Budget City Car under R130k
Despite being the smallest VW on our market, the up! is more sophisticated than it looks. With its modern and fresh design, it would most definitely appeal to the younger generation looking for a quality small city run about. It’s a fashionable little 3 door with quality modern interior finishes typical of Volkswagen. A big plus is that the cabin feels quite spacious for such a small car and the boot space features clever double down storage design. The 1 litre 3 cylinder performs well around town and is an easy, fun drive. Its super economical and with careful driving you could see figures as low as 4.6 litres/100km. It has ABS braking with EBD, traction control as well as front and side airbags. This is an exceptional car that ticks all the right boxes. *The vehicle was supplied to us by Hyundai Kempton Park.
Light Hatchback under R160k
This car is all about value for money, reliability and durability. That is what has made it a best seller over the last few years. And yes, due to its high residual values, it’s once again a finalist in our Hatchback category under R 160 000. Although the styling and technology on the Polo Vivo is slightly dated, it still offers a remarkably good all-round driving experience. The trusted 1.4 litre 8 valve engine delivers good low-down torque which makes for effortless city driving. It has light gear action and a suspension setup that is very comfortable and compliant, the Polo Vivo remains one of the best all-rounders. The fabrics and trim in this VW Polo Vivo is good quality and proves to be very durable. Essential creature comforts are included, like ABS braking, as well as duel-airbags. The Polo Vivo is such a good all-rounder I would not be surprised if it walks away with the title in this category yet again. *The vehicle was supplied to us by McCarthy VW Wonderboom.
Medium-Sized Family Saloon under R260k
The Jetta has its own distinctive looks and character, as well as a longer wheelbase that therefore offers more room inside. Although the design isn’t terribly exciting to look at, it’s a design which is likely to age well. We found the Jetta not only spacious inside, but it also offered loads of boot space at 510 litres. Complementing the comfortable interior is a comprehensive list of standard features that includes most of the bells and whistles you would expect at this price. With no less than 6 airbags, stability control and ABS braking with EBD the Trendline is the full package. Its 1.2 litre turbo engine is fantastic that offers great all-round performance coupled to class leading fuel economy and a combined figure of just 5.1 litres per 100km is outstanding in this category. This 1.2 TSI Trendline is without a doubt a fantastic family saloon built to be extremely capable, therefore offering fantastic value for money at the price. *The vehicle was supplied to us by Lindsay Saker VW East Rand Mall.
Double Cab Bakkies 4x2 under R460k
In a highly competitive category, the Hilux remains the king of the SA hill. With vastly improved levels of refinement and on-road comfort as well as a far more comfortable cabin, the GD-6 has stepped up to claim the top-spot. This Hilux is powerful and the auto box in the Hilux is superb too. This particular car has been exceptionally well maintained. I would use the word faultless with confidence. Looks have always been the Hilux’s Achilles heal but it’s not without its own charm. As an all-rounder the Hilux just can’t be faulted. It performs well on or off the road, has a well equipped cabin that is comfortable enough and retains its market value well. *This vehicle was supplied to us by Barloworld Toyota Menlyn
Large Luxury SUVs under R700k
At first sight the F-Pace interior is one of high quality and with lots of leather trim used throughout the cabin, it most certainly feels premium, as it should at the price. Furthermore, the list of standard features is truly comprehensive. The ride quality is slightly firmer than expected, but that is to ensure that the F-Pace is sure footed around the bends, with exceptional handling for an SUV type of vehicle. The F-Pace sprints from 0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds and has a 2 litre Turbo Diesel engine that performs well. It has 132kW and 430Nm of torque that is fed through an 8 speed automatic box. Good low down torque from the 2 litre mill ensures an effortless drive around town and especially on the open road. In terms of economy figures, the F-Pace performs well and was placed second out of our finalist with an impressive combined fuel index of just 5.3 litres per 100km. Safety features also left nothing wanting and thus the F-Pace comes with a 5 star N-CAP safety rating. With its overall competence and high levels of quality, the F-Pace most certainly offers good value for money at this price point. *The vehicle was supplied to us by Jaguar Menlyn.
Medium-Sized Luxury Saloons under R550k
The latest Audi A4 boasts a 2 litre Turbo Diesel engine and offers improved performance. It’s much quieter and more refined than ever. This A4 is possibly one of the quietest and most refined sedans we’ve ever driven. Power delivery from the 2 litre mill now stands at a 140kW and 400Nm. Combined with the dual clutch 7 speed automated gearbox its power delivery is smooth, with good pulling power even from idling speeds and therefore the 0-100 km/h sprint now takes just 7.7 seconds. Audi has also gone to great lengths to improve the Audi A4’s fuel efficiency and with a combined fuel economy index of only 4.1 litres per 100km the TDI version of the A4 is now one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class. The A4 oozes class and sophistication, but still feels quite sporty at the same time. Furthermore, the interior is well built and there is loads of luxury features and technology on board as well. This Audi A4 TDI provides exceptional value for money in this sector of the market, especially as a pre-owned vehicle buy. *The vehicle was supplied to us by Lindsay Saker Audi Sandton.
