Each year, the CAR editorial team – boasting nearly a century’s worth of collective experience – drive about 100 new vehicles. This in-depth knowledge allows us to make a call on what we believe are the best cars in South Africa. However, your opinion is equally important, and that’s why we’d like you to vote for your favourite vehicles in the industry’s 12 biggest categories.

Some segments have more contenders than others – an interesting trend to note is how many excellent vehicles compete in the SUV/crossover classes – but in all except two you’ll see complete ranges of vehicles, not just single standout models. We flip that approach on its head for the budget car category (where pricing is a particularly crucial element) and the performance car class.

If you were wondering where some of your favourites are, our rules for eligibility are simple: at least six of the eight CAR members (therefore 75%) would have had to experience a vehicle for it to be included in this shortlist (as you can see below, we've trimmed each category to a list of six contenders) before we vote in February. Vehicles launching locally in March, for example, would be too late to meet the deadline for the Top 12 Best Buys awards feature in the April 2020 issue of CAR, on sale 16 March. Don’t miss it to see which cars win trophies, and how you – the CAR fans – voted!

This year, 10 lucky readers will each receive a 12-month print subscription (worth R538 and including a digital subscription). All you have to do to enter is cast your votes below…

Competition rules: 1. Entry is open to anyone except employees (and their immediate families) of RamsayMedia and associated agencies. 2. Only one online entry per person. 3. Competition runs until 25 February 2020. 4. We will draw the winner(s) by 2 March 2020. 5. The prize is not redeemable for cash. 6. Prizes not claimed within 3 months will be forfeited. 7. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 8. Regrettably, only South African residents are eligible for prizes. 9. By entering this competition, you agree to receive future correspondence from CAR. You can opt out at any stage by: (a) Sending an email containing the relevant details with the subject line “opt out” to [email protected]; or (b) Sending an SMS including the word “STOP” to 31699. Standard SMS rates apply.