482 500 and R751 500|
|Toyota RAV4||Between 6.3L and 8.0l/100 km||Relatively low||between R146 900 and R559 995||Between R482 400 and R669 400|
|Volkswagen T-Cross||Between 4.9l and 6.9L/100km.||Relatively low||Between R349 995 000 and R449 995||Between R347 100 and R458 000|
|Mazda CX-5||Between 6.9L and 7.3l/100km||Relatively Low||Between R179 950 and R499 900||Between R462 300 and R686 200|
|Haval Jolion||Between 7.5l and 8.3L/100km||Relatively low||Between R299 900 and R398 900||Between R299 900 and R398 900|
|Haval H1||Between 7.2l and 8L/100km||Relatively low||Between R139 900 and R202 900.||Between 184 900 and R249 000|