The editorial team chose the finalists‚ which were then test driven by 18 judges over two days at the Gerotek facility. Their scores were added to each brand’s performance in a Consumer Satisfaction Survey - with equal weighting - to determine the winners.
This year the consumer survey results impacted five categories in particular. The Toyota Fortuner (Adventure SUV)‚ Suzuki Ignis (Budget Car)‚ Mini JCW (Fun Car)‚ Volkswagen Amarok (Leisure Double Cab) and BMW M2 (Performance Car) all emerged victorious because their customers rated their brands higher than the competition.
The highest overall score of the 39 finalists in this year’s competition went to the VW Golf 1.4 TSI‚ which won the Premium Hatch category with a score of 81.6%.
Here is the full list of winners:
Budget Car: Suzuki Ignis
Compact hatchback: Mazda2
Premium hatch: VW Golf
Executive SUV: Mercedes GLC 250d
Business class: BMW 420d Gran Coupe
Executive sedan: Mercedes-Benz E350d
Compact Family Car: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GLX Auto
Family car: Mazda CX5 2.5 Individual
Leisure double-cab bakkie: Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI
Adventure SUV: Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Auto Everest 3.2 4WD
Premium SUV: Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine R-Design
Fun car: Mini John Cooper Works
Performance car: BMW M2 M-DCT