2015 SA Car of the Year semi-finalists named

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

The South Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has released the list of the 40 semi-finalists that will contest the 2015 South African Car of Year Awards.

Made-up of new models that have entered the South African market over certain period, the semi-finalists will be whittled down to 20 before the final nine are unveiled at the Inanda Polo Club in Johannesburg on October 23th.

They will then be put through a stringent range of test and real-world challenges until March next year, with the winner being crowned on March 18th.

 

The 40 semi-finalists are:

Car Engine Specifications  Power and Torque  Price 
Alfa Romeo 4C TCT 1,742 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo I4 177 kW; 350 N.m  R870 000 
Audi A3 Sedan 1.4T FSI SE S tronic 1,390 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo I4   92 kW; 200 N.m  R380 000 
Audi S3 quattro S tronic 1,984 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo I4 206 kW; 380 N.m  R531 500 
Audi S3 Sportback quattro S tronic 1,984 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo I4 206 kW; 380 N.m R539 000 
Audi RSQ3 S tronic 2,480 cc - DOHC 20v Turbo I5 228 kW; 420 N.m  R741 000 
BMW M235i 2,979 cc - DOHC 24v Turbo I6 240 kW; 450 N.m  R558 079
BMW M3 M-DCT 2,979 cc - DOHC 24v Turbo I6 317 kW; 550 N.m  R1 048 092
BMW 435i Coupe Steptronic 2,979 cc - DOHC 24v Turbo I6 225 kW; 400 N.m  R742 527
BMW X5 xDrive30d Steptronic 2,993 cc - DOHC 24v I6 190 kW; 560 N.m R876 694 
Chevrolet Sonic RS 1,364 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo I4 103 kW; 200 N.m  R231 000 
Citroën C4 Picasso e-HDi 115 Intensive 1,560 cc - DOHC 16v I4   85 kW; 270 N.m  R345 900
Honda Accrod 3.5 Exclusive AT 3,471 cc - SOHC 12v V6 207 kW; 339 N.m  R562 000
Honda Brio Amaze 1.2 Trend 1,198 cc - DOHC 16v I4   65 kW; 109 N.m  R137 500
Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 Fluid 1,248 cc - DOHC 16v I4   64 kW; 120 N.m  R149 900
Infiniti Q50 2.2d Premium AT 2,143 cc - DOHC 16v I4 125 kW; 400 N.m R429 000
Jaguar F-Type S Coupe AT 2,995 cc - DOHC 24v SC V6 280 kW; 460 N.m  R994 100 
Kia Cerato Koup 1.6T-GDI 1,591 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo I4 152 kW; 265 N.m  R334 995
Land Rover Range Rover Sport SC HSE Dynamic 5,000 cc - DOHC 32v SC V8 375 kW; 625 N.m  R1 365 023
Lexus ES300h EX 2,494 cc - DOHC 16v I4 151 kW; 213 N.m  R546 400 
Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI BlueTEC 7G 2,143 cc - DOHC 16v I4 125 kW; 400 N.m  R477 000 
Mercedes-Benz CLA220 CDI 7G 2,143 cc - DOHC 16v I4 125 kW; 350 N.m  R477 600 
Mercedes-Benz GLA220 CDI 4Matic 7G 2,143 cc - DOHC 16v I4 125 kW; 350 N.m  R515 031 
Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid 7G 3,498 cc - DOHC 24v V6 225 kW; 370 N.m R1 287 401
Mini Cooper 1,499 cc - DOHC 12v Turbo I3 100 kW; 220 N.m  R296 000
Nissan Leaf electric   80 kW; 245 N.m R450 600
Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi Acenta AWD 1,598 cc - DOHC 16v I4   96 kW; 320 N.m  R383 800
Peugeot 2008 1.6 Allure 1,560 cc - DOHC 16v I4   88 kW; 160 N.m R269 900
Porsche Macan S diesel 2,967 cc - DOHC 24v V6 190 kW; 580 N.m  R862 000
Renault Clio RS Cup EDC 1,618 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo I4  147 kW; 280 N.m R319 900 
Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4WD 1,461 cc - SOHC 8v I4    81 kW; 240 N.m  R255 900 
Renault Sandero 0.9 TCe Dynamique    898 cc - DOHC 12v Turbo I3    66 kW; 135 N.m R145 900 
Renault Sandero Stepway 0.9 TCe    898 cc - DOHC 12v Turbo I3   66 kW; 135 N.m  R159 900 
Subaru WRX Premium 1,998 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo H4 197 kW; 350 N.m R449 000 
Suzuki Ertiga 1.4 GLX 1,373 cc - DOHC 16v I4    70 kW; 130 N.m  R192 900 
Suzuki Swift DZire 1.2 GL 1,197 cc - DOHC 16v I4   63 kW; 113 N.m  R138 900 
Toyota Corolla 1.4 D4-D Prestige 1,364 cc - SOHC 8v I4   66 kW; 205 N.m  R259 900 
Volkswagen Golf R DSG 1,984 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo I4 206 kW; 380 N.m R499 900 
Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI 81 kW Highline 1,197 cc - DOHC 16v Turbo I4   81 kW; 175 N.m R237 400
Volvo S60 D4 Excel Geartronic 1,969 cc - DOHC 16v I4 133 kW; 400 N.m  R426 400 
Volvo V60 D4 Excel Geartronic 1,969 cc - DOHC 16v I4 133 kW; 400 N.m  R435 600 

 

Please note that all diesel models are turbochargered, hence no turbo reference is made in the 'Engine Specification' section. For the Jaguar and Land Rover, SC denotes supercharger. 

 

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