Meet the finalists in the Premium Crossover category of the 2020/21 #CarsAwards powered by WesBank!
Now in its 6th year, the #CarsAwards was conceived to be South Africa's definitive automotive awards programme and is backed, for the 5th year running, by the country's leading supplier of vehicle finance, WesBank.
Best Premium Crossovers in SA
These stylish vehicles offer a popular SUV look but in a smaller, more city-friendly package. They aim to attract attention with eye-catching looks, colours and capable powertrains. Individuality is the name of the game in this segment, where models’ interior and exterior looks can be tailored to buyers’ specific tastes, while still providing the most up-to-date in-car technologies.
This category is guided by both eligibility factors and Pillars of Success.
Eligibility factors for this category include a list price between R600 000 and R800 000 (as of October 1, 2020) to ensure exclusivity and status. Vehicles in this category must be a crossover/small SUV shape of the Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 etc.
Pillars of success for this category include design and quality appeal, powertrain technology, luxury, brand strength and driving dynamics.
Visit www.carsawards.co.za for more information. In no particular order, the finalists are as follows:
Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro S Line
The Audi Q3 represents a massive leap forward compared with its predecessor and it rightfully took the honours in the inaugural crossover category of the #CarsAwards-powered by WesBank. Now that the Ingolstadt-based brand’s contender competes in the premium crossover category of the 2020/21 awards programme, we’ve nominated the stylish Sportback variant of the Q3 range.
Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design
Volvo has an award-winning line-up of SUVs: the XC90 has won its category of the #CarsAwards on numerous occasions and the XC60 previously took the Executive SUV title. Now we have the baby XC40 as a contender for Premium Crossover honours. Can it replicate its siblings’ successes?
Mini Countryman Cooper S Sports-Auto
The facelifted version of the 2nd-generation Mini Countryman arrived midway through 2020, replete with some new styling options and a reworked infotainment system. The biggest of the Mini models still retains the brand’s cool and funky style and fresh Union Jack rear tail lights are a reminder that the brand is, in fact, British and not German, like the Oxford-based firm’s parent company BMW.