Our rat­ing: 9

Road Trip - - TRIP GEMS -

BMW 5 SE­RIES

With an im­pec­ca­ble her­itage and rep­u­ta­tion, the BMW 5 Se­ries has al­ways been a strong con­tender in any com­pe­ti­tion, and the lat­est range is no ex­cep­tion. It is an ex­cel­lent lux­ury ve­hi­cle, with ad­vanced tech and top-notch driver as­sis­tance pro­grammes. It han­dles flaw­lessly for a big sedan and is an ac­com­plished long-dis­tance cruiser. It is su­perb in all re­spects, and for sure a strong con­tender. Pric­ing for the 5 Se­ries ranges from R750,000 to R1 mil­lion.

KIA PI­CANTO

It is cute, of­fers great value for money, and per­forms ad­mirably for a small city car – and its pre­de­ces­sor should have, in all fair­ness, won the cov­eted ti­tle al­ready. The lat­est Pi­canto per­formed bet­ter than ex­pected in all the as­pects of our tests, and now also has more con­nec­tiv­ity and luggage space than be­fore. Priced from R135,000 to just un­der R200,000, it is af­ford­able as well. A strong lit­tle con­tender.

Our rat­ing: 8 LAND ROVER DIS­COV­ERY

Big off-road ori­ented SUVS gen­er­ally don’t do well in the SA COTY com­pe­ti­tion, mostly be­cause of the less than ideal on­road and track per­for­mance. How­ever, this Disco per­fectly com­bines off-road prow­ess and limo-like ride char­ac­ter­is­tics on the open road. It is a hugely com­fort­able road trip cruiser. Still, its softer looks are po­lar­is­ing, with some yearn­ing for the more hard-core lines of its pre­de­ces­sor. It de­serves its fi­nal­ist spot, but with prices from R700,000 to well over R2 mil­lion, it isn’t ex­actly cheap.

Our rat­ing: 7 PEU­GEOT 3008

The sur­prise of the bunch. The 3008’s ex­te­rior and in­te­rior styling is ex­quis­ite, the cabin lay­out in­no­va­tive and well thought through, al­beit some­what quirky, and dy­nam­i­cally this Peu­geot can hold its own against much more sporty cars. It has a sense of style and flair no other crossover has, and com­bines this with prac­ti­cal­ity and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy. It won the 2017 Euro­pean Car of theyear ti­tle, among other awards, so it must be a strong con­tender.

Our rat­ing: 9

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