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Our top 10 cars for 2005

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There are a host of impressive new cars on our roads but we feel that the cars in our top 10 ad true value to the segments they compete in.

  • Audi A3 Sportback
    "How do you make a BMW 1 Series driver jealous? Easy... go buy an Audi A3 Sportback."

  • BMW 3 Series
    "Forget Christopher Bangle and all the negative connotations that name might arouse. BMW's new 3 Series is bigger and better in every way, with great styling coupled with superb dynamics in a quantum leap back to the top of the class."

  • Ford Focus
    "Ford moves into a whole new world with this latest Focus, and it's obvious the company is making a big push to re-establish itself after the disaster years of the past."

  • Daihatsu Sirion
    "The best-kept value-for-money secret on the SA market just got better - the Daihatsu Sirion has thrown off its quirky looks and come bouncing back in an ultra-modern package that still accents on best value in its price range."

  • Kia Rio
    "If ever proof was needed that Kia has upped the ante in terms of quality and technology, the new Kia Rio, just launched, provides it."

  • Mazda MX-5
    "This is a car you'll want to use all the time. It goes quickly, but it can also go slowly, and cruising slowly through the Strand with the top down was nearly as good an experience as whipping it through fast corners."

  • Nissan Navara
    "The Navara is to "shift expectations" in the double cab market. It is a vehicle with attitude thanks to its striking design, versatility and great driving capabilities."

  • Renault Modus
    "It's cute, it's well priced - and it takes space utilisation to a new level. It's the Renault Modus, introducing a whole new element of French flair to the SA market."

  • Toyota Yaris
    "Toyota has a lot riding on the Yaris. It's a brand-new and additional model in the lineup, and it's set to turn the market segment upside down.

  • VW Golf GTI
    "The GTI was a bit flat with Golf 3, and a bit fat with Golf 4. However, Golf 5 shows it as a leaner and meaner machine, with superb performance and handling coupled with an element of finesse that will take it into a new market segment."


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