For the first time, a Jaguar has won AutoTrader South African Car of the Year. It is also the first win by an electric car.
The Jaguar I-PACE EV400 AWD SE is the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year winner, having also won the 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car awards. It also claimed the European Car of Year title last year.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE400d 4Matic was placed second while the Toyota GR Supra 3.0T was third.
The winning vehicle was announced during a virtual awards ceremony, with the competition organised by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists.
There are a number of category winners in the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year, and these winners were announced as well.
The winner in the Urban Category was the Hyundai Atos 1.1 Motion. This category covers compact budget-friendly passenger vehicles that are ideal for in-town driving. Buyers of these cars typically rate practicality over luxury and performance.
The winner in the Family category was the Toyota Corolla Hatch 1.2T XR CVT.
The Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI Comfortline 85kW DSG picked up the Leisure category award. This category covers sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs).
The Lifestyle Utility Vehicles Category was won by the Ford Ranger Raptor. These vehicles typically offer supreme 4×4 ability and can be either an SUV or a single or double-cab bakkie.
The highly contested Premium Car Category was won by the overall winner, namely the Jaguar I-PACE EV400 AWD SE.
The Premium SUV category was won by the Mercedes-Benz GLE400d 4Matic.
The final category – sport/performance – was won by the Toyota GR Supra 3.0T.