These are the 10 best-selling used hatchbacks in SA

13 July 2020 - 10:01
The VW Beetle kicks the list off in 10th position.
The VW Beetle kicks the list off in 10th position.
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André-Gustave Citroën was arguably the inventor of the hatchback. The 1938 11CV Commerciale of his namesake automotive brand is credited as the genesis of the genre.

We should define what constitutes the template before going further. A simple explanation, really: a tailgate hinged at the roof and a two-box design.

And even though the crossover and sport-utility vehicle categories are on the rise, few can disagree that the traditional hatchback still represents great sense, especially in five-door configuration. The list that follows looks at the best-selling, pre-owned hatchbacks from May to June 2020, younger than five years old, with less than 100,000km on the odometer and with a price cap of R300,000.

Online motoring classifieds portal AutoTrader supplied the data. You might be unsurprised that one brand crops up the most in this countdown.

10. Volkswagen Beetle

While the iconic German insect might have been put to pasture, love for the Bug lingers on. In 2012 the brand launched a new, new Beetle (above), that addressed certain shortcomings of its Millennium-birthed predecessor, including beefier styling and a better interior. It was underpinned by the foundation of the sixth-generation Golf.

AVERAGE PRICE: R204,940

AVERAGE YEAR: 2015

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 70,976km

The third-generation Audi A3 is almost identical to the seventh-generation VW Golf.
The third-generation Audi A3 is almost identical to the seventh-generation VW Golf.
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9. Audi A3

Technically another notch for Volkswagen on this list, since the third-generation Audi A3 is nigh-on identical to the seventh-generation Golf when you peel away the skin. It boasts a swankier interior, however, with outstanding quality typical of cabins from the Ingolstadt-based carmaker.

AVERAGE PRICE: R249,285

AVERAGE YEAR: 2016

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 63,209km

The Audi A1 shares its underpinnings with the VW Polo.
The Audi A1 shares its underpinnings with the VW Polo.
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8. Audi A1

What this listicle certainly does affirm is the extent to which the Volkswagen Group cross-pollinates. Not that anyone needed reminding, but the A1 is grafted on the chassis of the Polo. If you want an A1 in three-door layout, then this first-generation version is your only choice, as its successor, the current car, can only be had in more practical five-door guise.

AVERAGE PRICE: R227,870

AVERAGE YEAR: 2016

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 60,732km

The Volvo V40 offers a raft of safety equipment and cool Swedish design cues to boot.
The Volvo V40 offers a raft of safety equipment and cool Swedish design cues to boot.
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7. Volvo V40

The V40 nameplate used to be applied to the station wagon variant of the S40. In 2012 it was reincarnated as a premium hatchback – and what a game-changer it was. A truly plush interior, an attractive shape and impressive safety kit (like the option of a pedestrian airbag) had commentators eager to shower praise over the Swedish machine.

AVERAGE PRICE: R215,853

AVERAGE YEAR: 2016

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 72,184km

The third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class is let down by a harsh ride.
The third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class is let down by a harsh ride.
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6. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Launched locally in 2013, the third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class rewrote the script read by its frumpy-looking two predecessors. No doubt, the stylish and charismatic German looked the part, even if it was let down by an unforgivingly hard ride quality.

AVERAGE PRICE: R276,248

AVERAGE YEAR: 2016

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 65,578km

Rear-wheel drive is the main USP of the previous-generation BMW 1 Series.
Rear-wheel drive is the main USP of the previous-generation BMW 1 Series.
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5. BMW 1-Series

Though it was initially received with mixed sentiments, mostly for its appearance, the 1-Series quickly became a sales mainstay for BMW. In the 2011 follow-up, its aesthetic persona courted more controversy with a rather odd-looking frontal area and rear lights that appeared to have been copied from a more budget-conscious competitor. That was remedied by a refresh in 2015, thankfully. Rear-wheel drive was a unique-selling point too, no longer the case with the current 1-Series.

AVERAGE PRICE: R260,333

AVERAGE YEAR: 2016

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 73,652km

The seventh-generation VW Golf remains a safe and sensible choice.
The seventh-generation VW Golf remains a safe and sensible choice.
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4. Volkswagen Golf

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is a deserving recipient of superlatives. Even though the next instalment of the nameplate is imminent, the refinement, build quality and comfort of the current, outgoing car are aspects that remain impressive. It feels like the kind of vehicle that was designed to last well beyond the average repayment term.

AVERAGE PRICE: R253,948

AVERAGE YEAR: 2017

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 55,000km

The VW Up! offers a level or refinement previously unknown in the A-segment.
The VW Up! offers a level or refinement previously unknown in the A-segment.
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3. Volkswagen Up!

A truly endearing, pint-sized A-segment alternative imbued with the sense of solidity one expects from the Volkswagen brand. It costs a packet new, compared to certain rivals, so it would make sense to scout the second-hand market for an example.

AVERAGE PRICE: R151,795

AVERAGE YEAR: 2018

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 33,571km

The VW Polo offers all the benefits of a Golf but at a lower price.
The VW Polo offers all the benefits of a Golf but at a lower price.
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2. Volkswagen Polo

The B-segment Polo has become something of a household name – reasons which are evidenced by its performance on the monthly new car sales charts.

AVERAGE PRICE: R222,743

AVERAGE YEAR: 2018

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 36,821km

The Polo Vivo is the best-selling passenger car in SA.
The Polo Vivo is the best-selling passenger car in SA.
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1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo

No surprise perhaps that the best-selling used hatchback according to the data, also takes the honour of being the best-selling new passenger car in SA.

AVERAGE PRICE: R176,022

AVERAGE YEAR: 2019

AVERAGE MILEAGE: 28,734km


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