The best pre-owned cars to buy in South Africa in 2019

Gumtree has published the shortlist for its 2019 pre-owned car awards.

The awards include 12 different categories, from budget city cars to luxury SUVs, and include five finalists as selected by a panel of expert judges.

The judging criteria include interior quality, standard features, durability, performance, both fuel and maintenance economy, and resale value. Only 2017 models with at least six months of depreciation data were considered.

“These are real-world awards for the cars that most South Africans buy using the factors that truly matter to them,” said Gumtree Autos’ Jeff Osborne. “There’s a wide range of brands in every category shortlist with the Hatchbacks and the SUVs being the most tightly contested.”

The winners will be announced on 29 October at a gala event in Johannesburg.

You can find a list of the finalists below:


Budget city cars under R130,000

  • Toyota Aygo 1.0 X-Play (5 door)
  • Kia Picanto 1.0 Street
  • VW Take Up! 1.0 (5 door)
  • Renault Kwid 1.0 Dynamique
  • Toyota Etios 1.5Xi (5 door)

Light hatchbacks under R170,000

  • Ford Fiesta 1.4 Trend (5 door)
  • Hyundai Grand I10 1.25 Fluid
  • Mazda 2 1.5 Active (5 door)
  • Renault Sandero 900T Stepway Dynamique
  • Toyota Etios 1.5XS Sprint (5 door)

Medium-sized saloons under R250,000

  • Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Executive (automatic)
  • Suzuki Ciaz 1.4GLX
  • Toyota Corolla Prestige 1.6 CVT
  • Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6
  • VW Polo GP 1.6 Comfortline

Hatchbacks under R260,000

  • Audi A1 Sportback 1.0T FSI SE STronic
  • Kia Rio 1.4LX
  • Renault Clio IV 900T Dynamique (66kW)
  • Toyota Auris 1.6XS
  • VW Golf 7 1.0TSI Comfortline

Crossovers under R315,000

  • Hyundai Creta 1.6 Executive (A)
  • Mazda CX3 2.0 Individual (A)
  • Subaru XV2.0i (CVT)
  • Suzuki Ignis 1.2GLX
  • Toyota C-HR 1.2 Plus (CVT)

Entry-level SUVs under R330,000

  • Ford Kuga 1.5 Ecoboost Ambiente (A)
  • Kia Sport 2.0 Ignite
  • Mazda CX5 2.0 Dynamic (A)
  • Toyota RAV4 2.0GX (A)
  • VW Tiguan 1.4TSI Trendline (92kW)

Double-cab bakkies under R450,000

  • Ford Ranger 3.2TDCi Wildtrak (A)
  • Isuzu KB300 D-TEQ LX (A)
  • Nissan Navara 2.5dci LE
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 Raider (A)
  • VW Amarok 2.0BiTDi Highline 132kW (A)

Medium-sized SUVs under R475,000

  • Honda CR-V 1.5T Executive AWD (CVT)
  • Hyundai Tucson 1.6TGDi Elite DCT AWD
  • Mazda CX5 2.2DE Active (A)
  • Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6 RB (A)
  • VW Tiguan 2.0TDI Comfortline 4-Motion

Medium-sized luxury saloons under R475,000

  • Audi A4 2.0T FSI S-Tronic (B9)
  • Lexus IS200T 300 EX
  • Mercedes Benz C200
  • VW Passat 2.0 TDI Luxury DSG
  • Volvo S60 D4 Momentum Geartronic

Performance saloon and hatches under R575,000

  • Audi A3 Sportback S-Tronic (228kW)
  • BMW 240i
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Subaru WRX 2.5 STI Premium
  • VW Golf R (DSG)

Luxury SUVs under R615,000

  • BMW X4 2.0d
  • Jaguar F-Pace 2.0Di4 AWD Pure
  • Land-Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 Si4 SE
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC250d
  • Range Rover Evoque 2.0TD4 SE

Large Luxury SUVs under R875,000

  • Audi Q7
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Volvo XC90
  • Mercedes GLE 350
  • Toyota Landcruiser Prado

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