Why is it here?
Can an inexpensive C-SUV also be the toughest?
At the time of inducting the Magnite into our fleet of long-termers, it was the least expensive car in its segment. It sure is approachable but is it dependable? Would it be able to take on the gruesome shoot routine and be our assistance vehicle? Those were the questions we aimed at answering. And we’ve clocked a good chunk of kilometres with it – 1,677 to be precise! Alright, the drawbacks of being a cost-effective product are plenty. The fuel gauge is inconsistent and will give you range anxiety every so often, the infotainment system is a bit moody and the bonnet is rattly. But there’s so much going for the Magnite that we appreciate. The ride quality is excellent, the LED lights up front are good, there’s ample amounts of space even for five occupants and the 1.0-litre turbocharged unit packs in some serious performance. Oh wait, the X-Tronic CVT is damn smooth as well. An affordable SUV for the masses? Yes. An alternative to the top guns? Nope.
1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol
98bhp at 5,000rpm
152Nm at 2,200- 4,400rpm (CVT)