The Top 25 finalists for this year’s South African Car of the Year (SA COTY) has been announced. Said Graham Eagle, chairman of the 2022 committee, “The Car of the Year (COTY) committee is extremely pleased with the variety of vehicles that made the finalist round of this year’s competition. Our jury panel of experts has a tough task ahead of them.” Here are the finalists…

Here are the finalists per category…

COMPACT

Finalists

COMPACT FAMILY

Chery

MIDSIZE

Finalists

  • Audi A3
  • Hyundai Palisade
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hyundai Staria
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class

LUXURY

FInalists

  • Mercedes-AMG GLE 53

PERFORMANCE

Golf 8 GTI

NEW ENERGY

Lexus IS300h F Sport

  • Honda Fit Hybrid
  • Lexus IS
  • Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid

ADVENTURE SUV

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 GR-S front

4×4 DOUBLE CAB

Finalists

  • Nissan Navara
  • Peugeot Landtrek

The final round of scoring will commence shortly and continue until early April. This round also includes data from Lightstone, which is used for automated scoring based on segment sales volumes and spec-adjusted competitor pricing. In addition, this year will also include a public vote, which will determine the winner of the Motor Enthusiast’s Choice. The latter category was introduced last year. As a reminder, last year’s overall winner was the Peugeot 2008. (see all of 2021’s category winners here).