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Named at last: 2019 SA Car of the Year finalists

THE DARING DOZEN: All 12 finalists in the 2019 South African Car of the Year contest. Larger images below the text. All images: Lawrence Minnie / Auto Trader

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The 12 finalists going through into final testing to determine the 2019 South African Car of the Year have been named.

They are international – coming from Italy, Japan, Korea, Germany, France and Sweden – and include almost every motoring genre.

George Mienie, CEO of main competition sponsor AutoTrader, believes that is fitting: “South Africans have access to vehicles from all over the world and of every conceivable type.”


Among the finalists are three hatchbacks (Nissan Micra, Suzuki Swift, Mercedes-Benz A-class) and a ”hot” hatch (Honda Civic Type R).

The Lexus ES is the only sedan; also included are a small 4×4 (Suzuki Jimny) and one crossover (Renault Duster) and in keeping with the global popularity of sport utility vehicles, are the rest – Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Hyundai Kona, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Porsche Cayenne and Volvo XC40.


The next step in competition will be final testing: each will be scored against its direct class competitors on aspects such as exterior and interior design, engine and transmission performance, ride and handling, braking, crash avoidance/protection features overall excellence and affordability.

The results will be announced in early April 2019.

See also group image.


Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Honda Civic Type R

Hyundai Kona

Lexus ES

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Nissan Micra

Porsche Cayenne

Renault Duster

Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki Swift

Volvo XC40

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