These are the best cars in South Africa – across every major category

Motoring website Cars.co.za has announced the winners of its 2018/19 consumer awards.

The awards are based on a combination of votes from the public and South African motoring journalists, with a team of judges ultimately determining the final category winners.

Eighteen brands were represented in the list of finalists, with Volkswagen leading the nominations with 7 derivatives, followed by BMW and Ford (4 apiece), and Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo (3 apiece).

Significantly, Porsche and Isuzu made their first appearances in the final stage of the #CarsAwards programme, while Honda and Range Rover returned to the list of 39 after failing to make the last round in 2017/18.

You can find the complete list of winners detailed below.


Best Budget Car (under R200,000)

Winner: Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL


Compact Hatch (R200,000 – R300,000)

Winner: Volkswagen Polo 1.0TSI Comfortline Auto


Adventure SUV (R550,000 – R700,000) 

Winner: Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto


Compact Family (R300,000 – R400,000) 

Winner: Nissan Qashqai 1.2 Acenta Auto


Family Car (R400,000 – R500,000) 

Winner: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI Trendline


Leisure Double Cab (R500,000 – R800,000) 

Winner: Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion Highline Plus


Business Class (R600,000 – R800,000) 

Winner: Volkswagen Arteon 2.0TSI 4Motion R-Line

 


Executive SUV (R700,000 – R900,000) 

Winner: Volvo XC60 D5 AWD R-Design


Premium Compact (R450,000 – R600,000) 

Winner: Mercedes-Benz A200 AMG-Line 


Hot Hatch (under R700,000) 

Winner: Honda Civic Type R


Premium SUV (R1 million – R1.3 million) 

Winner: Range Rover Velar D300 R-Dynamic SE


Executive Sedan (R800,000 – R1 million) 

Winner: Mercedes-Benz E220d Avantgarde


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These are the best cars in South Africa – across every major category