One brand dom­i­nates the Gumtree awards

PRE-OWNED NEWS/ VW scoops nearly half of the prizes in the 2018 edi­tion of the pre-owned cars as­sess­ment

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Volk­swa­gen won five of the 11 cat­e­gories in the 2018 Gumtree Auto Pre-Owned Awards an­nounced last week. Toy­ota, Mazda and Audi also en­joyed strong show­ings with two wins each.

The awards, now in their sec­ond year, are unique in SA in their recog­ni­tion of ve­hi­cles which de­liver re­sale value, qual­ity, dura­bil­ity, over­all per­for­mance and econ­omy for pre­owned buy­ers. Only 2016 mod­els with at least six months of depreciation data were con­sid­ered and five fi­nal­ists in each of the 11 cat­e­gories were judged ex­ten­sively by an ex­pert panel.

Volk­swa­gen swept the hatch­back and sedan cat­e­gories up to R300,000, win­ning the Bud­get City Car cat­e­gory with the Take Up, the Light Hatch­back cat­e­gory with the Polo Vivo, the Medium Sedan di­vi­sion with the Jetta, and the Medium Hatch­back class with the Golf 1.4TSI.

Volk­swa­gen’s fifth win­ner was the Golf R, which shared top spot in Per­for­mance Car un­der R615,000 with the Audi S3 S-Tronic. This was the clos­est con­tested cat­e­gory, with the third-placed BMW 240i just 10 points adrift of the joint win­ners.

Audi scored its sec­ond tri­umph in the Medium-sized Lux­ury Sedan un­der R550,000 cat­e­gory with the A4 2.0TDI STronic which nar­rowly beat the BMW 330D.

Toy­ota dom­i­nated in the SUV cat­e­gories. the For­tuner win­ning SUVs un­der R505,000 and the Hilux tak­ing 4x2 Dou­ble Cabs un­der R460,000.

Mazda’s CX3 won the Crossovers un­der R325,000 in con­vinc­ing fash­ion in the only cat­e­gory with a unan­i­mous win­ner among all 11 judges. Mazda also took the SUVs un­der R330,000 with the CX5 2.0 Ac­tive model.

Jaguar won the Lux­ury SUVs un­der R700,000 cat­e­gory with the at­trac­tively styled F-Pace.

Three of the 2018 win­ners were re­peat­ing their 2017 tri­umphs: Volk­swa­gen Golf 1.4TSI Trend­line, Volk­swa­gen Golf R and Mazda CX3 2.0 In­di­vid­ual.

Jeff Os­borne, Head of Au­to­mo­tive at Gumtree, said the judges had done an out­stand­ing job. “Th­ese awards are go­ing from strength to strength as an im­por­tant guide for buy­ers in the mar­ket­place. Twice as many pre-owned ve­hi­cles are bought ev­ery year in SA than new ones and this is a key way that Gumtree can help every­one nav­i­gate that process.”

The VW Take Up won the Bud­get City Car cat­e­gory.

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