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

Motoring website Cars.co.za has announced the winners of its 2020/21 consumer awards.

Now in its sixth edition, the awards were conceived to be South Africa’s definitive automotive awards programme, and the list of vehicles it recognises is meant to guide car buyers to make the best-informed purchasing decisions.

The judging panel evaluates vehicles directly against their peers in specific categories, each of which has particular requirements.

50% of the final scores is based on brand-specific after-sales data that incorporate customer feedback from thousands of South African vehicle owners.

Toyota won five of the 13 vehicle categories of the 2020/21 programme, followed by Volkswagen, which received three trophies.

Derivatives of the Volkswagen Polo, Golf GTI and T-Cross, as well as the Toyota Fortuner, all defended their category crowns from the 2019/20 awards.

The full list of winners in every major category is outlined in more detail below.


Budget Car – Toyota Starlet 1.4 XR

Compact Hatch – Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Comfortline Auto

Compact Family Car – Volkswagen T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line

Entry Level Car – Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL

Family Car – Toyota RAV4 2.0 AWD GX-R

Adventure SUV – Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 VX Auto

Premium SUV – Land Rover Defender D240 HSE

Executive SUV – Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design

Crossover – Toyota C-HR 1.2T Luxury

Premium Crossover – Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design

Hot hatch – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR

Leisure Double Cab – Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Legend Auto

Sports Executive – BMW 330is Edition


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