These are the 25 finalists for the 2022 South African car of the year

These are the 25 finalists for the 2022 South African car of the year

The 2022 South African Car of the Year competition is now in full swing following the announcement of the top 25 finalists that will compete for the ultimate title, as well as various category wins.

This year’s competition has eight categories, which are: Compact, Compact Family, Midsize, Luxury, Performance, New Energy, Adventure SUV and 4×4 Double Cab.

The most competitive categories this year are Midsize and Performance, which each boast five finalists. Below is the full list of finalists within their categories.

Kia Sonet Compact
Hyundai i20 Compact
Peugeot 208 Compact
Toyota Urban Cruiser Compact
Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Compact Family
Toyota Corolla Cross Compact Family
Hyundai Kona Compact Family
Hyundai Staria Midsize
Hyundai Santa Fe Midsize
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Midsize
Audi A3 Midsize
Hyundai Palisade Midsize
Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Luxury
Toyota GR Yaris Performance
BMW M3 Competition Performance
Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance
BMW 128ti Performance
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Performance
Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid New Energy
Lexus IS New Energy
Honda Fit Hybrid New Energy
Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Adventure SUV
Isuzu MU-X Adventure SUV
Peugeot Landtrek 4×4 Double Cab
Nissan Navara 4×4 Double Cab

Toyota has the most finalists in the 2022 contest, with six finalists in five different categories. Next up is Hyundai with five finalists in three categories. At the other end of the scale were vehicles that just missed the cut-off mark by one point, and these include the Haval Jolion, Land Rover Defender V8 and Honda Fit (non-hybrid).

“The Car of the Year committee is extremely pleased with the variety of vehicles that made the Finalist round of this year’s competition. Our jury panel of experts has a tough task ahead of them,” said Graham Eagle, Chairman of the 2022 COTY committee. “The 2022 COTY committee wishes all contenders good luck. The Category Winners and Overall SA Car of the Year Winner will be announced in May,” Eagle added.

And you can vote for your favourite car too as this year will again see a Motor Enthusiast’s Choice award. Posts of each Finalist will be regularly published on social media, and the Finalist with the most likes wins. The official hashtag for this year’s COTY is #2022sacoty. Click here to follow the SAGMJ on Facebook.

“This year’s COTY finalists show us the tremendous speed of research and development in the automotive industry. The finalists represent the best of the best in South Africa, and we are eager to see who the winners of this year’s competition will be,” said Carl Wepener, Chairman of the SAGMJ.

Source: Motoring Staff (IOL Motoring)

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