These are the best cars in South Africa – ranked by affordability

Car advertising website, has announced a list of 13 winning cars across a range of categories in its third annual consumer awards in conjunction with WesBank.

The winning vehicles were announced at an event held at The Galleria, M1 Place, on Thursday evening, 25 January, 2018.

The Grand Prize of the night, South Africa’s Brand of the Year, was for a second time won by Suzuki South Africa.

The finalists – three in each of 13 respective categories – were selected out of 65 vehicles that seven members of’s extended editorial team agreed were the best derivatives available in the South African new vehicle market in the fourth quarter of 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 had five apiece), followed by the BMW Group (four).

In November last year a combined panel (the editorial team and 11 guest judges) evaluated the finalists back-to-back during a two-day test at Gerotek.

The findings of the 18 judges accounted for half of the finalists’ total scores – the other half were based on rankings that the respective vehicles’ brands achieved in the Ownership Satisfaction Survey, in partnership with data specialists Lightstone Consumer.

The data incorporated 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.

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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