SA’s best car is . . .

By admin
25 November 2013

South Africa’s best cars have been named. Read on to find out what they are.

South Africa’s best cars have been named.

This follows the announcement by research company Ipsos of its “best of vehicle quality” results. The Ipsos study is the biggest of its kind in SA and its research involves talking to more than 10 000 South Africans every year.

Respondents are interviewed three months after buying their new vehicle and are asked to list any problems they’ve experienced with the vehicle in this time. Ipsos then calculates a PP100 (problems per 100 vehicles) score, which it uses to rank vehicles within their segment.

The lower the score, the better the quality.

The car with the least problems overall was the Lexus IS with just 11 PP100. It was closely followed by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class petrol (12) and Audi A3 (13).

Here's how they ranked by category:

ENTRY SEGMENT

Gold: VW Polo Vivo sedan (18 PP100), VW Polo Vivo hatch (25)

Silver: Chevrolet Spark (27), Chevrolet Spark Lite (27)

Bronze: Toyota Yaris 1.0 (23)

SMALL HATCH

Gold: Mazda2 (13 PP100)

Silver: Toyota Yaris 1.3 (23)

Bronze: Ford Fiesta (27), VW Polo (27), Peugeot 207 (28)

HATCH

Gold: Audi A3 (13 PP100)

Silver: Merc A-Class (17), Audi A3 Sportback (17), Toyota Auris (18)

Bronze: Audi A1 Sportback, Ford Focus (24 - 25)

SMALL SEDAN

Gold: Chevrolet Sonic, Toyota Corolla 1.3 (24 - 25)

Silver: Chevrolet Aveo (41)

Bronze: VW Polo (47)

TOP SEDAN

Gold: Mazda3 (16 PP100)

Silver: Toyota Corolla (21)

Bronze: Renault Fluence (30)

COMPACT EXECUTIVE

Lexus IS (11 PP100)

Merc C-Class (petrol 12, diesel 14)

Volvo S60 (27)

TOP EXECUTIVE

Gold: Merc E-Class, Audi A6, BMW 5-Series (16 - 19 PP100)

SPORTS COUPÉ

Gold: Audi A5, BMW 1 Series (14 - 15 PP100)

Silver: Merc C-Class, Merc SLK (20 - 21)

Bronze: VW Scirocco (24)

SMALL RECREATIONAL

Gold: BMW X1 (15 PP100), Kia Sportage (15)

Silver: Toyota RAV4, VW Tiguan, Audi Q5 (23 - 25)

Bronze: Nissan Qashqai (28)

LARGE RECREATIONAL

Gold: Audi Q7 (12 PP100)

MULTIPURPOSE

Gold: Chevrolet Orlando (28 PP100), Merc B-Class (28)

Silver: Toyota Avanza, VW Touran (42 - 44)

Bronze: Toyota Verso (54)

LIGHT COMMERCIAL:

THREE-QUARTER TON

Gold: Nissan NP200 (56)

Silver: Chevrolet Utility (85)

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