2020 AA-Kinsey Report

This is the 30th year of the Kinsey Report and it’s second as the AA-Kinsey Report and inevitably a few changes were forced to be made including how the figures were collected.
“Motoring has become more expensive, certainly from a parts perspective, and the results for 2020 show that. Although there may be similar alternative parts from non-franchise outlets – the durability of which cannot be vouched for – prices for original equipment are rising,” notes Malcolm Kinsey, author of the AA-Kinsey Report. All the figures in the AA-Kinsey Report were collected in September. Vehicle sales for August and September show large declines of approximately 30% over the corresponding months in 2019.

The 2020 AA-Kinsey Report again includes the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists “Car of the Year” entries. These represent the latest vehicles on the market, launched during the last 12 months, and hopefully introducing new cutting-edge features. There are 14 in this survey.

City Cars and Entry-level Vehicles Category

The first three places in this category are:

The Renault Kwid with a total basket price of R62,990, followed by the Ford Figo at R63,866, and the Hyundai Atoz at R66,189 in third place.

Service parts:

  1. Kwid R3,048
  2. Figo R3,168
  3. Honda Amaze at R3,455

Repair parts:

  1. Figo at R6,187
  2. Honda Amaze at R7,033
  3. Atoz at R7,560

Crash parts prices:

  1. Kwid at R50,490
  2. Figo at R54,510
  3. Atoz at R54,572

Super Mini Category

The winner here is the Hyundai i20, with a parts basket price of R90,065, about R2,500 less expensive than the 2019 class winner, the Renault Sandero. Second place goes to Toyota’s newly launched Starlet at R90,826 and the Ford Fiesta at R 91,275 in third.

Service parts:

  1. Toyota Starlet at R3,150
  2. Toyota Yaris at R3,543
  3. Renault Sandero at R3,968 (last year’s winner)

Repair parts:

  1. Suzuki Swift at R7,285
  2. VW Polo at R7,348
  3. Toyota Starlet at R8,256

Crash parts prices:

  1. Hyundai i20 at R72,590
  2. Ford Fiesta at R74,699
  3. Toyota Starlet at R79,419

Family Favourites Category

The Toyota Quest follows up last year’s success with another overall victory with a total parts basket cost of R85,031 – though quite a substantial increase over the 2019 figure; second is the Nissan Almera (R86,488 – just about R1,000 more than its 2019 total). Third is another Toyota, the Corolla Hatch with a total of R131, 294 – quite a leap from the first two. The Hatch was a finalist in the COTY competition which is quite a departure from the traditional 4-door Toyotas.

Service Parts:

  1. Nissan Almera at R2,827
  2. Toyota Corolla Hatch at R4,934
  3. Toyota Quest at R5,344

Repair Parts:

  1. Toyota Quest at R9,088
  2. Nissan Almera at R9,920
  3. Toyota Corolla Hatch at R10,504

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Toyota Quest at R70,598
  2. Nissan Almera at R73,741
  3. Toyota Corolla Hatch R115,855

Crossovers Categories

Crossovers are without doubt the most popular family vehicles, and their size and versatility make them ideal for a multitude of purposes. They range from small SUVs to large, sophisticated and extremely expensive models. We have three categories based on size and to a degree price. They are Compact Crossover, Crossover, and Executive Crossover.

Compact Cross Category

The Mahindra KUV 100 wins this class with a parts basket price of R81,776. Second is the Haval H2 with its parts amounting to R93,860 – some R2,800 increase over last year. COTY nominee the Citroen C3 Aircross comes in third with a parts basket total of R102,249.

Service Parts:

  1. Haval H2 at R3,741
  2. Mahindra KUV 100 at R3,781
  3. Renault Duster at R3,873

Repair Costs:

  1. Honda HR-V at R8,814
  2. Citroen C3 at R9,392
  3. Mahindra KUV 100 at R10,012

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Mahindra KUV 100 at R67,982
  2. Haval at R79,797
  3. Ford Eco Sport at R88,016

Crossover Category

The most fiercely contested category with 12 contestants and three COTY nominated vehicles. The Toyota Fortuner again wins the class with its total parts basket amounting to R100,429, with the Nissan X-Trail in second place at R115,921 and COTY nominee, the VW T Cross, third at R119,852.

Service Parts:

  1. Nissan X Trail at R3,556
  2. Hyundai Tucson at R4,283
  3. Nissan Qashqai at R4,629

Repair Parts:

  1. Peugeot 5008 at R8,961
  2. Toyota Rav 4 at R9,066
  3. Nissan X-Trail at R9,367

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Toyota Fortuna at R83,049
  2. VW T-Cross at R102,141
  3. Nissan X Trail – R102,997

Executive Crossover Category

There are another three COTY nominees in this category with the best parts basket being scored by the Volvo XC 60 at R242,070. The second, two places higher than in 2019, is the Audi Q5 with an overall parts basket cost of R251,288 and in third, a COTY entrant, the Mercedes GLE at R328,211.

