Three pointed star scoops up SA’s best quality new car


The Mercedes-Benz E-class has been voted South Africa’s best new quality car according to international market research company, Ipsos. Benz’s mid-sized sedan recorded an industry average figure of only 10 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), well above the industry standard of 40, which has remained constant since 2005.

Mercedes-Benz also locked out the remaining steps on the ‘podium’ with the C-class Coupe and petrol powered C-class sedan, finishing a combined second with 14 PP100. In addition, the German manufacturer’s East London plant was awarded gold and best motoring plant in South Africa with only 15 PP100, ahead of BMW's Rosslyn plant in Pretoria, (15 PP100) and Toyota's Prospecton plant near Durban (29 PP100).

Japanese car giant Mazda was awarded best passenger car manufacturer, achieving gold with 24 PP100 ahead of silver price winners Toyota (28 PP100 and Opel (29 PP100), with bronze going to Chevrolet (35 PP100), Ford (37 PP100) and Volkswagen (37 PP100).

Top prize in the recreational category went to the Audi Q7 (18 PP100) ahead of the Toyota FJ Cruiser (21 PP100) and Audi Q5 (21 PP100), while South Africa’ perineal best-selling vehicle, the Toyota Hilux, was award best light commercial vehicle (LCV), with the petrol powered single cab finishing ahead of his double cab sibling (18 PP100 and 25 P100 respectively). Third position went to the petrol powered single cab Ford Ranger with 27 PP100.

In addition, the Hilux also scored gold in four out of the five LCV categories for best petrol single and double cab, as well as best diesel single and double cab. In the ¾ LCV segment, the locally build Nissan NP200 and Chevrolet Utility both achieved gold status with 50 PP100 and 51 PP100 respectively.


Combined Top 15 Best Quality New Car Results

Position Car Problems Per 100 Vehicles
1. Mercedes-Benz E-class 10 PP100
2. Mercedes C-class Coupe 14 PP100
3. Mercedes C-class petrol 14 PP100
4. Chevrolet Sonic hatch 17 PP100
5. Audi Q7 18 PP100
6. Mazda 3 sedan 18 PP100
7. Mercedes C-class diesel 18 PP100
8. Toyota Hilux single cab petrol 18 PP100
9. Audi A1 19 PP100
10. BMW 3-series 19 PP100
11. Toyota Auris 20 PP100
12. Audi A4/S4 21 PP100
13. Audi Q5 21 PP100
14. Toyota Avanaza 21 PP100
15 Toyota FJ Cruiser 21 PP100


CAPTION: The Mercedes-Benz E-class is South Africa's new best quality car with only 10 problems per 100 vehicles. IMAGE sourced from