These are the best cars in South Africa in 2019 has named the finalists of its 2019/20 consumer awards.

The finalists were selected out of 65 vehicles that’s extended editorial team agreed were the best derivatives available in the South African new passenger vehicle market as of 1 September 2019.

17 brands are represented in the list of finalists, with Volkswagen leading the nominations with 7 derivatives, followed by BMW, Ford and Toyota (4 car), Mazda and Suzuki (3 cars).

Chinese SUV brand Haval also made its first appearance, while Jaguar and Land Rover return to the list after failing to make the last round in 2018/19.

The finalists in their respective categories are as follows:

Budget Car

  • Kia Picanto 1.2 Style
  • Suzuki Swift 1.2 GLX
  • Volkswagen Polo Vivo Trendline

Compact Hatch

  • Ford Fiesta 1.0 Trend Auto
  • Mazda2 1.5 Individual Auto
  • Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Comfortline Auto

Premium Hatch

  • Mazda3 2.0 Astina
  • Mercedes-Benz A200 AMG-Line
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI

Executive SUV

  • BMW X3 xDrive20d M-Sport
  • Range Rover Evoque D180 R-Dynamic SE
  • Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design

Compact Family Car

  • Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Prestige
  • Suzuki Vitara 1.4T GLX Auto
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 85kW Highline R-Line

Family Car

  • Mazda CX-5 2.0 Dynamic Auto
  • Peugeot 3008 2.0 HDI Allure
  • Toyota RAV4 2.0 GX Auto

Adventure SUV

  • Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4WD Limited
  • Haval H9 Luxury
  • Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6 4×4 Auto

Premium SUV

  • Audi Q8 55 TFSI Quattro
  • BMW X5 xDrive30d M-Sport
  • Range Rover Velar D300 R-Dynamic HSE


  • Audi Q3 35 TFSI S Line
  • Jaguar E-Pace D180 AWD R-Dynamic
  • Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design

Leisure Double Cab

  • Ford Ranger 2.0 BiTDi Wildtrak 4×4 Auto
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Legend 50 4×4 Auto
  • Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI Highline 4Motion

Business Class

  • BMW 320d Sport Line
  • Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line
  • Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line

Fun Hatch

  • Mini Cooper S Sports-Auto
  • Suzuki Swift Sport 1.4T
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI

Performance Car

  • BMW M2 Competition M-DCT
  • Ford Mustang GT 5.0
  • Toyota Supra 3.0T

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