Service Parts:

  1. Volvo XC 60 at R8,964
  2. Audi Q5 at R9,907
  3. Range Rover Sport at R10,822

Repairs Parts:

  1. Jaguar I Pace at R16,336*
  2. Audi Q5 at R17,486
  3. Volvo XC 60 at R17,964

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Volvo XC 60 at R215,142
  2. Audi Q5 at R223,894
  3. Mercedes GLE at R243,383

This is a fully electric MPV with a range of some 400kms. It does not really fit into any current classification, but for its luxury features and sophistication, it does need a mention. We have shown the cost of the home charger and replacement battery. The battery has a warranty of eight years, so is not a part that requires short term replacement. An 80% charge can be achieved in about one hour at a quick charge station or about ten hours from the home charger.

Double Cabs Category

The Ford Ranger 2.0 D XLT is included in the double cab section because the COTY competitor, the Ford Ranger Raptor – which is included here as it’s a COTY finalist – is another vehicle which should really be in a performance class of its own, and is not really comparable to the other four double cabs. The Ford Ranger XLT wins the category with a total parts basket price of R79,796. Second place is the GWM Steed 6, one place up from last year and boasting a lower price parts basket of R86,105. Third is the Toyota Hilux at R90,189.

Service Parts:

  1. GWM Steed 6 at R3,443
  2. Nissan Navarra at R3,669
  3. Toyota Hilux at R5,059

Repair Parts:

  1. Isuzu at R5,837
  2. Ranger XLT at R7274
  3. GWM Steed 6 at R7,645

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Ranger XLT R67,456
  2. GWM Steed 6 at R75,016
  3. Toyota Hilux at R76,573

Single Cabs Category

There are no COTY contestants in this category. The Nissan NP200 and the Nissan NP300 fill the top two placings; the NP 200 the least expensive, at R42,529 with the Nissan NP300 in second, at R48,611, and the Toyota Hilux is third at R58,747.

Service Parts:

  1. Nissan NP 200 at R2,404
  2. Isuzu at R3,904
  3. Nissan NP 300 at R4,326

Repair Parts:

  1. Isuzu at R5,427
  2. Nissan NP300 R6,204
  3. Mahindra Scorpio at R6,389

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Nissan NP200 at R29,685
  2. Nissan NP300 at R38,080
  3. Toyota Hilux at R46,486

Executive Saloons Category

The Alfa Giulia takes a resounding win in all three categories. The overall parts basket cost is R86,570 and there’s a big jump to the second car, the Audi A3 at R178,710, and the Toyota Supra (another COTY contestant) at R217,634.

Service Parts:

  1. Alfa Giulia least at R5,961
  2. Audi A3 at R6,406
  3. Mercedes A200 at R6,520

Repair Parts:

  1. Alfa Giulia at R6,361
  2. Audi A3 at R9,964
  3. BMW 330i at R18,073

Crash Parts Prices:

  1. Alfa Giulia at R74,246
  2. Audi A3 at R162,339
  3. Toyota Supra at R177,963

The AA-Kinsey Parts Breakdown Report is available online at https://www.aa.co.za/sites/default/files/aa-kinsey_report_2020_parts_list.pdf and may be printed for free in its entirety or in sections.

Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label 2.0 BiTDI 132 kW

Its been ten years since Volkswagen launched the Amarok. I took that bakkie on a trip to the Cederberg. Loved it n the road, not so much offroad. The problem was the typical VW manual gearbox, with the sticky second gear, and the very narrow torque band. Then they gave us the brilliant auto box and it was like chalk and cheese.

Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label 2.0 BiTDI 132 kW

The Amarok we drove here is the final iteration of the 2.0 L bi-turbo auto before the new Amarok arrives late next year or in 2022. I must say they have ironed out any issues. Its about as foolproof as a large multi-use vehicle can be.

The cabin of the Amarok has been in a class of its own since launch, although the competition has caught up and arguably the Mercedes is more luxurious and the Ford more funky The cabin of the Amarok is seriously good – spacious, comfortable, ergonomic and apparently well put together using durable materials. I liked it originally and I still like it. There are a few odd or quirky elements, but nothing to complain about.

The seats are very comfortable, even at the back. You can go for an all day game drive and not be tired or stiff at the end of it.

This bakkie really offers SUV-like styling, equipment and finishes. Inside is more car than truck. Outside is satisfyingly more truck than car. The Amarok still looks good and up to date. The shape has not aged at all. And its still very wide. So, before you buy one, check if it will fit in your garage or parking space.

We went up to Velddrif and Aurora on a mixture of highway, regional roads, smooth gravel roads and minor (less maintained) roads  and the Amarok once again confirms it is the King of Cruising. This is a really good cruising or touring vehicle.

We drove in a sandy track and on a muddy road. The Amarok never skipped a beat.

Fuel consumption was around 9L/100km. It is possible to bring this down when cruising but you will have to be very gentle with that right foot. Handling is excellent for such a large vehicle and the behaviour of the vehicle is as good as the best in class.

The bigger sister V6 Extreem 3.0 TDI 190 kW is sublime but quite a bit more expensive.


Warranty is three years and the service plan is five years or 90 000 km.

The range starts at R643 600, but the Dark Label starts at R742 600 although the bakkie we tested is R765 000 with all the extras. The fancy  Extreem 3.0 TDI 190 kW has a suggested retail price of R907 200.

At around three quarters of a million rand you can also get the  Mercedes Benz x250d at R790 281, Ford Wildtrak at R717 400, Toyota HiLux GR Sport at R728 800, Nisan Navarra Stealth at R683 200 and Isuzu D-max at R653 400.