CAR magazine’s distinguished annual Top 12 Best Buys were presented at a gala dinner in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening. Look out for our upcoming March 2018 issue for the full article and rationale behind each decision.
Top 12 Best Buys is our definitive guide to the very best cars in South Africa. As a reminder, here is our judging criteria:
Only vehicles that the majority of the nine-member CAR editorial team has driven: We factor in the findings of road tests and driving impressions we’ve published up until this March issue. Don’t see your favourite in the running? The CAR team might not have driven it yet.
Ranges, not individual models: Except in the Budget and Performance Car segments, we consider an entire range, not merely one outstanding example. While it may appear odd to have a Ford Everest and a Range Rover gunning for the same award, for example, remember that we measure cars against their direct rivals in their classes and then rule on their relative levels of excellence.
We consider all the facets: We look at package, personality, performance and, most importantly in the more value-led categories, price.
The bun fight … and then the vote: We set aside a day for the team to debate, argue and arm wrestle over the contestants. Then we draw up a list of six finalists per award and vote.
1. Budget car (under R160 000) Suzuki Celerio 1,0 GA Runners up
Kia Picanto 1,0 Street
Nissan Micra Active 1,2 Visia
2. Small hatchback Volkswagen Polo Runners up
Volkswagen Polo Vivo
3. Midsize hatchback Volkswagen Golf Runners up
4. Midsize sedan Toyota Corolla Quest Runners up
5. Premium midsize car BMW 3 Series
6. Luxury car Mercedes-Benz S-Class Runners up
BMW 5 Series
7. Performance car Porsche 911 GT3 PDK Runners up
Audi TT RS Coupé Quattro S tronic
Audi RS6 Avant Quattro S tronic
8. Small SUV/crossover Honda BR-V Runners up
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.