What were you, the loyal CARmag.co.za readers, most interested in reading in 2016? Well, we delved through the figures to unearth the most-read road tests we published in 2016.

So, here are the five most popular pieces of the year…

1. Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Hilux

Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Hilux
These two bakkies have been battling it out at the top of the sales charts for some time now. But which double-cab took the win in our no-holds-barred comparative test? It sure was close… Read the road test

2. Audi A4 vs. BMW 320i vs. Mercedes-Benz C200

Audi A4 vs. BMW 3 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
We pit three German executive sedans against one another, with the test coming perilously close to having a "horses-for-courses" outcome. Thankfully, we managed to select a winner… Read the road test

3. Audi RS3 vs. Ford Focus RS vs. Mercedes-AMG A45

Audi RS3 vs. Ford Focus RS vs. Mercedes-AMG A45
The Focus RS is internationally lauded for being one of the performance bargains of the year, but does that hold sway in the SA market? We add two Germans to the mix to find out… Read the road test

4. Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Edition 40

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport
It may be one of the most powerful GTIs ever, but the Clubsport retains the rounded character that makes the hot Golf so great. Here's our full verdict… Read the road test

5. Toyota Fortuner 2,4 GD-6 4x2

Toyota Fortuner
Only slightly less powerful but more affordable than the 2,8-litre derivative, could the 2,4 be the sleeper model in the Fortuner range? Read our full verdict to find out… Read the road test