Saudi Arabia’s Top 10 Favorite SUVs (2023 Updated)

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People have a massive following for the football game and a passion for cars as their best pastime, giving them a sense of unification. So many people ask, which are Saudi Arabia’s top ten SUVs?

There are various body styles, such as sedans, coupes, cabriolets, and Sports Utility Vehicles(SUVs). SUVs are top-rated in Saudi Arabia due to their capabilities to go off-road and on regular roads

They have better ground clearance, with AWD(All-wheel drive) and 4WD(Four Wheel Drive) options. That gives the ability to perform smoothly and comfortably on rough terrains, including rocky mountains and deserts, maintaining their grandeur.

A big plus point is that many of them offer 7 seating capacity. It makes SUVs a clear choice for the people of Saudi Arabia, whether they are from Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Dammam, or smaller cities in the country.

10. Haval H6 2023

This may be a surprise and new name for our readers. But we could not stop ourselves from including it in the list. All due to its futuristic Interior. A dashing exterior bundled up with numerous advanced technologies. 

Haval is a Chinese automobile manufacturer specializing in SUVs. It started in 2002 and is now one of the most promising Chinese automobile brands.

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Haval in Saudi Arabia offers a range of models. We have picked the All-New Haval H6 2023 model. Its exterior design is a head-turner. Very modern, and its styling design grabs your attention. It can compete with prominent mid-sized SUVs in this category. 

Haval H6 interior has a futuristic feel, making this attractive to buyers. But that’s not all; this SUV is packed with technologies and safety features. That makes this car value for the money.

Powered with advanced engine technology has put itself in Saudi Arabia’s top ten SUVs. It offers FWD & AWD 2.0L 4N20 Turbo 4-Cylinders engine. Which produces 201 hp and 320 Max. Torque (N•m). It has 7 Speed DCT transmission.

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Haval H6 in Saudi Arabia offers a list of Technologies and Safety Features:

  • LKA(Lane-keeping Assistance)
  • TSR(Traffic Signal Recognition)
  • ACC+ ICA (Intelligent Cruise Assistance) +TAJ (Traffic Jam Assistance)
  • AVM(Around View Monitor System)
  • Full-scene auto parking
  • Whole road section intelligent dodge
  • LCA + Astern side warning
  • 9.3 ESP (Helps in Preventing the stability of your car body and providing top safety)
  • 6 Omni-directional airbags
  • Front seats heating and ventilation
  • 12.3-inch ultra-smart touchscreen
  • 10.25-inch virtual instrument
  • High gloss electroplating rotary shift
  • 4 High Tone Speakers + 4 Low Tone Speakers + DTS

The price starts from SAR 83,939 to SAR 108,089. Authorized dealers in KSA are Automotive distribution & Marketing Co., and their website.

9. Hyundai Palisade 2023

Hyundai Palisade 2023

Hyundai Palisade debuted in November 2018 and replaced Maxcruz. Also known as Santa Fe outside Korea. Which was their flagship SUV.

Currently, Palisade is the largest vehicle Hyundai offers. Measuring 196.1 inches long with a wheelbase of 114.2 inches.

The Palisade offers three rows of seating. Having a capacity of up to eight passengers when equipped with a second-row bench seat. 

Hyundai Palisade is available in two trims:

  • 3.5 MPi 4×2 STD
  • 3.8 GDi 4×4 Premium

The top-of-the-line 3.8 GDI is equipped with a 3.8L naturally aspirated engine. Which produces 295 HP @6000rpm and 355 nm of Torque @5200 rpm. Achieving 0-100km/h 7.7 secs. And an 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode.

Notable interior features are:

  • 7″ Cluster / 10.25″ Navigation (Supported Apple Carplay / Android Auto)
  • Palisade offers a generous 1,297 liters of cargo space
  • High-quality leather seats
  • Bridge-type high console
Hyundai Palisade 2023 Interior

Palisade is equipped with safety features that make it highly demanded by users.

  • Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • 360-degree camera
  • 9 airbags, including curtain airbags.

The 2023 model starting base price is SAR.161,500, respectively to the premium model at SAR.219,000.

Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors are authorized seller of Hyundai in Saudi Arabia. For inquiries, you can log on to the website.

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8. Subaru Forester 2023

This Japanese 5-Seater SUV Subaru Forester 2.0i-L EyeSight is powered by its 50 years reliable Boxer Engine. Maybe an odd pick for some readers, but it surely qualifies to be on the list of Saudi Arabia’s top ten SUVs.

With a 2.0L V4 petrol-powered engine. They produce 154 hp and 196 Nm of Torque with a top speed of 193km/h. As a result, an automatic transmission system achieves 0-100km/h in 10.3 secs.

Empowering confidence in your daily driving needs. The forester is equipped with the safety feature EyeSight. It monitors traffic movement, enhances cruise control, furthermore warns you if you roll outside your lane.

The EyeSight technology, as per statistics, claims to reduce the rate of rear-end crashes by up to 85%.

Its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with Lineartronic + Active Torque Split AWD & XMODE. Which offers various driving options and enhances off-road capabilities.

It balances Torque from front to rear wheels in response to real-time traction conditions.

Salient Safety Features:

  • Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)* Airbags
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control System + Active Torque Vectoring
  • Auto Vehicle Load
  • Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection (SRVD)*2
  • Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH) 

The 2023 model starting base price is SAR.134,999. The authorized dealers of Subaru in Saudi Arabia are Al Yemeni Motors Co.

If you are interested in buying this SUV, you can further get details at

7. Chevrolet Traverse 2023

Chevrolet Traverse 2022
Chevrolet Traverse 2023

Chevrolet Traverse is a mid-sized 7-Seater American SUV offered in 5 variants in Saudi Arabia. Being a Mid-sized SUV, this car has a more powerful engine than its competitors.

  • Starting from SAR 141,300.
  • It comes with a 3.5L V6 engine producing 310 hp @ 6800 RPM and 266 lb·ft @ 2,800 rpm (361 N·m).
  • Its top speed is 200 km/h and touches 0-100km/h in 7.3 secs.
  • The 9-speed automatic transmission enables smooth shifting. And offers the comfortable ride you want and the fuel economy you need.

Traverse 2023 comes with superb safety features and technologies. Make your drive more pleasurable by keeping you and your loved ones connected and entertained.

Furthermore, in command of the Chevrolet Infotainment display. With available Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM compatibility. Furthermore, with USB ports offered in every row, your every trip is pleasurable.

Traction Mode Select

  • FWD
  • 4×4(AWD)

Some of the Salient Features of Chevy Traverse 

Many practical and safety features are offered. That makes it highly desirable and competitive with its competition.

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • ​​Front Pedestrian Braking
  • ​Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • ​Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Automatic Braking
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • ​​Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • ​Lane Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Surround Vision On Display Screen
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Intellibeam® Headlamps

You can contact ALTAWKILAT Saudi Arabia for further inquiries and visit their website.

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6. Mazda CX-9 2023

The Mazda CX-9 is a stylish mid-sized Japanese 7-Seater SUV with 5 variations.

  • Entry
  • High
  • High Plus
  • Ignite
  • Top-of-the-line Limited 100TH Year Special Version in KSA.

Its popularity in the region makes this car to be worthy of being on the list of Saudi Arabia’s top ten SUVs.

All variants have a standard SKYACTIV® 4 Cylinder – 2.5 L Dynamic Pressure Turbo Engine, which produces 231 Hp (ps) @ 5000 RPM and 420 Nm torque @ 2000 rpm.

SKYACTIV® 6-speed Automatic Transaxle gearbox is standard in all variants. It achieves a top speed of 210 km/h and reaches 0-100km/h in just 7.0 secs.

Mazda CX-9 Back/Side Profile

Mazda CX-9 is packed with technology and safety features, making it highly desirable to its buyers.

Protection and Safety Features

  1. 6 Airbags (Dual front + Side front + Curtain)
  2. SKYACTIV® Body Ring structure contains Ultra-tensile steel
  3. Impact-absorbing steering system
  4. Front seats mitigate the shock to the neck
  5. Post-Crash Fuel Cut System
  6. Secondary collision reduction _ hazard warning
  7. Seatbelt reminder for all seats

Awareness-enhancing Technology 

  1. Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH)
  2. Lane Departure Warning (LDWS)
  3. Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
  4. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  5. Parking sensors: front + rear
  6. Rearview camera
  7. Active Driving Display (ADD) On the windscreen
  8. Driver Support Technology
  9. Cruise Control
  10. Lane-keep Assist (LAS)


The base price starts from SAR 144,000 to SAR 180,000. For further details Haji Husein Alireza & Co. on their website.

 5. Toyota Fortuner VX3 4×4 2023

Toyota Fortuner is an established Japanese 7-Seater SUV ruling the market in this category for years. And kept themselves on the list of Saudi Arabia’s top ten SUVs for quite some time.

There are 7 variants of Fortuner in Saudi Arabia, including petrol and diesel engines.

Its top-of-the-line variant is VX3 4×4, with a 4.0 L, 6-CYLINDERS Engine. With an output of 235 HP / 5200 RPM and producing Max Torque: 376 Nm / 3800 RPM.

It has a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Part-Time 4WD with Transfer Case (HI/LOW) and Rear Differential Lock system. Its Fuel Consumption of 9.6 Km/L in the city.