Performance Saloons/Hatchbacks under R615k
Fitted with Audi’s renowned Quattro four-wheel drive system, stability and all-round grip is where the S3 excels. This Audi blasts past the 100km/h mark in just 5.0 seconds, thanks to its turbocharged engine. Overall the engine and gearbox combination prove to be brilliant and offer an effortless driving experience. Driven sensibly, the S3 can achieve a combined fuel economy index figure of just 6.4 litres per 100km. As expected the cabin boasts high levels of quality throughout, while Audi’s trademark minimalistic design looks good. Safety features are comprehensive as well, with 7 airbags included in the standard package. Great performance and easy to drive, the Audi S3 with its premium feel certainly delivers great value for money. *The vehicle was supplied to us by Lindsay Saker Audi Sandton.
Luxury SUVs under R505k
The latest Fortuner is a big step up in both quality and ride refinement. Its 2.8 litre Turbo Diesel engine develops more power and comes with improved NVH levels, but comes up short in terms of performance, economy and overall refinement in this price category. Besides being slightly average in terms of performance and ride quality, it absolutely thrashes its competition when it comes to space and versatility. The Fortuner is a big vehicle and offers acres of interior space, as well as seating for 7 people. The cabin is well designed with quality materials used throughout, while luxury features are quite comprehensive as well. The fabrics seem exceptionally durable and the immaculate condition after more than 50 000km on the clock. Safety features include ABS braking with EBD, Brake Assist, Stability Control and an array of 7 Airbags. This Fortuner is an SUV that has aged exceptionally well, offers high residual values and proved hard to beat when it comes to space and versatility. For those reasons the Fortuner offers great value for money and is therefore an educated and very safe buy on the pre-owned market. *The vehicle was supplied to us by McCarthy Nissan Menlyn.
Hatchback under R275k
This 2015 model is the seventh generation of Golf and VW has managed to come up with a car that’s not only as multi-talented as its predecessors, but which improves on them significantly. The low-capacity 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine punches far above its weight in terms of performance, as well as returning impressive fuel efficiency. 92 Kilowatts of power might not sound much, but coupled to an impressive 200Nm of maximum torque, this Golf TSI delivers an effortless driving experience. Maximum torque is already available from 1 500r/min, which means driving in and around the city is pure joy and requires virtually no effort from the driver at all. Moving to the interior of the Golf you immediately notice that the lay-out is rather plain and simple, but with an upmarket quality feel. In “Trendline” guise you will notice that some comfort features are absent, like leather upholstery and climate control for instance. Overall the interior is ageing exceptionally well. Safety features include stability control, ABS braking with EBD and front, side and curtain airbags. The brakes on our 2015 model seemed perfect, with a nice progressive feeling on the pedal. It’s an exceptionally well-rounded vehicle that not ages well, but will also retain its value well in the long run. *The vehicle was supplied to us by VW Hatfield Braamfontein.
Cross-Over under R325k
The Mazda CX3 is slightly larger than cars like the Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport and similar in size to rivals like the Audi Q2 and Honda HRV. The neat exterior styling is matched by a straight forward, yet smart and modern interior, which is solid and well built. Features like: heads up display, a multi-media infotainment system with blue tooth phone connectivity, satellite navigation, a Bose sound system, keyless entry and go and even a sunroof all comes as standard on the CX3 Individual. The CX3 is powered by Mazda’s 2.0-litre 16-valve Skyactive petrol engine that is also found in the bigger CX5 model. The CX3 is the most powerful of our finalists with peak power quoted at a 115Kw and 204Nm of torque. This translates into good all-round performance, with the Mazda CX3 outperforming its rivals by some margin. The ride is particularly comfortable and offers good compliance over rougher roads for a vehicle in this category. With its close to car like handling characteristics the CX3 is probably one of the best handling crossovers on the market today. The Mazda CX3 2.0 Individual had the best residual values out of all 55 vehicles featured in our pre-owned awards. The vehicle was supplied to us by Mazda Randburg.
Entry Level SUV under R330k
Mazda’s so-called KODO design language, the Mazda CX-5 2.0 Active, even in its pre-face lift guise is still a looker, offering dynamic styling and a sporty on-road presence. Once inside the cabin you would notice that it’s modern in design. While, it looks and feels quite premium with good quality materials used throughout the cabin. This CX-5 Active model boasts a 2-litre petrol engine with 121kW of peak power and 210Nm of optimal torque on tap. Compared to our other 2-litre petrol-engined finalists, the CX5 not only delivered more power and torque, but it’s all round performance proved substantially better as well. At the same time the CX5 also proved to be by far the most fuel efficient of our petrol driven finalists with a combined fuel efficiency figure of 6.4-litres per 100km. Interior space proved on par with most of the finalists, although with the seats folded down the CX5’s cabin could swallow the most cargo with a rated 1 914Kg of load space. Safety features included ABS brakes with EBD, Brake Assist, Stability Control, as well as 6-airbags. The vehicle was supplied to us by We buy Cars.