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Need a new ride? SA's Pre-owned Car Awards - best-value finalists revealed

2018-09-17 20:30

MOST VALUED CAR BRANDS: Toyota has been named 2016's most valuable car brand. Image: QuickPic

The search is on again for the South Africa's best value pre-owned vehicles.

The judges in the 2018 Gumtree auto pre-owned car awards have produced their finalists in ten different categories. Winners will be announced on October 8 at a gala event in Johannesburg.

German favourites

The awards were first held in 2017 when Volkswagen won three judges’ awards and Mercedes-Benz grabbed two.

READ: Best-second hand cars in SA: Volkswagen, Mazda tops in vehicle resale values

There are twice as many pre-owned vehicles sold each year in SA than new ones and Gumtree head of automotive Jeff Osborne believes these awards are much needed to give focus and guidance for consumers.

Osborne  said: "The expert judging panel evaluates two-year-old vehicles on the real world criteria a buyer might use, as well as on sales figures provided by TransUnion.

"We’re acknowledging the brands which best hold their value, deliver reliable performance and carry reasonable maintenance costs."

Osborne says that all ten categories have been adjusted for 2018 to new price bands and, in some cases, re-named to better align with the market.

He reckons all the categories are very competitive and "the race is probably hottest in the entry level categories like Budget City Cars and Hatchbacks Under R275 000 where the greatest number of pre-owned buyers are active".

Osborne emphasises that the pre-owned market is also vibrant at the higher price-end, and he, personally, is intrigued to see which of the BMW 240i, the VW Golf 7, the Audi S3, the Ford Mustang 2.3 and the Nissan 370Z offers the best value in the Performance Saloons/Hatchbacks Under R615 000 category. 

2018 Gumtree Autos Pre-Owned Car Awards Finalists: (all 2016 models)

Budget City Car (less than R130 000)

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1. Renault Kwid 1.0 Dynamique five-door
2. Kia Picanto 1.0 LS 
3. Datsun Go 1.2 Lux (AB) 
4. VW Take Up! 1.0 three-door 
5. Tata Bolt 1.2T XMS five-door

Light Hatchback (less than R160 000)

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1. Toyota Aygo 1.0 X-Play five-door 
2. Toyota Etios 1.5XS Sprint 5-door 
3. VW Move Up! 1.0 five-door 
4. VW Polo Vivo GP 1.4 Trendline five-door 
5. Renault Sandero 900T Dynamique

Medium-Sized Family sedan (less than R260 000)

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1. Toyota Corolla Sprinter 
2. Hyundai Accent 1.6GLS Fluid (A) 
3. Mazda 3 1.6 Dynamic 
4. VW Jetta 1.2TSI Trendline 
5. Honda Ballade 1.5 Elegance CVT 

Hatchback (less than R275 000)

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1. Opel Astra 1.0T Enjoy 
2. VW Polo GP 1.2 TSI Highline (81kW)  
3. Toyota Auris 1.6 XS 
4. Mazda 3 1.6 Dynamic five-door (A)  
5. VW Golf 7 1.4 TSI Trendline 

Cross-Over (less than R325 000)

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1. Mazda CX3 2.0 Individual (A)  
2. Honda HRV 1.5 Comfort CVT 
3. Ford Ecosport 1.5TDCi Titanium 
4. Renault Duster 1.5dCI | 86.60 
5. Nissan Juke 1.5dCi Acenta +

Entry-level SUV (less than R330 000)

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1. Toyota RAV4 2.0GX 
2. Kia Sportage 2.0 Ignite 
3. Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Premium 
4. Nissan X-Trail 1.6dCi XE (T32)  
5. Mazda CX5 2.0 Active (A)

SUVs (less than R505 000)

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1. Toyota Fortuner 2.8GD-6 R/B (A)  
2. Hyundai Tucson 1.6TGDi Elite DCT 
3. Toyota RAV4 2.2D VX (A) 
4. Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.2 TD4 S 
5. BMW X1 sDrive 2.0i (A) (F48)

Double-cab bakkies 4x2 (less than R460 000)

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1. Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 RB Raider (A)  
2. Ford Ranger 3.2TDCi Wildtrak (A)  
3. VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDi Highline 132kW 
4. Isuzu KB300 D-TEQ LX 
5. Nissan Navara 2.5dCi LE

Medium-sized luxury sedan (less than R550 000)

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1. Audi A4 2.0TDI S-Tronic (B9) 
2. Mercedes-Benz C220 Bluetec (A) 
3. BMW 330D (A) (F30) 
4. VW Passat 1.8TSI Highline (DSG) 
5. Mercedes-Benz E250 (A)

Performance sedans/hatchbacks (less than R615 000)

2018 BMW-M240i

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1. BMW 240i (A) (F22) 
2. VW Golf 7 R DSG 
3. Audi S3 S-Tronic 
4. Ford Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost (A) 
5. Nissan 370Z

Large Luxury SUVs (less than R700 000)

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1. Land Rover Evoque 2.0 TD4 SE 
2. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.6 V6 (A) 
3. Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.2 SD4 SE 
4. Jaguar F-Pace 2.0Di4 AWD Pure 
5. Mercedes-Benz ML250 Bluetec


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