Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards winner announced

Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo was named the overall winner at the 2014 Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards, held Thursday 21 November 2013 in Johannesburg.

Once again South African motor enthusiasts voted for their most loved car, scoring vehicles on a range of criteria. Looks and styling, interior comfort, noise and vibration levels, build quality, standard features, cargo capacity, driving experience, performance, economy, reliability, safety features, after sales service and ownership costs were all taken into account with various winners in different categories.

From practical and economical to aspirational and luxurious, 30 categories like ‘Adventure Bakkies’, ‘Premium Road Class Warriors’ and ‘Trend Setters’ honoured cars like The Ford Ranger DC, the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz SLK. But it was Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo that came out tops with the most votes cast. Second place went to the Kia Picanto and third place to the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

In the Preferred Fuel Brand category, Engen took the gold, followed by BP and Shell. Meanwhile Continental was named Preferred Tyre Brand, followed by Goodyear and Bridegstone.

The awards also acknowledged car brands bought in 2011 that retained their value in 2013. According to Transunion Auto data, the 2011 diesel-driven Evoque 2,2 SD4 Dynamic was worth 80,82% of its original purchase price, while the petrol-fed 2,0 Si4 Dynamic was worth almost as much – 80,81%.

Full list of Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards winners:

Category 1: Budget Buys – Affordability First

Make Model % of Category Vote
1 Kia Picanto 36,79
2 Hyundai i10 25,01
3 Chevrolet Spark Lite 9,99

Category 2: Urban Commuters – Cost-Conscious Runabouts

1 Volkswagen Polo Vivo 37,06
2 Ford Figo 21,00
3 Toyota Aygo 6,39

Category 3: Movers & Shakers – Compact Hatches/Sedans

1 Volkswagen Polo 20,54
2 Ford Fiesta 19,74
3 Renault Clio 10,48

Category 4: The Mod Squad – Contemporary Hatches/Sedans

1 Audi A1/A1 Sportback 19,23
2 Volkswagen Jetta 11,64
3 Mazda 3 10,96

Category 5: Mid-Sized Hatches/Sedans – More Family Versatility

1 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16,10
2 Audi A3/A3 Sportback 14,68
3 Volkswagen Golf 12,54

Category 6: Premium Class Road Warriors

1 BMW 3-Series 18,97
2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 16,72
3 Audi A4 16,66

Category 7: Cars For The Junior Executive – Big On Status

1 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 18,22
2 Jaguar XF 14,93
3 BMW 3-Series GT 13,81

Category 8: Cars For The Senior Executive – More Status Still

1 Porsche Panamera 21,64
2 Jaguar XJ 19,55
3 Mercedes-Benz CLS 13,82

Category 9: Luxury And Power – The Captain’s Choice

1 Aston Martin Rapide 22,55
2 Ferrari FF 14,28
3 Rolls Royce Ghost 11,66

Category 10: Wind In The Hair – Cabriolets And Convertibles

1 Audi A3 Cabriolet 27,61
2 BMW 1-Series Convertible 25,57
3 Mazda MX5 Roadster 11,53

Category 11: Trendsetters – Cabriolets and Convertibles

1 Mercedes-Benz SLK 20,69
2 Porsche Boxster 19,51
3 BMW Z4 10,37

Category 12: Designer Labels – Cabriolets and Convertibles

1 Porsche 911 Carerra Cabriolet 28,27
2 Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG 21,63
3 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet 11,22

Category 13: For the Really Rich – Cabriolets and Convertibles

1 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster 20,56
2 McLaren MP4-12C Spider 10,82
3 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder 8,86

Category 14: Cool Coupes – Two-Door Hard Tops

1 Toyota 86 12,30
2 Audi A5 Coupè 12,07
3 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupè 11,74

Category 15: Hot Coupès – Fabulously Fast Lane

1 Maserati Gran Turismo 18,35
2 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupè 17,87
3 Nissan GT-R 15,77

Category 16: Dream Machines – The Supercar League

1 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 15,53
2 Aston Martin V12 Vantage 9,91
3 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta 9,82

Category 17: Young Racers – Affordable Hot Hatches

1 Volkswagen Golf GTI 18,98
2 Ford Focus ST 15,09
3 Audi S3 12,63

Category 18: Track Day Specials – Super Hot Hatches/Coupes

1 Porsche Cayman S/R 19,34
2 BMW 1-Series MCoupè 15,80
3 Audi RS5 Coupè 12,87

Category 19: Upping The Pace – High Performance Expresses

1 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 17,49
2 Jaguar XFR 14,52
3 Subaru WRX STi 9,28

Category 20: Station Wagons – New Style For The Traditional

1 Audi RS4 Avant 25,70
2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 10,53
3 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake 10,32

Category 21: Compact MPVs & People Carriers – For The Family

1 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 22,67
2 Volkswagen Touran 19,93
3 Mazda 5 12,29

Category 22: Large MPVs & People Carriers – For The Extended Family

1 Mercedes-Benz Viano 19,88
2 Mercedes-Benz Vito 16,87
3 Volkswagen T5 Kombi 13,85

Category 23: SUVs and Crossovers – City & Suburban

1 Kia Sportage 16,46
2 Volkswagen Tiguan 14,48
3 Hyundai iX35 14,42

Category 24: SUVs and Crossovers – Urban & Peri-Urban

1 Toyota Fortuner 14,42
2 Ford Kuga 12,83
3 Audi Q3 12,64

Category 25: SUVs and Crossovers – Town & Country

1 Range Rover Evoque 24,71
2 Land Rover Freelander 13,34
3 Jeep Grand Cherokee 9,40

Category 26: SUVs and Crossovers – Luxury Tourers

1 Range Rover Range Rover Sport 14,55
2 Range Rover Range Rover 12,29
3 Porsche Cayenne 11,02

Category 27: Hybrids – Dawn of a New Age

1 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid 15,75
2 Porsche Panamera Hybrid 12,99
3 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 9,40

Category 28: Light Delivery Vans – Pick ’n Pack

1 Mercedes-Benz Vito Panel Van 26,18
2 Ford Transit 15,34
3 Volkswagen Caddy Panel Van 13,77

Category 29: Light Load Luggers – Single Cab Workhorses

1 Ford Ranger 18,18
2 Toyota Hilux 15,25
3 Volkswagen Amarok 14,03

Category 30: Adventure Bakkies – For Work ’n Play

1 Ford Ranger DC 24,90
2 Volkswagen Amarok DC 22,09
3 Toyota Hilux DC 11,61

THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE – OVERALL WINNERS, MOST VOTES CAST

1 Volkswagen Polo Vivo

OWNERSHIP SURVEY: BRAND CHAMPIONS, SATISFACTION RATINGS

1 Mercedes-Benz

PREFERRED FUEL BRAND

1 Engen

PREFERRED TYRE BRAND

1 Continental

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