Hot race at entry level for SA’S best pre-owned car

Hot race at entry level for SA’S best pre-owned car

The winners of the 2018 Gumtree Auto Pre-Owned Awards will be announced on 8 October at a gala event in Johannesburg.

Gumtree head of automotive Jeff Osborne says the awards acknowledge car brands which best hold their value, deliver reliable performance and carry reasonable maintenance costs. The finalists in eleven categories are judged on 2016 models.

Osborne believes that every category is very competitive but “the race is probably hottest in the entry level categories like ‘Budget City Cars’ and ‘Hatchbacks Under R160k’ where the greatest number of pre-owned buyers are active”.

The ‘Budget City Car Under R130k’ was won last year by the Kia Picanto 1.0LS and that is one of the five finalists again in 2018. But it faces stiff competition from Renault Kwid, Datsun Go, VW Take Up! and Tata Bolt.

In the ‘Hatchbacks Under R160k’ category, the VW Polo Vivo GP 1.4 Conceptline is the defending champion and is up against Toyota Aygo, Toyota Etios, VW Move Up! and Renault Sandero.

“Every one of these vehicles does exceptionally well in terms of depreciation, so running costs, long-term reliability and extra features will be key elements in the choice of winners” says Osborne.

2018 Gumtree Auto Pre-Owned Awards - Finalists

Budget City Car under R130,000

Vehicle | Average depreciation % | Retail price
1. Renault Kwid 1.0 Dynamique five-door | 85.05 | R109,100
2. Kia Picanto 1.0 LS | 84.90 | R104,700
3. Datsun Go 1.2 Lux (AB) | 84.20 | R101,200
4. VW Take Up! 1.0 three-door | 84.16 | R129,400
5. Tata Bolt 1.2T XMS five-door | 83.63 | R128,200

Light Hatchback under R160,000

Vehicle | Average depreciation % | Retail price
1. Toyota Aygo 1.0 X-Play five-door | 88.63 | R137,300
2. Toyota Etios 1.5XS Sprint 5-door | 87.69 | R147,400
3. VW Move Up! 1.0 five-door | 86.96 | R151,600
4. VW Polo Vivo GP 1.4 Trendline five-door | 85.83 | R151,200
5. Renault Sandero 900T Dynamique | 85.39 | R145,000

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