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

Motoring website has announced the finalists of its 2020/21 consumer awards.

The 39 finalists for the 2020/21 programme were selected by the extended editorial team – each member scored the 65 pre-selected semi-finalists individually across 13 respective categories.

Once the scores were tallied, three finalists were identified in each of the segments.

“We made some revisions to the categories to make sure that they are in line with what South Africans are shopping for in the new vehicle market, but also factored in which segments had seen significant activity in terms of new launches,” said consumer experience manager Hannes Oosthuizen.

“We also consider pricing movements, to make sure that our categories remain relevant to the consumer,” he said.


  • Hyundai Atos 1.1 Motion
  • Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 S-Edition
  • Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL

Budget car

  • Suzuki Baleno 1.4 GLX
  • Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX
  • Toyota Starlet 1.4 XR

Compact hatch

  • Ford Fiesta 1.0T Trend auto
  • Suzuki Swift 1.4T Sport auto
  • Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Comfortline auto

Compact family car

  • Kia Seltos 1.5 CRDi EX+
  • Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Prestige
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line

Family car

  • Citroën C5 Aircross 1.6T Shine
  •  Mazda CX-5 2.0 Dynamic auto
  • Toyota RAV4 2.0 AWD GX-R

Adventure SUV

  • Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4WD XLT
  • Isuzu M-UX 3.0 4WD
  • Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 VX Auto

Executive SUV

  • BMW X3 xDrive20d M-Sport
  • Range Rover Evoque P250 R-Dynamic SE
  • Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design

Premium SUV

  • BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport
  • Land Rover Defender D240 HSE
  • Volvo XC90 T8 Twin-Engine R-Design


  • Mazda CX-3 2.0 Individual Plus
  • Subaru XV 2.0i-S ES
  • Toyota C-HR 1.2T Luxury

Premium crossover

  • Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro S Line
  • Mini Countryman Cooper S
  • Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design

Hot hatch

  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Hyundai i30 N
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Leisure double-cab

  • Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4×4 Wildtrak
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Legend Auto
  • Volkswagen Amarok 2.0BiTDI Highline Plus 4Motion

Sport executive

  • Audi A4 40 TFSI Sport S Line
  • BMW 330is Edition
  • Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line

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