South Africa’s best cars in 2017 – ranked by affordability

Consumer website Cars.co.za has revealed a list of semi-finalists for its annual consumer awards, in conjunction with Wesbank.

The vehicles were selected by Cars.co.za’s editorial team which went through a stringent selection process, with particular attention paid to the vehicle’s eligibility and “pillars of success”.

The categories include the number of distinct price brackets, ranging from “best budget car” (under R175,000) through to best performance car (R1 million+).

The 13 eventual category winners will be selected from a pool of 65 vehicles. Suzuki was awarded with brand of the Year in last year’s awards ceremony.

In the first round of the Awards an extended editorial team selected the five of the best cars in each of the 13 categories devised for the awards. All vehicles available on the South African market on September 1, 2017, were eligible, not only new products launched in the past 12 months.

“The debate and agreement by consensus is a core pillar of our programme,” said Cars.co.za Consumer Experience Manager, Hannes Oosthuizen.

“We debate each eligible vehicle within the context of its category, and will not move on until the entire team is in agreement. This means far deeper interrogation and more exhaustive investigation than is typical in a ‘secret vote’ set-up.”

In the next round, due to take place early in October, the same jury will score each vehicle individually, taking into account the various, different criteria that each category prescribes. The top 3 (finalists) will then be announced later this month, and be put through back-to-back testing at Gerotek in Gauteng early in November.

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Budget Car (under R175,000)

  • Kia Picanto 1.0 Style – from R159,995
  • Renault Sandero Expression – from R164,900
  • VW Take Up 5dr – from R167,800
  • Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GL – from R169,900
  • Toyota Etios 1.5 Sprint hatch – from R174,300

Compact Hatch (R175,000 – R250,000)

  • Toyota Yaris 1.5 Pulse – from R228,700
  • Opel Corsa 1.0 Enjoy – from R234,300
  • Mazda2 1.5 Individual – from R243,300
  • Renault Clio 66kW Dynamique – from R244,900
  • Kia Rio 1.4 EX Hatch – from R249,995

Premium Hatch (R350,000 – R500,000)

  • VW Golf 1.4TSI Comfortline R-Line DSG – from R380,600
  • Mini Hatch 5dr Cooper S sports-auto – from R470, 126
  • Audi A3 Sportback 2.0TFSI S-line Auto – from R475,500
  • BMW 120i 5dr Sportline Sports Auto – from R486,384
  • Subaru XV 2.0i-S ES – from R439,000

Compact Family (R250,000 – R350,000)

  • Renault Captur 66kW Dynamique – from R294,900
  • Honda HR-V 1.5 Comfort – from R344,200
  • Haval H2 1.5T Luxury Auto – from R309,900
  • Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GLX Auto – from R360,900
  • Hyundai Creta 1.6 Exec Auto – from R344,900

Family Car (R350,000 – R500,000)

  • Mazda CX-5 2.5 Individual Auto – from R495,600
  • Honda CR-V 2.0 Elegance Auto – from R477,900
  • Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi EX Auto – from R487,995
  • VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI Comfortline R-Line Auto – from R498,600
  • Peugeot 3008 1.6T GT-Line Auto – from R499,900

Business Class (R500,000 – R700,000)

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T Super – from R625,000
  • Audi A5 Sportback 2.0TFSI Sport S-line sports – from R670,500
  • Jaguar XE 20d R-Sport – from R649,300
  • Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line – from R678,422
  • BMW 420d Gran Coupe Sport Line sports-auto – from R681,900

Executive Sedan (R700,000 – R1,000,000)

  • Jaguar XF 30t Portfolio – from R937,262
  • BMW 530d Luxury Line – from R996,096
  • BMW 530i M Sport – from R903,594
  • Mercedes-Benz E350d Avantgarde – from R970,636
  • Volvo S90 D5 R-Design AWD – from R728,706

Leisure Double Cab (above R500,000)

  • Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak 4×4 Auto – from R571,900
  • VW Amarok V6 TDI Highline Plus 4Motion – from R596,200
  • Nissan Navara 2.3D LE Auto 4×4 – from R587,900
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 Raider 4×4 Auto – from R557,400
  • Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 DI-D 4×4 Auto – from R559,900

Adventure SUV (R550,000 – R800,000)

  • Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 Auto 4×4 – from R624,100
  • Ford Everest 3.2 LTD Auto – from R706,900
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4 D4 4×4 Auto – from R599,995
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport SE TD4 – from R743,066
  • Jeep Cherokee 3.2 Trailhawk – from R777,900

Executive SUV (R600,000 – R900,000)

  • Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro Sport – from R748,000
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d 4Matic AMG Line – from R750,822
  • Lexus NX200t F Sport – from R786,600
  • Jaguar F-PACE 20d AWD R Sport – from R943,400
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury TD4 – from R860,366

Premium SUV (R900,000 – R1.25 million)

  • Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro – from R1,052,000
  • Jaguar F-PACE 35t AWD S – from R1,172,446
  • Land Rover Discovery HSE TD6 – from R980,000
  • Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 – from R1,215,706
  • Volvo XC90 T8 R-Design – from R1,203,800

Fun Car (under R600,000)

  • BMW 230i M Sport Sports Auto – from R575,6400
  • Mazda MX-5 – from R532,800
  • Mini JCW sports auto – Pricing not available
  • Renault Clio Trophy – from R419,900
  • Toyota 86 High – from R494,900

Performance car (R600,000 – R1 million)

  • Audi RS3 Sedan – from R925,500
  • BMW M2 Coupe MDCT – from R914,506
  • Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 Coupe Auto – from R861,900
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic – from R773,914
  • Volkswagen Golf R AWD – from R657,000

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South Africa’s best cars in 2017 – ranked by affordability