It has an 18″ Alloy Wheel, and the Tires Size is 265/60R18, which gives a smooth ride on regular roads and works well on off-road terrains and rocky mountains.

Few highlighted interior features. 

  • Engine Push Start/Stop Button
  • Leather Seats
  • Power Front Seats
  • Front Seats Ventilation
  • Shift Lever Leather-Trimmed
  • Paddle Shift Controls on Steering Wheel (Automatic)
  • Steering Wheel Leather-Trimmed with Wood Grain Effect
  • Telescopic steering wheel
  • Multi-Information Display
  • Upper Glove Box A/C Ventilation
  • Front Automatic Climate Control
  • Navigation System Touch Screen 8 inch
  • Apple CarPlay System
  • 6 Speakers
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Rear Automatic Climate Control (Cooling Only)
  • Front Passenger Door Lock (Made in Malaysia)*
  • LED Dome Light
  • Automatic Power window on all doors
  • Floor Interior Illumination (Made in Malaysia)*
  • Door Courtesy lamp
  • Auto-dimming Rear View Mirror
  • Sun Visors with Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
  • Rear Dual USB Power Socket “Fast Charger”
  • Audio & Entertainment System
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Convenience & Safety Features
  • Wireless Charger
  • Cruise Control
  • Rear Camera
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors
  • Power Back Door
  • Airbags (Driver & Front Passenger + Driver Knee )
  • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Tire Pressure Warning System (TPWS)
  • Traction Control (TRC)
  • Anti-Theft System (Engine Immobilizer)
  • Prayer Mat (Made in Saudi Arabia)*
  • Safety Package  

The price of VX3 4×4 is SAR 170,430, although the base model GX2 4×2 starts at SAR 119,025. 

Toyota’s authorized dealer in Saudi Arabia is Abdul Lateef Jamil Motors. You can check further detail on their website.

4. Ford Explorer 2023

Ford Explorer 2023 Front/Side Profile

Explorer is a popular powerful American SUV. It comes in the following multiple trims.

3.3 TI-VCT V6 PETROL285HP – 353Nm Torque
2.3 ECOBOOST I-4300HP – 420Nm300HP – 420Nm300HP – 420Nm
3.3L HYBRID 4WD V6318 HP – 473Nm
3.0L ECOBOOST V6400 HP – 563Nm

The Limited 310A option is powered with 3.3L Hybrid 4WD with Terrain Management System.™ The Explorer is prepared for the road ahead.

Having V6 Direct Injection Ti-VCT EcoBoost I-4 engine producing 318 HP. Churning out 473 N.M of Torque with all-new RWD 10-Speed Automatic Transmission. 

The power and driving energetics of the 2023 Explorer comes equipped with an attractive design. That boasts authentic comfort and style. It is built for an active lifestyle.

You will also get an interior space that accommodates so much. The kids, sports equipment, camping gear, and just about anything else you may need on the road to adventure.

You get ample interior cabin room that comfortably accommodates 5-7 passengers.

Color Options.

Interior Photograph.

Ford Explorer is equipped with plenty of technology options. For added assistance and to enhance your driving experience. It comes with Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology. Thanks to SYNC® 3 and FordPass Connect™ on your side. You’ll find that staying connected is easy.

 Few Notable Features:

  • Adaptive LED Lighting
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Tri-Zone Climate Control
  • B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen
  • Sidewind Stabilization
  • 6 Airbags and Side-Curtain
  • AdvanceTrac® w/RSC® (Roll Stability Control™)
  • Steering Column – Power Tilt/Telescoping

3. Mitsubishi Pajero 2023

This Japanese 7-Seater SUV is ever popular for your daily commute or you are an off-roader enthusiast. Mitsubishi Pajero is known for its rugged suspension and 4wD technology.

One of the best SUV options for you. It is surely one of those cars to be listed in Saudi Arabia’s top ten SUVs for a very long time.

Its 3.5L GLS – E27 HL model comes with a 3.5L V6 engine. It generates 189 horsepower and 306 Nm of Torque.

It has a 5-Speed AT Tiptronic transmission. Mitsubishi Pajero is a value for money. It offers a powerful SUV with vast features and safety equipment.

 It is available with a 7 SRS airbag system. Including front airbags, front side airbags, and curtain airbags. And even a driver’s knee airbag, so everyone on board is protected. 

