Car advertising website, Cars.co.za has announced a list of 39 finalists – 3 in each of the 13 respective categories – in its second annual consumer awards in conjunction with WesBank.
The finalists were selected from a group of 65 cars that the seven members of the Cars.co.za editorial team agreed were the best derivatives available in the South African new vehicle market on 1 September 2016.
To reduce the selection of vehicles per category from five to three, the same team ranked the contenders against predetermined pillars of success in each category.
As many as 18 brands are represented in the list of finalists and 27 of the final 39 vehicles are produced by German and Japanese marques.
The BMW Group, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen lead the nominations with five derivatives apiece, while Toyota South Africa Motors and Jaguar Land Rover SA have four each.
The 3rd phase of the awards will take place in early November when a combined judging panel will evaluate the finalists back-to-back during a two-day testing session at Gerotek.
However, the findings of the 14 judges will only count for half of the finalists’ total scores – the remaining 50% will be based on rankings that the respective vehicles’ brands achieved in the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey.
The data incorporates feedback from tens of thousands of vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles, Cars.co.za said.
The finalists are:
Budget car – less than R160 000
- Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL
- Renault Sandero Expression
- Toyota Aygo X-Play
Compact hatchback – between R160 000 and R250 000
- Honda Jazz 1.2 Comfort
- Opel Corsa 1.0T Enjoy
- Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI Comfortline
Compact family car – between R250 000 and R350 000
- Nissan Qashqai 1.2 Visia
- Renault Captur dCi 90 Dynamique
- Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GL+
Family car – between R350 000 and R500 000
- Hyundai Tucson 2.0 NU Elite Auto
- Nissan X-Trail 2.5 SE CVT AWD
- Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI Comfortline DSG
Performance car – between R600 000 and R1 000 000
- BMW M2 M-DCT
- Mercedes-AMG A45 4MATIC
- Ford Focus RS
Premium hatchback – between R350 000 and R500 000
- BMW 120i M Sport sports-auto
- VW Golf GTI DSG
- Mercedes-Benz A220d Style
Fun car – less than R600 000
- Mazda MX-5
- Mini JCW auto
- VW Golf GTI Clubsport
Lifestyle SUV – between R500 000 and R750 000
- Ford Everest 3.2 LTD
- Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto
- Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 SE
Executive sedan – between R750 000 and R1 000 000
- Jaguar XF 25t Portfolio
- Lexus GS350 F-Sport
- Mercedes-Benz E220d Avantgarde
First class – more than R1 000 000
- Mercedes-Benz S500e LWB
- BMW 750Li Design Pure Excellence
- Range Rover SDV8 Autobiography LWB
Leisure double cab – more than R450 000
- Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak 4×4 Auto
- Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Raider Auto
- VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDI 4Motion Highline Auto
Business class – between R500 000 and R750 000
- Audi A4 2.0T FSI Sport S-tronic
- BMW 330d M Sport sports-auto
- Mercedes-Benz C250 AMG Line
Premium SUV – between R750 000 and R1 200 000
- Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro
- Jaguar F-PACE 30d R-Sport
- Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription