South Africa’s 12 best cars to buy in 2018

CAR magazine has published its annual ‘Top 12 Best Buys’ for 2018, a list of vehicles the publication deemed to be the best within their respective classes.

The list is based on ranges (not individual models) driven by CAR’s vastly-experienced editorial team, with a number of facets including package, personality, performance and value all considered when making the final decision.

The full list published – including special ward winners – will be published in the upcoming March 2018 issue of CAR magazine.

The list of overall category winners and runners is detailed below.

Best budget car (under R160 000) – Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GA

Runners up

  • Kia Picanto 1,0 Street
  • Nissan Micra Active 1.2 Visia

Best small hatchback – Volkswagen Polo

Runners up

  • Volkswagen Polo Vivo
  • Mazda 2

Best midsize hatchback – Volkswagen Golf

Runners up

  • Audi A3
  • Ford Focus

Best midsize sedan – Toyota Corolla Quest

Runners up

  • Ford Focus
  • Mazda3

Best premium midsize car – BMW 3 Series

Runners up

  • Audi A4
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Best luxury car – Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Runners up

  • Porsche Panamera
  • BMW 5 Series

Best performance car – Porsche 911 GT3 PDK

Runners up

  • Audi TT RS Coupé Quattro S tronic
  • Audi RS6 Avant Quattro S tronic

Best small SUV/crossover – Honda BR-V

Runners up

  • Renault Captur
  • Kia Soul

Best midsize SUV/crossover – Volkswagen Tiguan

Runners up

  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Mazda CX-5

Best premium midsize SUV/crossover – Audi Q5

Runners up

  • BMW X3
  • Range Rover Velar

Best large SUV/crossover – Range Rover Sport

Runners up

  • Volvo XC90
  • Audi Q7

Best double-cab bakkie – Ford Ranger

Runners up

  • Toyota Hilux
  • Volkswagen Amarok

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