Voting booth: Kia Rio in front

2012-11-13 09:25

The 2013 SA Car of Year finalists were chosen by a limited number of South African motoring writers who have narrowed the list down from hundreds to 12 models.

Vehicles will be judged in the metal in February 2013 for their aesthetics, build quality, ergonomics, fuel consumption, safety, handling, performance and - most important - value for money.

The winner will be announced in March 2013. We'll let you know...

Have your say on the next Car of the Year in our voting booth. We'll be running our home page voting booth until March 2013 when the official Coty will be named.

Currently our voting booth has attracted 3419 votes. Kia's Rio (820) has taken an early lead over Ford's Ranger (804) with BMW's 3 Series in third place with 454 votes.

Toyota's 86 (356 votes) lies fourth followed by the Range Rover Evoque (299) and Hyundai i130 (135).

In last place is Toyoya's new Yaris hybrid earning a meagre 33 votes.

Current Reader Car of the Year standings:
1    2012 Kia Rio 1.4 TEC Hatch MT 820 votes
2    2012 Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT 4X4 Double Cab Diesel AT 804 votes
3    2012 BMW 3 Series 320i Automatic 454 votes
4    2012 Toyota 86 High Spec 6MT 356 votes
5    2012 Range Rover Evoque Si4 Dynamic 5-door 299 votes
6    2012 Hyundai i30 1.8 Executive 135 votes
7    2012 Mercedes-Benz B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 128 votes
8    2012 Porsche Boxster 126 votes
9    2012 Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T Tekna (Leather) 118 votes
10  2012 Lexus GS 350 EX 82 votes
11  2012 Opel Meriva 1.4T Cosmo 64 votes
12   2012 Toyota Yaris 1.5 HSD Xs 33 votes

Finalists' image gallery

Tell your friends and local motoring clubs to back their brand by voting for their Coty favourite.

Share your thoughts in our Readers' Comments below. Which vehicle should be crowned the 2013 Car of the Year? Email us and we'll publish your feelings on Wheels24.

Check out our home page voting booth where you can vote for you favourite ride in our Readers' Car of the Year.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-11-13 10:21

    Goes to show how Kia has evolved.

  • raath - 2012-11-13 11:03

    I rented one of these at the beginning of the year when I was on holiday. I was really impressed. It is feature rich, and the build quality is good. A tad under-powered (even at sea level) and you really have to wind it up a bit to get it going uphill. Otherwise I could not fault it.

  • brak.jan - 2012-11-13 14:01

    Well done Kia, very good car. Sadly haven't driven one, yet. March 2013 is a long way to go for the announcement :(

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