The winners of this year’s South African Car of the Year (SA COTY) awards have been announced, with the Toyota Corolla Cross taking the overall crown as 2022’s car of the year. Here are the category winners and the cars each had to beat for top honours…



Vying for the Compact category crown was a duo of hatchbacks, the Hyundai i20 and Peugeot 208, and two crossovers, the Kia Sonet and Toyota Urban Cruiser. The car that claimed the top spot as SA’s compact car of the year was the Urban Cruiser. 


Raking in another win for Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), the Corolla Cross won not only the Car of the Year title but was also voted as the best compact family car at this year’s SA COTY awards. The vehicles the Corolla Cross had to beat were the Hyundai Kona and Chery Tiggo 4 Pro. 


The new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class claimed the crown as SA’s best midsize vehicle for 2022. The Three-pointed Star brand’s sedan went up against the Audi A3 and a trio of Hyundais, the Palisade and Santa Fe and Staria. 


FInalists Car of the Year

The sole contender in this year’s Luxury category was the Mercedes-AMG GLE 53. Thus, without having any competition, it claimed the award. 


Golf 8 GTI Car of the Year

Competing against several established and thrilling-to-drive performance cars, the Volkswagen Golf GTI was voted as 2022’s performance car of the year. The eighth-generation GTI faced the BMW 128ti and M3 Competition, Porsche 911 Carrera GTS and the Toyota GR Yaris. Watch our in-depth video review of the GTI here.


Toyota Car of the Year

In the New-energy category, TSAM claimed its fourth win, with the Corolla Cross Hybrid claiming victory in this category. The other vehicles vying for top honours were the Honda Fit Hybrid, and Lexus IS. 


Car of the Year

With the Land Cruiser 300 handed the top spot in the Adventure SUV category, TSAM raked in its fifth award at this year’s SA COTY awards. The new Land Cruiser was up against the Isuzu mu-X.


Two double-cab bakkies were in the running in the Double Cab 4×4 category. The Nissan Navara beat the Peugeot Landtrek for the top spot.