3 of the best cars across all major categories in South Africa

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

The finalists – three in each of 13 respective categories – were selected out of 65 vehicles that seven members of Cars.co.za’s extended editorial team agreed were the best derivatives available in the South African new vehicle market on 1 September 2017.

To reduce the selection of vehicles per category from five to three, the same team ranked the contenders by evaluating them against predetermined pillars of success in each category.

No fewer than 20 brands are represented in the list of finalists, with the Volkswagen Group leading the nominations with 10 derivatives (Audi and VW have five apiece), followed by the BMW Group (four).

The next phase of the programme will take place on 1 and 2 November 2017, when a combined panel (the Cars.co.za editorial team and 11 guest judges) will evaluate the finalists back-to-back during a two-day test at Gerotek.

The findings of the 18 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, in partnership with leading data specialists Lightstone Consumer.

The data incorporates feedback from thousands of vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles.

For 2017/18, the categories were updated in consideration of new vehicle sales trends, such as increased demand for small/compact crossovers, public preference for SUVs over sedans and MPVs, and to better distinguish between road-biased Executive and off-road Adventure SUVs.

The scores of the combined judging panel only have a 50% weighting on the final results, the rest will be based on the Cars.co.za Owner Satisfaction Survey findings.

The judges will re-evaluate the finalists back to back on a predetermined course during the two-day event at the Gerotek vehicle testing facility.

Budget Car (up to R175 000)

  • Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GL
  • Kia Picanto 1.0 Style
  • VW Take Up!

Compact Hatchback (between R175 000 and R250 000)

  • Mazda 2 1.5 Individual
  • Renault Clio 66 kW Turbo Dynamique
  • Toyota Yaris 1.5 Pulse

Premium Hatch (between R350 000 and R500 000)

  • Audi A3 Sportback 2.0T FSI S-Tronic
  • Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Comfortline R-Line
  • Subaru XV 2.0i-S ES

Business Class (between R500 000 and R700 000)

  • Audi A5 Sportback 2.0T FSI Sport S-Tronic
  • BMW 420d Gran Coupe Sport Line sports-auto
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0T Super

Executive Sedan (between R700 000 and R1 000 000)

  • Mercedes-Benz E350d
  • BMW 530d Luxury Line
  • Volvo S90 D5 R-Design

Executive SUV between R600 000 and R900 000

  • Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro Sport
  • Jaguar F-Pace 20d AWD R Sport
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC250d 4Matic AMG Line

Premium SUV (between R900 000 and R1.25 million)

  • Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine R-Design
  • Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro
  • Land Rover Discovery HSE TD6

Adventure SUV (between R550 000 and R800 000)

  • Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto
  • Ford Everest 3.2 LTD
  • Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2.4 D4

Compact Family Car (between R250 000 to R350 000)

  • Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GLX Auto
  • Hyundai Creta 1.6 Exec Auto
  • Renault Captur dCi Dynamique

Family Car (between R350 000 and R500 000)

  • Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI Comfortline R-Line DSG
  • Peugeot 3008 1.6T GT-Line
  • Mazda CX-5 2.5 Individual

Performance Car (between R600 000 and R1 000 000)

  • BMW M2 M-DCT
  • Volkswagen Golf R
  • Audi RS3 sedan

Fun Car (under R600 000)

  • Mini JCW sports-auto
  • Renault Clio RS220 Trophy
  • Mazda MX-5

Leisure Double Cab (above R500 000)

  • Nissan Navara 2.3D 4×4 LE Auto
  • Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak 4×4 Auto
  • Volkswagen Amarok V6 TDI 4Motion Highline Plus

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3 of the best cars across all major categories in South Africa