SUV’s – Who’s got the highest ground clearance of them all?

By Nick Hodgson

Ground clearance is simply the amount of space between the base of an automobile tire and the underside of the chassis, typically measured by manufacturers on unladen mass in order to gain the highest possible figure. Living in South Africa with so many inhospitable dirt paths zigzagging across our country and the tarmac routes often looking worse than those dirt roads, it’s no wonder that so many of us are desperate to gain as much height as possible. So whether you’re looking to conquer the farthest flung reaches of our country or simply want extra piece of mind when making the daily pothole dodging run to work, ride height it turns out is one of the most critical factors to take into consideration when buying a car.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of every SUV/crossover currently on sale in South Africa and their respective ride heights. Land Rover, Jeep and Toyota dominate proceedings, no surprises there. However it’s the middle of the pack that provides some shocks.

Who’d have thought the Audi Q3 and Hyundai IX35 are so low to the ground when compared with something like a Renault Sandero Stepway? Or that the new Volvo XC90 is fighting it out with the big boys towards the top? Even something as innocuous as the Citroen C4 Aircross will surprise a few…

ManufacturerModelGround Clearance (mm)
Land RoverDefender323
Land RoverDiscovery 4301
Land RoverRange Rover295
JeepGrand Cherokee287
ToyotaHilux286
JeepWrangler254
ToyotaFJ Cruiser245
VWToureg243
NissanNP300240
VolvoXC90238
FordRanger237
ToyotaLand Cruiser 79235
AudiQ7235
MazdaBT-50232
ToyotaLand Cruiser 200230
ToyotaLand Cruiser 76230
NissanPatrol230
VolvoXC60230
FordEverest225
MitsubishiPajero225
JeepCherokee221
ToyotaFortuner220
JeepRenegade Trailhawk220
SubaruXV220
SubaruForester220
IsuzuKB 300220
ChevroletTrailblazer218
MitsubishiPajero Sport218
MitsubishiOutlander Sport216
ToyotaLand Cruiser Prado215
Land RoverRange Rover Evoque215
MazdaCX-5215
MercGL Class215
MercGLE215
PorscheCayenne215
SubaruOutback213
Land RoverDiscovery Sport212
BMWX6210
MahindraScorpio Bakkie210
TataXenon210
Tata207 Di210
VolvoV70 Cross Country210
NissanX-Trail209
BMWX5209
MercG Class206
RenaultKoleos206
JeepCompass205
RenaultDuster205
MitsubishiTriton205
BMWX3204
BMWX4204
IsuzuKB 250202
JeepRenegade200
FordEco Sport200
AudiQ5200
MahindraXUV-500200
MahindraBolero200
RenaultCaptur200
SuzukiGrand Vitara200
CitroenC4 Aircross200
PorscheMacan198
FordKuga197
MahindraGenio195
MitsubishiASX195
RenaultSandero Stepway193
SuzukiJimny190
MahindraXylo186
MahindraQuanto186
HondaHR-V185
DodgeJourney185
SuzukiVitara185
HyundaiSante Fe185
KiaSorento185
BMWX1183
MercGLA183
NissanQashqai182
MercGLC181
NissanJuke180
MahindraScorpio SUV180
SuzukiSX4180
Fiat500X179
ChevroletCaptiva178
NissanNP200177
VWTiguan175
HyundaiTucson172
KiaSportage172
HondaCR-V170
AudiQ3170
HyundaiIX35170
Peugeot2008165
MazdaCX-3160
Peugeot3008160
MiniCountryman160
OpelMokka157
FiatPanda 4×4150
VolvoV40 Cross Country144
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