The March issue of CAR mag once again contains our Top 12 awards. Eagerly anticipated by the public and hugely respected by the motoring industry, the CAR editorial team lists its top cars (and runners up) in what we see as the key 12 motoring segments in the new vehicle market.

As always, the CAR team spent many hours discussing and debating what the winners should be and the result is a 16-page feature that you simply have to read if you’re thinking of buying a car.

Or even if you’re not… it’s still worth finding out what SA’s most respected magazine thinks are the best cars in the country.

Here are the winners…

Budget Car: Chevrolet Spark Campus

Light Hatchback: Peugeot 208

Light Sedan: Kia Rio

Compact Hatchback: Audi A3/A3 Sportback

Compact Sedan: Toyota Corolla

Compact Executive Sedan: BMW 3 Series

Luxury Sedan: Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Performance Car: Ferrari 458 Spider

Light SUV/Crossover: Nissan Juke

Compact SUV/Crossover: Ford Kuga

Large SUV/Crossover: Range Rover Sport

Double Cab: Ford Ranger


Additional categories:

Company of the Year: Ford

Design of the Year (Production Car): Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Design of the Year (Concept Car): Volvo Coupe Concept

Redesign of the Year: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Green Award: BMW i-range

Engine of the Year: Ford 1.0 Ecoboost

Safety Award: Volvo’s Cyclist Detection

Most underrated product: Opel Astra

Motorsport Award: Kelvin van der Linde

Car Challenge Award: Graeme Nathan