A weakening rand and rising fuel costs have contributed to a drop in car sales during 2019, but some cars still rise above the rest among consumers. Below are the vehicle makes that managed to remain favourites among South Africans. 

Polo Vivo – Still a Crowd Pleaser after a Decade

For almost ten consecutive years the Polo Vivo has been South Africa’s best-selling car. According to Business Insider, the car owes its popularity to competitive pricing, stable resale value and the availability of cheaper spare parts. It is a practical choice amongst students and families alike. Starting at R191 400, it beats Toyota and Ford rivals by offering more value for money. The modern design has become a classic, so you will have no hassle when you try to resell it after a good run. 

Toyota Corolla Sedan – World’s Best and Also a SA Favourite

With more than 40 million vehicles sold, Toyota Corolla is the world’s best-selling car. Designed with simplicity and dependability in mind, the Corolla offers quality at an affordable price, which has made it popular across most markets. It also offers easy on the wallet fuel economy, which explains why it can withstand South Africa fuel hikes. Starts at R283 100. 

Ford – Another Favourite

Still one of the most successful car companies in the world, Ford is known for its innovation and early mass production efforts. The Ranger, EcoSport and Figo are popular choices in SA. Rangers start from R359 800, while the EcoSport and Figo go for R289 800 and R177 600 respectively. 

Honourable Mentions: 

  • Volkswagen Polo – from R216 300
  • Renault Kwid –  from R 132 500
  • Hyundai Grand i10 – from R167 900
  • Toyota Fortuner – R477 600
  • Toyota RAV4 – from R416 400
  • Toyota Etios – from R179 500
  • Toyota Hilux – R428 000
  • Nissan NP200 – from R173 500

A good mix of sedans, hatchbacks, bakkies and SUVs are popular amongst South Africans. 

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