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Volkswagen and Mercedes were the big winners in the first Gumtree Pre-Owned Car Awards announced on Thursday (9 November 2017).

The Awards seek to recognize and promote the best pre-owned vehicles on the market across ten categories, based on criteria a buyer might use when evaluating a pre-owned car, as well as sales figures provided by TransUnion.

With the pre-owned market being double that of new vehicles in South Africa, Gumtree’s Head of Automotive Jeff Osborne says these inaugural awards are “a long-overdue recognition of brands which best hold their value, deliver reliable performance and carry reasonable maintenance costs”.

The expert panel of judges assessed 2015 models in ten different categories and there was also a People’s Choice winner, voted by Gumtree users, in each.

Volkswagen won three judges’ awards and Mercedes-Benz took out two but there were also notable wins for Toyota Rav-4, Ford Ranger, Kia Picanto, Mazda CX3 and the BMW M4.

Osborne says the ten different categories were developed carefully to give pre-owned buyers some real guidance in the specific price and vehicle types that met their budgets. “The judges have done a fantastic and thorough job and we believe these awards can become an important annual landmark for the pre-owned market in South Africa.”

 

THE 2017 GUMTREE PRE-OWNED CAR AWARDS WINNERS

Budget Car under R110 000

2015 Kia Picanto 1.0LS

People’s Choice:

2015 Kia Picanto 1.0LS

 

Light Hatchback under R140 000

2015 VW Polo Vivo GP 1.4 Conceptline

People’s Choice:

2015 VW Polo Vivo GP 1.4 Conceptline

 

Medium Hatchback under R260 000

2015 VW Golf 7 1.4TSI Trendline

People’s Choice:

2015 VW Golf 7 1.4TSI Trendline

 

Performance Hatchbacks

VW Golf 7 2.0TSI R DSG

People’s Choice:

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG 4-Matic

 

Cross-over between R200 000 and R300 000

2015 Mazda CX3 2.0 Individual

People’s Choice:

2015 Mazda CX3 2.0 Individual

 

Luxury Sedan under R475 000

2015 Mercedes-Benz C220 Bluetec

People’s Choice:

2015 Audi A5 Sportback 2.0TFSI

 

Premium Performance Sports Cars

BMW M4 M-DCT

People’s Choice:

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S

 

SUV under R325 000

2015 Toyota RAV-4 2.0 GX

People’s Choice:

2015 Toyota Fortuner 2.5D-4D

 

Luxury SUV under R700 000

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250D

People’s Choice:

2015 Audi Q7 3.0TDI V6 Quattro

 

Double Cab Bakkies 4×2

2015 Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCI XLT P/U D/C 4×2

People’s Choice:

2015 Ford Ranger 3.2 TDCI XLT P/U D/C 4×2

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