While vehicle sales in South Africa declined 8.6% in October, continuing its worrying decline for the year, many locals still splash out on some of the finest vehicles money can buy.
A total of 54,244 vehicles were sold during the month, with Toyota (11,156), Volkswagen (8,883), and Ford (6,657) leading the way.
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) and Lightstone Auto publish a monthly list of the 100 best selling vehicles in SA.
BusinessTech looks at the 10 most expensive cars from this list.
1.BMW 3 Series
Price: R395,000 – R736,500+
The BMW 3 Series is the staple drive for well-heeled Joburg drivers, and having announced its new face-lift model earlier in the year, sales are back on the rise.
This popular model sold 509 units in October, making it the 20th most popular vehicle in the country.
The 6-speed Manual starts at R395,000, with the 8-speed Sports Automatic Transmission Steptronic Hybrid Edition starting at R736,500.
The 8-speed Sports Automatic Transmission Steptronic 335i costs R672,000 delivers 225 kW at 5,800 – 6,000 RPM and 400 NM at 1,200 – 5,000 RPM.
Harman Kardon Audio
2.Jeep Grand Cherokee
Price: R724,990 – R1 099 990
This model has increased sales over the past year to jump to 42nd overall in SA last month, with 210 units sold.
Jeep manufactured a winner in the Grand Cherokee for those looking for a masculine ‘merican’ muscle car.
The Grand Cherokee starts at R724,990 for a 3.6L V6 Limited, going up to R1 099 990 for a monster 6.4L SRT8 – 344 kW at 6,250 and 624 NM at 4,100 RPM.
Custom paint starts at R4,500
Panorama Sunroof (Limited only) R18,500
Advance Warning Group (Overland only) R25,000
3.Land Rover Discovery Sport
Price: R541,900 – R731,400+
The new edition to the Land Rover Discovery family, this SUV had a fairly muted start in SA, but sales have picked up nicely at the back end of 2015, with 177 units sold in October, the 46th best showing in the country.
The HSE luxury model comes in a 2.2 Litre SD4 diesel or 2.0 Litre Si4 Petrol with power of 177 kW.
Price: R700,600 – R810,200+
The Prado is a South African legend, ranked as the joint 55th best selling car in the country with 136 units last month.
This stalwart starts at R700,600 for a 3.0 Diesel TX Auto, and from R810,200 for a 3.0 Diesel VX Auto (with Sunroof), which pushes out 120 kW at 3,400 RPM.
5.Land Rover Discovery
Another old faithful and popular car in SA given its comfortable, yet powerful ride. This model sold 136 units in October, making it the 55th best selling vehicle in SA.
R1,014,000 buys a SDV6 3.0 Litre Diesel with 183 kW and 600 NM of torque. For a few thousand Rand less, you can get a V6 SUPERCHARGED 3.0 Litre Petrol with 250 kW of power.
Price: R904,500 – R1 165 800+
The BMW X5 is the 60th best selling car in SA in October, with 128 units.
An X5 xDrive35 standard model – 8-speed Sport Automatic Transmission Steptronic starts at R904,500, while the M Sports X5 xDrive50 Starts at R1 165 800 before extras.
Mag wheels cost anywhere between R13,300 and R33,000
Adaptive LED headlights: R23,200
Trailer tow hitch, fully electrically operated: R10,400
BMW Leather is between: R31,600 – R37,200
BMW Night Vision with dynamic light spot: R27,800
Bang & Olufsen high-end Surround Sound system: featuring 16 loudspeakers, 1200W amplified power and Dirac Dimensions technology: R33,600 – R40,500
The biggest SUV in the Audi range, the 3.0 TDI Quattro pushes out 183 kW at 2,910-4,500 RPM and torque of 600 NM at 1,500-2,910 RPM.
With 127 units sold last month, it is SA’s 61st best selling car.
All-wheel steering: R17,500
Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound system: R91,800
2 x Audi Tablets including Rear Seat Entertainment: R32,350
Adaptive air suspension: R30,500
Matrix LED headlights: R38,500
Panoramic glass sunroof: R26,100
Price: R570,000 – R884,500+
The Q5 sold 80 units in October, giving it a ranking of 76th best seller in the country.
The 2.0T FSI S Quattro starts at R570,000, with the V6 3.0 TDI starting at R884,500.
What’s special about the V6 3.0 TDI with bi-turbocharging is that its high torque of 650 NM is available even at low engine speeds, Audi says.
A full 230 kW accelerates the Audi SQ5 TDI from 0 to 100 km/h in only 5.1 seconds, says the German car maker.
The Q5 also comes with an extended list of accessories.
9.Range Rover Sport
Price: R968,300 – R1,904,100
The Range Rover Sport was the 79th best selling car last month, with 78 units sold.
The LR-TDV6 3.0 Litre Diesel pushes out 183 kW with a torque of 600 NM, while the LR-V6 SUPERCHARGED 3.0 Litre Petrol (R968,300) dishes out 250 kW boasting a torque of 450 NM.
The real beast is the LR-V8 SUPERCHARGED 5.0 Litre Petrol.
Earlier this year the Range Rover Sport set a land speed record and became the fastest official production SUV in South Africa.
The new edition to the Range Rover Sport line-up, the SVR, is the fastest SUV ever built by Land Rover. It claims a maximum speed of 260 km/h, accelerating to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds using 405 kW and torque of 680 NM.
Premium Metallic Paint R33,000
Grained Leather Seats R22,000
Heated Seats – Front and Rear R10,600
Roof Sliding – Panoramic R23,500
Price: R492,000 – R1 132 000
Another Audi, another hefty price, but popularity tells you that this brand delivers good cars. The A5 sold 78 units making it the 79th best selling car in the country last month.
The A5 Coupe starts at a relatively modest R492,000 for a Coupe, but the RS 5 Coupe costs R1 132 000.
The most expensive model delivers 331 kW at 8,250 RPM, with 430 NM of torque at 4,000-6,000 RPM.
At 100th on the list, the Range Rover Evoque sold 59 units in SA last month. The HE SD4 2.2 Litre Diesel starts at R 676,100, with the Si4 2.0 Litre Petrol Autobiography costing R887,300.
The Range Rover Evoque convertible is set to cost: R888,300 for a Si4 2.0 Litre Petrol edition, upon launch in 2016.