Forester, Duster, Jimny - Here's why readers say these SUVs are the best of this decade

2019 Subaru Forester
2019 Subaru Forester

The SUV market boomed a few years ago in South Africa and the trend has hardly died down. It remains one of the ever-growing markets in our segment.

Earlier this week, Lance Branquinho wrote that our 'SUV of the decade' is a decision that might appear odd, but he has justification. Launched in early 2010 the Duster has been a huge success for Renault.

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"Especially in South Africa. Whereas previous French adventure vehicles had been credibly innovative (Scenic RX4), the Duster’s product planners managed to deliver an excellent adventure vehicle, which was affordable – without being odd.

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"The Duster’s simple styling played on that traditional two-box design appeal. Beyond the pleasing looks and Renault keeping the trend with Smartphone technology, Duster also has real gravel travel ability. Renault’s engineers cleverly evaluated customer expectations with Duster.

What is your best SUV of the decade, and why? Email us and we'll add it to the list below.


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"The result was a design that only had 7% less ground clearance than a Fortuner when it launched. And then there are the engines. Renault has been a small capacity powertrain specialist for decades and with Duster, it gave the market a 1.5-litre turbodiesel which was both potent and frugal," says Branquinho.

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We asked our Wheels24 readers what their SUV of this decade is and here's what they had to say:

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