The Gumtree Auto Pre-Owned Car Awards, now in their second year, are unique in South Africa in their recognition of vehicles which deliver resale value, quality, durability, overall performance and economy for pre-owned buyers. Only 2016 models with at least six months of depreciation data were considered and five finalists in each of the 11 categories were extensively judged by an expert panel. Winners were announced last night at an event in Rosebank and Jacob Moshokoa was there to tell us about it.
Volkswagen swept the hatchback and sedan categories up to R300 000, winning the ‘Budget City Car’ category with the Take Up!, the 'Light Hatchback’ category with the Polo Vivo, the ‘Medium Sedan’ category with the Jetta, and the ‘Medium Hatchback’ category with the Golf 1.4TSI.
The Volkswagen Take UP! - winner of the ‘Budget City Car’ category.
Volkswagen’s fifth winner was the Golf R, which shared top spot in ‘Performance Car under R615 000’ with the Audi S3-S-Tronic. This was the closest contested category with the third-placed BMW 240i a mere 10 points adrift of the joint winners.
Audi scored its second triumph in the ‘Medium-sized Luxury Sedan under R550 000’ category with the A4 2.0TDI S-Tronic which narrowly beat the BMW 330D.
As expected, Toyota dominated in the SUV categories – the Fortuner winning ‘SUVs under R505 000’ and the Hilux taking ‘4x2 Double Cabs under R460 000’.
Mazda’s CX3 won the ‘Cross-overs under R325 000’ in convincing fashion in the only category with a unanimous winner among all 11 judges. Mazda also took the ‘SUVs under R330 000’ with the CX5 2.0 Active model.
All 11 judges concurred that winner of the ‘Cross-overs under R325 000’ category should be the Mazda CX3
Jaguar won the ‘Luxury SUVs under R700 000’ category with the very attractively styled F-Pace.
Three of the 2018 winners were repeating their 2017 triumphs - Volkswagen Golf 1.4TSI Trendline, Volkswagen Golf R and the Mazda CX3 2.0 Individual. See the full list of 2018 finalists here.
These awards are going from strength to strength as an important guide for buyers in the marketplace. Twice as many pre-owned vehicles are bought every year in SA than new ones and this is a key way that Gumtree can help everyone navigate that process.— Jeff Osborne, Head of Automotive at Gumtree
The full lineup of winners from the night.
Members of the judging panel included Charl Wilken (Wilken Communication Management), Adam Ford (Ignition TV/Buyers’ Guide), Roger McCleery (Radio Today), Lerato Matebese (Business Day Motor News), Michele Lupini (Bakkie and Car), Liana Reiners (AutoLive), Zerildi Pieters (Daily Sun), Matthew Kanniah (Blogger), Alan Rosenmeyer (Motormatters), Sean Nurse (AutoDealer), and Mabuyane Kekana (Kaya FM and Metro FM). You can read more about each of the judges here.