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These are the best cars in South Africa – in the main categories

These are the best cars in South Africa - in the main categories

The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the winners of its Car of the Year (COTY) competition, which showcases the best vehicles across a range of vehicle categories.

The winners were chosen from 25 semifinalists and 49 entrants, with the judges taking daily test drives and evaluating the vehicles to select the ultimate winner of each subcategory.

After a four-week scoring process, the Toyota Corolla Cross was voted South African Car of the Year.

The Mercedes Benz C-Class won the prestigious Juror’s Excellence Award this year. Launched in 2021, the award only takes into account the raw score of the expert judges with no automated scoring factors. The overall winner includes additional scoring criteria such as sales, segment share, and spec-matched pricing.

The Peugeot 208 grabbed the Prize for Motorcycle Enthusiasts, while the Budget and Premium categories had no contenders in 2022.

Winners in the other categories included:


Compact Category Winner – Toyota Urban Cruiser

Compact Family Category Winner – Toyota Corolla Cross

Medium category winner – Mercedes Benz C-Class

Performance category winner – Volkswagen Golf GTI

New Energy Category Winner – Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

Adventure Sports-Utility Vehicle Category Winner – Toyota Landcruiser 300

Double Cab 4 X 4 category winner – Nissan Navara


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