The 13 best cars in South Africa – according to South African motorists

 ·2 Mar 2024, a platform for used cars, has recently announced the winners of its annual 2023/2024 Consumer Awards.

The awards recognised the best buys in 13 unique categories for South Africa’s new-car market, along with the Brand of the Year.

The winners were chosen based on the feedback from owners regarding the quality, reliability, and after-sales performance of the vehicles, monthly sales data, and the personal experience of a panel of 20 seasoned judges.

This year’s awards saw BMW and Suzuki leading the pack, as they each won three awards.

BMW’s battery-powered iX1 and iX were particularly impressive, as they secured victories in the Electric Vehicle and Premium SUV categories.

Ford made a triumphant return to the awards after a three-year absence and won two first-place medals thanks to its popular Everest Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor models.

Kia made history in the Consumer Awards by winning their first victory. The diesel-powered Sportage EX won the Family Car category and was also a finalist for the vehicle with the “highest individual score” with a rating of 81.9%.

Toyota won the Brand of the Year award for the second consecutive year and has won four trophies in this segment so far. Suzuki and VW won two and one trophies, respectively.

The Ownership Satisfaction Survey’s findings and market data determine the Brand of the Year. Sales and after-sales service ratings have a significant impact.

The 13 best cars in South Africa

The winners and runners-up of the 2023/2024 Consumer Awards are detailed below.

Entry-level hatch – Suzuki Swift 1.2 GLX

  • 2nd place – Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL
  • 3rd place – Renault Kiger 1.0 Zen

Budget hatch – Suzuki Baleno 1.5 GLX

  • 2nd place – Toyota Starlet 1.5 XR
  • 3rd place – Renault Clio 1.0 Turbo Zen

Compact hatch – VW Polo 1.0 TSI 85kW R-Line

  • 2nd place – Honda Fit 1.5 Elegance
  • 3rd place – Opel Corsa 1.2T Elegance

Entry-level crossover – Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.5 GLX

  • 2nd place – Haval Jolion 1.5T Premium
  • 3rd place – Chery Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5 Elite Auto

Compact family car – Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 XR

  • 2nd place – Haval Jolion S Super Luxury
  • 3rd place – Renault Duster 1.5dCi Intens

Family car – Kia Sportage 1.6CRDi EX

  • 2nd place – Haval H6 1.5T HEV Ultra Luxury
  • 3rd place – Chery Tiggo 8 Pro Max 2.0TGDi 390T Executive

Premium crossover – BMW X1 sDrive18d M Sport

  • 2nd place – Volvo XC40 B4 Ultimate Dark
  • 3rd place – Audi Q3 Sportback 40TFSI quattro S Line

Executive SUV – Mercedes-Benz GLC220d 4Matic Avantgarde

  • 2nd place – BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport
  • 3rd place – Lexus NX 350h F Sport

Premium SUV – BMW iX xDrive40

  • 2nd place – BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport
  • 3rd place – Land Rover Defender 110 D250 SE County

Adventure SUV – Ford Everest 3.0 V6 Wildtrak

  • 2nd place – Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6 4×4 VX
  • 3rd place – Isuzu MU-X 3.0TD Onyx 4×4

Performance car – Toyota GR Yaris Rally

  • 2nd place – Toyota GR Corolla Circuit
  • 3rd place – Honda Civic Type R    

Leisure double cab – Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 EcoBoost Raptor 4WD

  • 2nd place – Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 Wildtrak 4WD
  • 3rd place – VW Amarok 3.0 TDI V6 Aventura 4Motion

Electric vehicle – BMW iX1 xDrive30 M Sport

  • 2nd place – Volvo XC40 Twin Motor Ultimate
  • 3rd place – GWM Ora 03 Super Lux

Brand of the year – Toyota/Lexus

  • 2nd place – Suzuki
  • 3rd place – BMW/Mini

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