Johannesburg – The Top 23 Finalists for the South African Car of the Year has been announced – and what a line-up it is!

Besides the overall winner’s crown, the Finalists can also win one of nine categories: Budget, Compact, Family Compact, Family, Premium, Performance, New Energy, Adventure SUV and Double Cab. The final category, Luxury, has no contenders.

The most competitive category will be our Compact Family with 6 Finalists: the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Peugeot 2008, Toyota Corolla Sedan and Volkswagen T-Roc. The Budget category has the Hyundai Grand i10, Suzuki S-Presso and the Toyota Starlet going head-to-head and our Compact category has the Hyundai Venue, Opel Corsa and Suzuki Vitara Brezza vying for top honours. The Family category includes the Volkswagen Caravelle which is an interesting Finalist that has proven extremely popular.

Hyundai and Toyota each have an impressive 4 models that made the Finalist list. Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Suzuki have 2 Finalists each and Audi, BMW, Kia, Land Rover, Opel, Peugeot have one Finalist each.

Audi A4 Family
BMW 4-series Premium
Hyundai Grand i10 Budget
Hyundai Venue Compact
Hyundai i30 N Performance
Hyundai Creta Compact Family
Kia Seltos Compact Family
Land Rover Defender 110 Adventure SUV
Mazda CX-30 Compact Family
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Premium
Mercedes-Benz GLA Family
Opel Corsa Compact
Peugeot 2008 SUV Compact Family
Porsche Taycan New Energy
Porsche 911 Turbo S Performance
Suzuki Vitara Brezza Compact
Suzuki S-Presso Budget
Toyota Corolla Sedan XS and XR Compact Family
Toyota Starlet Budget
Toyota Hilux Double Cab
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Adventure SUV
Volkswagen T-Roc Compact Family
Volkswagen Caravelle Family

*In alphabetical order

The Car of the Year committee is extremely pleased with the variety of vehicles that made the Finalist round and our jury panel of experts from the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has a tough task ahead of them.

The final round of scoring will commence shortly and continue until 11 June 2021, where far more detailed scoring will be done on the vehicles. This round of scoring also includes automated factors based on sales data.

The SAGMJ and the Car of the Year committee wish all contenders good luck. The Category Winners and Overall SA Car of the Year Winner will be announced on 26 June 2021.


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