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A QUICK glance around the roads today and you can't help but notice the increasing number of sport utility vehicles (SUV's) zooming about.
From the small (think Diahatsu Terios) through to the large (Mercedes ML-63) there is something to fit most motorists requirements and budgets.
The Toyota Fortuner sits somewhere in the middle when it comes to price and the 3,0 litre D-4D model is the subject of this week's road test.
Attending the launch of the latest generation Fortuner in Namibia earlier this year underscored its strong off-road capabilities but this time around I was looking forward to seeing how it measured up as a day-to-day urban commuter.
Our test vehicle came in black, which suits its strong looks perfectly, but the vehicle is available in five other colours.
The Fortuner comes with a top pedigree and carrying the title of the largest selling SUV in the country, which shows just how popular this particular vehicle is.
It's primarily a five-seater (2+3) but a couple of foldable seats in the boot increases this to seven for those that need the extra space.
If the third row of seats are not used, a nice feature is that the second row can slide back to provide more legroom for passengers.
Comfortwise the interior matches that of a segment leading vehicle with sand beige leather providing a comfortable ride.
Tinted windows all-round will certainly come in handy with summer not far away and the leather steering wheel has audio controls nicely positioned.
Whereas fake wood trim can often look tacky, the quality and amount used in the Fortuner complements the leather seating.
The more I drive in an urban environment the more I appreciate a smooth automatic gearbox and the four-speed which the Fortuner comes equipped with.
Safety-wise it won't let you down with a host of airbags, ABS, alarm-immobiliser and central locking all standard features.
On fuel, I managed a fraction under 10 litres per 100km but expect that to drop with open road driving.
The Fortuner, priced at R354100, derives its name from the word "fortunate" and if I was lucky enough to own one, I would consider myself just that!