Now in its sixth iteration, #CarsAwards annually recognises the best purchasing propositions in 13 respective segments of the domestic new-vehicle market and is widely acknowledged as South Africa’s definitive automotive awards programme.
With the support of WesBank, #CarsAwards has grown in reach, influence and stature. The theme for this year’s programme is “Be Part of the Journey – My Car, My Freedom”.
Categories reflect a changing marketplace
The 13 category winners will be selected from the list of 39 vehicles, which includes model derivatives from no fewer than 19 brands represented in the South African market. All vehicles available on the South African market on October 1, 2020 were eligible, not only new products that were launched during the past 12 months.
The 39 finalists for the 2020/21 programme were selected by the extended Cars.co.za editorial team; each member scored the 65 pre-selected semi-finalists individually, based on the “Filters of Eligibility” and the “Pillars of Success” of the 13 respective categories. Once the scores were tallied, 3 finalists remained in each of the segments.
Compared with the preceding #CarsAwards, Performance Car and Fun Hatch have been replaced with new and more relevant categories: Entry-Level and Premium Crossover. Nonetheless, as many as 10 of the previous programme’s category winners have made the list of finalists again, although only four of them with exactly the same derivative as in 2019/20: Volkswagen Polo, Mazda CX-5, as well as BMW X3 and X5 respectively.
Suzuki, Toyota have the most finalists
Whereas the 2019/20 #CarsAwards Brand of the Year, Volkswagen, had the most semi- finalists (7), followed by Suzuki (6) and Toyota (5), the Japanese marques, both of which have won the Brand of the Year title on two previous occasions, lead the list of finalists with 5 contenders apiece – the Wolfsburg-based firm has 4, followed by BMW and Volvo (3 each). Citroën, Honda, Isuzu, Land Rover and Subaru, which weren’t represented in the decisive round of the programme last year, each have at least one finalist in 2020/21.
Full list of 2020/21 #CarsAwards finalists
- Hyundai Atos 1.1 Motion
- Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 S-Edition
- Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL
- Suzuki Baleno 1.4 GLX
- Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX
- Toyota Starlet 1.4 XR
- Ford Fiesta 1.0T Trend auto
- Suzuki Swift 1.4T Sport auto
- Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Comfortline auto
Compact Family Car
- Kia Seltos 1.5 CRDi EX+
- Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Prestige
- Volkswagen T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line
- Citroën C5 Aircross 1.6T Shine
- Mazda CX-5 2.0 Dynamic auto
- Toyota RAV4 2.0 AWD GX-R
- Ford Everest 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4WD XLT
- Isuzu M-UX 3.0 4WD
- Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 VX Auto
- BMW X3 xDrive20d M-Sport
- Range Rover Evoque P250 R-Dynamic SE
- Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design
- BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport
- Land Rover Defender D240 HSE
- Volvo XC90 T8 Twin-Engine R-Design
- Mazda CX-3 2.0 Individual Plus
- Subaru XV 2.0i-S ES
- Toyota C-HR 1.2T Luxury
- Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro S Line
- Mini Countryman Cooper S
- Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design
- Honda Civic Type R
- Hyundai i30 N
- Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
- Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4×4 Wildtrak
- Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Legend Auto
- Volkswagen Amarok 2.0BiTDI Highline Plus 4Motion
- Audi A4 40 TFSI Sport S Line
- BMW 330is Edition
- Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line
Each of the three finalists per category will now be subjected to back-to-back testing at the renowned Gerotek proving ground in Gauteng by the combined judging panel (the 6 Cars.co.za editorial team members and 14 respected guest judges from various backgrounds and fields of expertise) on 3 and 4 November 2020.
Combined judging panel for the 2020/21 #CarsAwards (in alphabetical order):
Khulekani Dumisa (Khulekani on Wheels), Aluta Maqoko (Entrepreneur), Juliet McGuire (Freelance), Brenwin Naidu (Sowetan & Sunday Times), Leanne Manas (Morning Live), Dasen Thathiah (eNCA), Ciro de Siena (Cars.co.za), Nafisa Akabor (Tech Journalist), David Taylor (Cars.co.za), Ernest Page (Performance with Page), Jacob Moshokoa (Eyewitness News), Phuti Mpyane (Business Day), Wendy Knowler (Consumer Specialist), Mpho Letsholonyane (SuperSport & Power 98.7), Wezile Bonani (Bay FM), Gero Lilleike (Cars.co.za), Kojo Baffoe (freelance), Thami Masemola (In4Ride), Ashley Oldfield (Cars.co.za) and Lerato Matebese (Top Gear).
The 20 judges’ scores for each of the 39 finalists will only count for 50% of the final standings, however. The other 50% will be based on rankings that the respective vehicle brands represented by the finalists achieved in the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey, conducted in partnership with data specialists Lightstone Consumer. The data incorporates feedback from thousands of vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles (less than five years old and serviced through
It goes without saying that ongoing public participation in the Ownership Satisfaction Survey enables Cars.co.za to deliver the most relevant and accurate data-driven insights to consumers. The survey also represents a golden opportunity for owners to have a say in the outcome of the 2020/21 #CarsAwards. Have your say at bit.ly/CarsSatisfSurvey
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