Meet the finalists in the Premium Hatch category of the 2019/20 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank!
Now in its 5th year, the #CarsAwards was conceived to be South Africa's definitive automotive awards programme and is backed, for the 4th year running, by the country's leading supplier of vehicle finance, WesBank.
Best Premium Hatch in SA
The Premium Hatch category is guided by both eligibility factors and Pillars of Success. Eligibility for this category includes a list price that must exceed R400 000 but not R600 000 (prices as of 1 September 2019), must offer a hatchback shape (3-door variants included), ESP (Electronic Stability Control) and dual front, side and curtain airbags.
Pillars of Success in this category include powertrain technology, practicality, brand strength, design and quality appeal, ride and handling, safety and in-car entertainment and connectivity.
Visit www.carsawards.co.za for more information. The finalists are as follows:
Mercedes-Benz A200 AMG Line
The old A-Class, which marked the transition of Benz's compact offering from an MPV-ish shopping cart to a desirable premium hatchback, was not without its faults. The ride was harsh and some of the cabin materials weren’t of the quality you’d expect from the Three-pointed Star. The new version claims to have addressed the ride quality issues and the cabin is one of the most advanced we’ve ever seen in this category. The A200 is back this year to retain the title it scooped last year.
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Volkswagen Golf GTI
Although the Volkswagen badge may not be perceived to be at the same level as the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the GTI moniker drips with enough desirability to make this Golf derivative a very strong seller in the South African market. Its appeal goes beyond performance credentials, though. The Golf GTI is also packed with standard features and put together every bit as well as the best in this class.
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Mazda3 2.0 Astina
Just look at it! The handsomely styled new Mazda3 arrived in South Africa mid-way through 2019 and has made an instant impact, not least because of its surfeit kerb appeal. While its refined Kodo design language may draw various opinions, we think this new Mazda3 is one of the more striking and classy-looking premium hatchbacks. With this new 3, the brand has really moved upmarket; it demonstrates serious intent to compete with the premium brands.
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