Car of the Year finalists revealed

October 11, 2016 12:06 pm7 comments

cars-awards-trophies_880x500-1JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – FINALISTS for the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank have been announced.

The 39 finalists (three in each of the 13 categories) were selected from a group of 65 cars that the seven members of the editorial team agreed were the best derivatives available in the South African new vehicle market on September 1.

No fewer than 18 brands are represented in the list of finalists and 27 of the final 39 vehicles are produced by German and Japanese marques. The BMW Group, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen lead the nominations with five derivatives apiece, while Toyota South Africa Motors and Jaguar Land Rover SA have four each.

“We are confident that we have very strong candidates in each category, though they’re not always strong for the same reasons. It will be fascinating to see how the judges – our own and the external panel – vote, and what impact the Ownership Satisfaction Survey’s data will have,” says Consumer Experience Manager Hannes Oosthuizen.

“The scene is set for a very interesting final test routine and judging,” he adds. “We urge all South African car owners to complete the survey. We want real, credible input, and the only way to do that is for the public to give us their views on the cars they know best – the ones they own.” is the leading online automotive retail portal which lists thousands of new vehicles stocked by more than 1 000 vehicle dealers countrywide. The Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank was established to be the most prestigious, credible and influential awards programme in the South African motor industry.

 The finalists are (in no particular order):

Budget car (less than R160 000)

Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL

Renault Sandero Expression

Toyota Aygo X-Play

Compact hatchback (between R160 000 and R250 000)

Honda Jazz 1.2 Comfort

Opel Corsa 1.0T Enjoy

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI Comfortline

Compact family car (between R250 000 and R350 000)

Nissan Qashqai 1.2 Visia

Renault Captur dCi 90 Dynamique

Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GL+

Family car (between R350 000 and R500 000)

Hyundai Tucson 2.0 NU Elite Auto

Nissan X-Trail 2.5 SE CVT AWD

Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI Comfortline DSG

Performance car (between R600 000 and R1 000 000)


Mercedes-AMG A45 4Motion

Ford Focus RS

Premium hatchback (between R350 000 and R500 000)

BMW 120i M Sport sports-auto


Mercedes-Benz A220d Style

Fun car (less than R600 000)

Mazda MX-5

Mini JCW auto

VW Golf GTI Clubsport

Lifestyle SUV (between R500 000 and R750 000)

Ford Everest 3.2 LTD

Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto

Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 SE

Executive sedan (between R750 000 and R1 000 000)

Jaguar XF 25t Portfolio

Lexus GS350 F-Sport

Mercedes-Benz E220d Avantgarde

First class (more than R1 000 000)

Mercedes-Benz S500e LWB

BMW 750Li Design Pure Excellence

Range Rover SDV8 Autobiography LWB

Leisure double cab (more than R450 000)

Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak 4×4 Auto

Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Raider Auto

VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDI 4Motion Highline Auto

Business class (between R500 000 and R750 000)

Audi A4 2.0T FSI Sport S-tronic

BMW 330d M Sport sports-auto

Mercedes-Benz C250 AMG Line

Premium SUV (between R750 000 and R1 200 000)

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro

Jaguar F-PACE 30d R-Sport

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription.

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