Best Fun Cars Under R600 000


Take a look at the semi-finalists in the Fun Car category of the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank!

The second annual Consumer Awards – now powered by WesBank, is underway and the semi-finalists across 13 categories have been chosen. Make sure you visit the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank website for all the vehicle and category information and also be sure to follow us on Twitter (@CarsSouthAfrica), Facebook (CarsSA) and Instagram (carssouthafrica) for the latest updates.

The Ownership Satisfaction Survey, in partnership with leading data specialists, Lightstone Consumer, forms an integral part of the awards programme, with the survey accounting for 50% of the final result in each category. The brand-specific data incorporates feedback from thousands of South African new vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles (must be less than five years old and serviced through franchised outlets).

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The Fun Car category recognises vehicles that exhibit exceptional performance and handling capabilities. More than this, to be eligible for consideration, cars in this category need to offer a complete package, combining thrills and aesthetic appeal, leaving the die-hard enthusiast smiling after every drive. The price cap for the Fun Car category is R600 000 and the pillars of success in this category include drivetrain engagement, handling, sensory appeal and standard features.

The semi-finalists in the Fun Car category of the Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank are as follows (in no particular order):

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

The recently launched Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport celebrates 40 years of the GTI and offers higher levels of performance and handling ability than the accomplished Golf GTI. Fun factor and thrills are delivered by the Clubsport’s turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 195 kW and 350 Nm of torque on tap. But that’s not all, the Clubsport features an overboost function that increases power and torque even further to 213 kW and 380 Nm respectively. Using a six-speed DSG transmission, Volkswagen claims the GTI Clubsport will reach 100 kph from standstill in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 249 kph.

More information on the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport

Mini John Cooper Works Auto

Think of the Mini John Cooper Works as a hardcore version of the already potent Mini Cooper S. This car is all about fun and with 170 kW and 320 Nm of torque on offer from its 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine, it’s ready to pounce at every opportunity.  The Mini John Cooper Works lays its power down with a six-speed automatic transmission and according to Mini, is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 kph in 6.1 seconds and can reach a top speed of 240 kph.

More information on the Mini John Cooper Works

Mazda MX-5

The latest Mazda MX-5 epitomises the spirit of what a small, compact roadster should be. The MX-5 bucks the turbocharging trend and rather provides its thrills with a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre motor that offers 118 kW and 200 Nm of torque, but don’t let the numbers deceive you. The MX-5’s compact body and light weight translates into brisk performance that’s extracted using a short-shift six-speed manual gearbox. Mazda claims the MX-5 will accelerate to 100 kph in 7.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 214 kph.

More information on the Mazda MX-5

Ford Fiesta ST

The Ford Fiesta ST is a popular choice among fun-seeking motorists and its size belies its performance capability. Fitted with a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine with 134 kW and 240 Nm of torque (290 Nm overboost), the Fiesta ST offers compelling performance. Using a slick six-speed manual transmission, the Fiesta ST is claimed to sprint to 100 kph in 6.1 seconds with a top speed of 220 kph.

More information on the Ford Fiesta ST

Audi S1 Sportback quattro

The Audi S1 Sportback quattro is a small car with a big heart and its all-wheel drive handling credentials makes it especially fun and entertaining to drive. Power in the S1 Sportback quattro comes courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that develops 170 kW and 370 Nm of torque. A smooth-shifting six-speed manual gearbox ensures a claimed zero to 100 kph sprint time of 5.9 seconds before topping out at 250 kph.

More information on the Audi S1 Sportback quattro