More notable features are :

  • ABS with 4WD
  • ASC: Active Stability Control.
  • BA (Brake Assist)
  • EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Navigation System
  • Center Console Box
  • Immobilizer
  • Leather Seats with Power Seats
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Cargo area light
  • Arm Rest
  • Central Locking
  • Chrome Plated Radiator Grille
  • Daytime Running Lights – LED
  • Door Mirrors with Side Turn Signal, Electric Door Mirrors
  • Audio Controls on Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Mirro
  • Automatic AC and AUX

The base price starts from SAR 145,000 to 153,000, including VAT for the 3.8L version. The authorized dealer in Saudi Arabia is ALESAYI MOTORS. You can find more details on their website

 2. Nissan Patrol 2023

Nissan Patrol 2023

Whenever we talk about one of the most loved and reliable SUVs in the entire Gulf region, the name that comes into your mind is Nissan Patrol.

Nissan Patrol is available in multiple variations in Saudi Arabia. Namely XE, ST2, SE Platinum City, LE Platinum City, and Nismo.  

It has earned its reputation with its power to give an exceptional level of comfort. Not just on ordinary roads but on the desert and rugged mountain terrain. And makes Nissan Patrol the top contender of Saudi Arabia’s top ten SUVs for a very long time.

The SUV is packed with numerous safety features. Such as Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection. And the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system. 

The Nissan Patrol base model is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine, producing 275 horsepower and 394 Nm of Torque. The 5.6-liter V8 variant produces 400 horsepower and 560 Nm of Torque.

The Interior is packed with many powerful features, including two intuitive screens. The first one is an 8-inch Premium Infotainment system screen. Featuring a multitouch gesture function and stays connected to multiple devices through a wifi hotspot. 

Nissan Patrol 2023 Interior.

The second one, the 7-inch icon-based menu screen, provides the necessary information. Such as settings, music controls, and phonebooks. The IT commander next to the gear lever controls all these functions very swiftly.

The base price starts from SAR 178,000 and goes up to SAR 402,000 plus for the top variant Nismo. For more details, log on to the website.

1. Toyota Land Cruiser 2023

The Toyota Land Cruiser 7-Seater is the obvious choice to grab the number one spot on our Top 10 SUVs in Saudi Arabia list. 

Toyota Land Cruiser 2023.

Land Cruiser’s DNA is linked to its 60 years of heritage. A clear winner on the most challenging rugged rocky terrains or deep dive into the slippery sand of the desert.

It has a solid and rigid body structure. A mighty engine and advanced 4×4 systems. Making this SUV an all-rounder hero.

Toyota land Cruiser 2023 Interior.

It is available in 12 variants in Saudi Arabia. Four different types of engines are being offered to match your requirements and set budget. 

Details of engines are as under:

The Toyota Land Cruiser 2023 offers efficient engines instead of V8, producing more power with V6 engine variants. 

1) Engine: 3.3L V6 Twin Turbo 

  • Max Output: 302 HP
  • Torque: 700 N.M.
  • 10-Speed AT with Sequential Mode
  • Full-Time 4WD with Transfer Case (HI/LOW)
  • Front & Rear Differential Lock
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 110 Liter
  • 7 Passengers (Including the Driver)
  • Tires Size: 265/65R18
  • Dimensions L – W – H (mm): 4950 – 1980 – 1905

2) Engine: 3.5L V6 Twin Turbo 

  • Max Output: 409 HP
  • Torque: 650 N.M.
  • 10-Speed AT with Sequential Mode
  • Full-Time 4WD with Transfer Case (HI/LOW)
  • Rear Differential Lock
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 110 Liter
  • 7 Passengers (Including the Driver)
  • Tires Size: 265/65R18
  • Dimensions L – W – H (mm): 5115 – 1980 – 1945

This SUV offers some extraordinary off-road performance features. Such as the Crawl Control (CRAWL) with Off-road Turn Assist (OTA) Multi-terrain Select. And the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). 

  • Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)
  • Supplementary Restraint System (Srs) Airbags
  • Surefooted Control
  • Multi-terrain Select (Mts)
  • The Torsen® Limited Slip Differential (Lsd)
  • Crawl Control System
  • Four-wheel Active Height Control Suspension & Adaptive Variable Suspension System
  • Toyota Turn Assist
  • Power Back Door
  • JBL Audio System
  • Flexible Seating Options
  • Smart Entry System
  • Keep It Coolbox
  • Optitron Speedometer
  • New Stitched Leather Seats (Gxr Grand Touring)
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Daytime Running Led Lamps And The Bi-xenon Technology.
  • 20 Inch Alloy Wheels

The base price of the Land Cruiser 2023 in Saudi Arabia starts at SAR 263,120 and goes up to SAR 405,605 for its top variant. If you are interested in grabbing this SUV, log on to their website.

We are equally excited as you are reading Saudi Scoop’s article and searching for your perfect SUV. The one that fulfills your requirements matches your personality, and meets your budget. Good luck!

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