Category winners: 2019/20 #CarsAwards – powered by WesBank
Adventure SUV: Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto
Budget Car: Suzuki Swift 1.2 GLX
Business Class: Volkswagen Arteon 2.0TSI 4Motion R-Line
Compact Family Car: Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI Highline R-Line
Compact Hatch: Volkswagen Polo 1.0TSI Comfortline Auto
Crossover: Audi Q3 35 TFSI S Line
Executive SUV: BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport
Family Car: Mazda CX-5 2.0 Dynamic Auto
Fun Hatch: Volkswagen Polo GTI
Leisure Double-Cab: Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI Highline 4Motion
Performance Car: Toyota GR Supra 3.0T
Premium Hatch: Volkswagen Golf GTI
Premium SUV: BMW X5 xDrive30d M-Sport
Volkswagen Amarok and Toyota Fortuner have now won the categories Leisure Double-Cab and Adventure SUV respectively – for three consecutive years. Suzuki won the Budget Car category with a Swift for four years in a row.
In no fewer than five of the 13 categories the judges’ favourites did not win, due to the impact of data from the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey. Fifty per cent of the final scores of the #CarsAwards category finalists was determined by the rankings the vehicles’ respective brands achieved in the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey
The Toyota Fortuner (Adventure SUV), Volkswagen Amarok, Arteon and T-Cross (Leisure Double-Cab, Business Class and Compact Family Car) and BMW X3 (Executive SUV) did not score the highest marks from the panel of judges following evaluation, yet emerged victorious because consumers rated their brands’ experiences higher than those of their competitors.
Volkswagen – the only brand to have won at least one #CarsAwards category every year since the programme began in 2015/16 – walked away with the most prestigious accolade. Having won six of the 13 #CarsAwards categories in 2019/20, Volkswagen is comfortably the most prolific category winner (with 16 trophies) in the history of the #CarsAwards programme.
#CarsAwards was conceived to be South Africa’s definitive automotive awards programme; the list of vehicles it recognises is meant to guide car buyers to make the best-informed purchasing decisions… Cars are judged directly against their peers in specific categories, each of which has distinct requirements. What’s more, 50% of the final scores is based on brand-specific after-sales data that incorporate customer feedback from thousands of South African vehicle owners.