The 2020 version of the Kinsey Report (branded as the AA-Kinsey Report for the second year running) has been released, and it reveals some of the vehicles that boast the cheapest “parts baskets” in South Africa.
As reminder, the report is compiled by journalist Malcolm Kinsey and compares popular vehicles across nine categories, in terms of the prices of their spare parts. This is further split according to the cost of parts needed for servicing, repairs and crashes.
In the 30th year of the Kinsey Report “a few changes” were made in terms of how the figures were collected. Data was collected in September 2020, with manufacturers supplying retail prices which were then “randomly checked at dealerships”. Take note a few brands with “very low sales figures” were excluded from the study.
Check out the top three vehicles in each of the nine categories below (and see the full parts pricing document on the AA’s website here):
City cars and entry-level vehicles
The Renault Kwid 1,0 Expression is the overall winner here, with a parts basket total of R62 990,01. The Ford Figo 1,5 Trend hatchback places second, ahead of the Hyundai Atos 1,1 Motion.
The Hyundai i20 1,2 Fluid heads this category, boasting the most affordable parts basket at R90 065,64. The Toyota Starlet 1,4 Xs is a close second at R90 826,71 and third is the Ford Fiesta 1,0 Trend hatchback at R91 275,46.
The overall winner in this segment is the Toyota Corolla Quest 1,8 Prestige, with a parts total of R85 031,16, edging out the Nissan Almera 1,5 Acenta (R86 488,88). Third place goes to the Toyota Corolla Hatch 1,2T Xs, which a basket total of R131 294,40).
The Toyota Fortuner 2,8 GD-6 AT again takes the crown in this category (although we’re still not sure we’d class it a “crossover”) with a parts basket of R100 429,31. The Nissan X-Trail 2,5 Tekna places second (R115 921,16) and the Volkswagen T-Cross 1,0 TSI Comfortline third (R118 852,51).
The Mahindra KUV100 Nxt is the clear winner here, with a full parts basket of R81 776,62. The Indian crossover places ahead of the Haval H2 1,5T Luxury (with a total of R93 860,33) and the Citroën C3 Aircross 1,2 Feel (R102 249,24).
The Volvo XC60 T5 Momentum wins this segment with a basket total of R242 070,75, with the Audi Q5 40 TDI in second on R251 288,73. The Mercedes-Benz GLE (Kinsey fails to mention which derivative but we suspect it’s the GLE300d 4Matic) places third with a basket of R328 211,01.
The Ford Ranger 2,0 SiT XLT takes the title here with a combined parts basket total of R79 796,12, ahead of GWM Steed 6 2,0 VGT Xscape (R86 105,32) and Toyota Hilux 2,8 GD-6 Legend AT (R90 189,90).
The Nissan NP200 (the only half-tonne bakkie offered in South Africa) bears a parts basket total of R42 529,48, which makes it the least expensive of all vehicles in this year’s survey. The one-tonne bakkies are led by the Nissan NP300 2,5 TDi, with a total parts basket price of R48 611,28. Next is the Toyota Hilux 2,4 GD S at R58 747,65 and the Mahindra Pik Up 2,2 S4 at R67 509,39.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia 2,0 Super takes the win in this segment, with its total basket cost being R86 570,17. The Audi A3 35 TFSI Sportback is second with a basket total of R178 710,60, ahead of an interesting inclusion in this segment, the Toyota GR Supra 3,0T Track (R217 634,78).