These are the best pre-owned cars in South Africa right now

Gumtree has announced the winners of its 2019 pre-owned auto awards, highlighting South Africa’s best used cars across every price range.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges based on factors such as interior quality, standard features, durability, performance, fuel and maintenance economy and of course resale value.

All the cars were 2017 models to reflect their pre-owned status.

A total of 20 automobile brands were nominated across 12 categories, with some clear standouts from both judges and South African voters.

The biggest winner was Volkswagen with eight wins out of 16 nominations across both the judges and peoples choice awards.

A full list of winners and the ‘people’s choice’ winners is outlined below.


Budget city cars under R130,000

  • Judge’s choice: Kia Picanto 1.0 Street
  • People’s choice: Kia Picanto 1.0 Street


Light hatchbacks under R170,000

  • Judge’s choice: Renault Sandero 900T Stepway Dynamique
  • People’s choice: Ford Fiesta 1.4 Trend


Medium-sized saloons under R250,000

  • Judge’s choice: Toyota Corolla Prestige 1.6 CVT
  • People’s choice: VW Polo GP 1.6 Comfortline


Hatchbacks under R260,000

  • Judge’s choice: VW Golf 7 1.0TSI Comfortline
  • People’s choice: VW Golf 7 1.0TSI Comfortline


Crossovers under R315,000

  • Judge’s choice: Mazda CX3 2.0 Individual 
  • People’s choice: Mazda CX3 2.0 Individual 


Entry-level SUVs under R330,000

  • Judge’s choice: VW Tiguan 1.4TSI Trendline 
  • People’s choice: VW Tiguan 1.4TSI Trendline 


Double-cab bakkies under R450,000

  • Judge’s choice: Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 Raider 
  • People’s choice: Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 Raider 


Medium-sized SUVs under R475,000

  • Judge’s choice: VW Tiguan 2.0TDI Comfortline
  • People’s choice: Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6 RB 


Medium-sized luxury saloons under R475,000

  • Judge’s choice: Mercedes Benz C200
  • People’s choice: Mercedes Benz C200


Performance saloon and hatches under R575,000

  • Judge’s choice: VW Golf R (DSG)
  • People’s choice: VW Golf R (DSG)


Luxury SUVs under R615,000

  • Judge’s choice: Mercedes-Benz GLC250d
  • People’s choice: Range-Rover Evoque 2.0TD4 SE


Large Luxury SUVs under R875,000

  • Judge’s choice: Volvo XC90
  • People’s choice: Audi Q7 3.0TDI V6 Quattro Tiptronic


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