The Peugeot 2008 has recently defeated 23 other finalists to win the title of South African Car of the Year in 2021.
The competition, which has been run by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists since 1986, also featured nine category winners (see below), ranging from budget cars to adventure vehicles, double cabs, and new energy vehicles.
But there can only be one overall winner, and this year's winner was the Peugeot 2008 compact SUV, which impressed judges with its combination of sophistication and value.
The 2008 was also the most popular vehicle among jurors prior to the addition of value-based automated scores to the overall tally, earning it the Juror's Excellence Award.
These were also the 2021 South African Car of the Year category winners...
Budget: Toyota Starlet
Compact: Hyundai Venue
Family Compact: Peugeot 2008
Family: Audi A4
Premium: BMW 4 Series
Performance: Porsche 911 Turbo S
New Energy: Porsche Taycan
Adventure SUV: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
Double Cab: Toyota Hilux
The SAGMJ also announced the winner of the public vote, with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class receiving the Motor Enthusiast's Choice award.
The competition for the 2021 South African Car of the Year was open to vehicles introduced in the country between November 2019 and April 2021. This was the first year that the scoring was entirely electronic, as there were no official test days where all of the finalists were present.
As with many international competitions, the jurors - a group of experienced motoring journalists - rated the cars based on their testing experiences over the course of the year.
“The 2021 SA Car of the Year (COTY) presented its own set of challenges. We did not hold our scheduled two-day juror evaluation event for the first time in the competition's history,” the SAGMJ stated. “Fortunately, we had the foresight to develop an ongoing online scoring system available to all South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) members in 2019 based on scoring criteria that closely mirrored COTY's voting criteria.
“The scoring system was initially developed to compile a database of vehicles tested, their strengths and weaknesses, and to compare them to category contenders.”
Previous winners of the South African Car of the Year award include:
Jaguar I-Pace in 2020
Mercedes-Benz A-Class in 2019
Porsche Panamera 2018
Opel Astra in 2017
Volvo XC90 2016
Porsche Macan S Diesel 2015
Porsche Cayman S 2014
Porsche Boxster (2013)
Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS 2012
VW Polo 1.6 TDI and BMW 530d in 2011.
VW Golf 6 1.4 TSI Comfortline 2010
Honda Accord 2.4i Executive 2009
Individual Mazda 2 1.5 2008
Honda Civic 1.8 VXi 2007
Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI 2006
Volvo S40 2.4i, 2005
Renault Mégane 1.9 dCi in 2004
VW Polo 1.4 TDI in 2003
Audi A4 1.9 TDI 2002
BMW 320d in 2001
Renault Clio 1.4 RT in 2000
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